I said, "I can't do it on one look, John."
He says, "What are you saying, that you don't take my word for it?"
I said, "No, John, I take your word for it, but I'm just asking you as a personal favor to me: take one more look!"
He says, "If you want to be bullheaded and stubborn, all right. I'll take another look. But it'll be the same!"
A couple of weeks go by, and we're still hurting for a relief pitcher on the big club. Now it's the first of July and the phone rings, and it's Johnny. "I took another look at Sherry and nothing's changed," he says. "Besides, you've got to take him now."
I said, "Why?"
He said, "Because I just bought him a plane ticket to Los Angeles!"
How do you like that? One of our best scouts has now taken over my job and the road secretary's job at the same time! I had to laugh. "All right, John," I said, "and if he doesn't work out, we can take the cost of the ticket out of your pay."
"That's fine with me," Johnny said, "and when you win the pennant you can give me a bonus out of your pay!"
Larry Sherry shows up on the 2nd of July and turns the bullpen into the Rock of Gibraltar. Largely thanks to him, we end the season in a tie with Milwaukee and go into a playoff. Sherry, 7-2 for the regular season, went right out and saved us in the first playoff game. He came on in the second inning, stopped the Braves, shut them out the rest of the way, and we won 3-2.