He could not
think of it. Maybe it was: "They that can give up essential liberty to
obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Anyway, Marshall was off and running, looking strangely like a small boy at
That night he
would jog in from the bullpen, carefully tamp down the mound, rescue Downing
and, as a true team player, help achieve victory with his bat. Afterward, he
would dress quickly, steer clear of journalists imposing on his privacy and
retreat out of sight.
Marshall has a
wife and three daughters, but he refuses to discuss anything so private as
family life. He is equally reluctant to reveal what plans he might have after
he achieves his doctorate. He has said before that he is fully prepared to
abandon the ball park for the groves of academe, although he cannot expect an
educational institution, even one as affluent as Michigan State, to reward him
with a salary comparable to the $87,500 the Dodgers reportedly pay him. The
inordinate amounts paid big leaguers is merely an added incongruity in the life
of an intellectual who plays a child's game so well that he keeps winning, even
while deploring the concept of victory.
a speedy dresser, was happy with the victory that kept the Dodgers 5½ games
ahead of the Reds, their opponents in a key three-game series this week. "I
know what Mike says about winning, and how performance is all that really
matters," he said. "But there's one thing: his kind of performance
leads to winning."