New York's Ron Blomberg and Mike Kekich are roommates on the road. Usually, Blomberg likes to take a bat back to the hotel to practice his swing.
"Don't bring your bat in the room again," warned Kekich.
"I'm going to bring my bat tonight," vowed Blomberg.
"I'll put the lamps and chairs around so you won't have room to swing it," replied Kekich.
"Then I'll hit the lamps and chairs when I swing the bat," said Blomberg.
"I'm glad there's something you think you can hit," said Kekich.
The Yankees were loose all right, but they weren't taking advantage of their chances to move into the lead. The Red Sox, by contrast, were not even loose. Reggie Smith, apparently stung by rookie Carlton Fisk's public suggestion that he wasn't bearing down, did produce 10 RBIs in three days. But he refused to produce any postgame quotes for the press.
Things looked bleak in Cleveland when Gaylord Perry, the man whose reportedly dewy fingers had given Indian fans some pretext on which to be dewy-eyed with hope, lost his fourth straight. For Milwaukee, Brock Davis played an enemy single into a home run. Rick Auerbach got tagged out oversliding second base and Ellie Rodriguez failed to tag a runner on an unusual play at the plate—all in one bad game against the White Sox.
On the whole it was the kind of week in the Eastern Division that led Western observer Ted Williams to remark that while the Orioles looked like the team to beat, they also looked dead.
DET 62-53 BALT 61-53 NY 59-54 BOST 57-55 CLEV 53-61 MIL 44-70