FUN AND GAMES
Just before midnight on Aug. 13, the Pirates' night game with the Cardinals in Busch Stadium was postponed, after a 2�-hour rain delay, and rescheduled for the next afternoon. Pittsburgh manager Jim Leyland, two of his coaches and the team's two trainers decided to sleep in the clubhouse rather than check back into their hotel. At 5:58 a.m., coach Rich Donnelly was awakened by Leyland, who then started vacuuming the manager's office in the visitor's clubhouse. Donnelly then went out to second base in his shorts to check the weather.... Two weeks ago, Reds owner Marge Schott gave a large chocolate lollipop in the shape of her Saint Bernard, Schottzie, to dieting L.A. manager Tom Lasorda because, as she put it, "Tommy looks too thin."...Only 17 players in history have played in four or more decades. Next season six—Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan, White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, Brewer pitcher Jerry Reuss, Dodger catcher Rick Dempsey, Braves infielder Darrell Evans and Royals first baseman-DH Bill Buckner—could reach that milestone. "It means a lot to every one of us," says Reuss. "There are so many of us because of several factors—physical conditioning, the money and, most of all, the fact that some players today are a lot more mentally conditioned than they're credited with. Mental toughness and discipline are the keys to lasting this long."...The Republican party in Texas wants Ryan to run for state agriculture commissioner. It's unlikely that Ryan will agree, but if he does, he will have no trouble getting the backing of club owner George W. Bush. The Democrat incumbent, Jim High-tower, once called Bush's father "a toothache" and added, "He is a man who was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple."