There are some people, even in Montreal, who suspect that Staub is becoming too involved with his burgeoning business interests to pay sufficient attention to his performances on the field. Staub insists his life in a baseball uniform comes first, and it is true that if he has not hit with the same authority that he did last season, that is partly because rival pitchers rarely offer him anything to hit except waste pitches. He is the only tough out in the Expos' lineup. One day recently when he did get the pitches he wanted, he had 3 for 4, including a two-run homer, and threw out the tying run at the plate as the Expos beat the Mets 6-5 to stop their five-game win streak. Sunday his two-run homer downed the Mets again, 3-2.
Recently, walking through La Place Ville Marie, Staub paused to reflect on his coming to Montreal. "The Expos," he said, "traded for a ballplayer. I hope I've been more than a ballplayer to them."
Right then a girl shouted: "C'est Le Grand Orange!"