He continued: "Analytically speaking, I can save a certain amount of time by scientific listening. For example, in a game like today's, I began by listening only to the Giants at bat. Then Alou's home run put the Giants ahead by a couple of runs, so I shifted from offensive listening to defensive listening. Right now I'm listening defensively."
The Cubs were retired in the eighth, and he turned his radio off.
The Giants were also retired in the eighth, and when he turned his radio on again Averill was batting for Ceccarelli, the Cubs' pitcher, in the top of the ninth. Averill grounded out to Davenport, who had replaced Brandt at third base: Manager Rigney was also listening defensively.
"This one's in the bag," the man said. "Hopefully speaking, I think McCormick is back on the track again, and we're in. The Cubs have been the spoilers, but we're knocking them off."
"Cautiously speaking," his guest said, "while you were hopefully speaking Taylor singled."
Then Altman singled, too. The tying run was on first base, only one man was out, and the Giants' infield was joined by Manager Rigney in conference with McCormick. In the bullpen, Sam Jones was warming.
"Frankly speaking, it's been a dull game." The man fed his fireplace. At Seals Stadium, fans who had been shuffling toward the exits re-sat themselves, and Sam Jones, who had been watching the game first from the dugout and then from the bullpen, walked slowly toward the pitcher's mound. He was chewing a toothpick.
When Davenport replaced Brandt at third base, Brandt moved to left field, where he belongs, and Cepeda to first base, where he belongs. McCovey was in the Giants' dugout. Lee Walls was now replaced at bat by Dale Long, and the man in the house near Twin Peaks began to pace between his fireplace and his picture window. In short, there was a good deal of agitated shuffling of souls.
Sam Jones struck out Dale Long. Two men now were out, the tying run was still at first base, and Ernie Banks was the batter.
"Statistically speaking," said the guest of the man with the view of Twin Peaks, who was pacing more rapidly than before, "Banks is leading the league in homers and RBIs."