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"Aw," said the first. "What do you know about goff?"
"I know they make $40,000," the second man said, "and I say make 'em work for it."
Some things are going well for the Detroit Tigers this year—for instance, that trade of Pitcher Mickey Lolich (3-9 with the New York Mets) for Outfielder Rusty Staub (.316 with Detroit and a likely American League All-Star)—but others not so well. The Tigers had one of those Bat Days recently at which kids 14 and under were given free bats. The club cautioned that it had only about 17,000 of them to give away, so come early. The kids showed up and were duly given their prizes—among them Nate Colbert bats, Jim Northrup bats, Gates Brown bats. Enthusiasm was restrained, with reason. Colbert, a bust with the Tigers, was sold a year ago. Northrup was traded two years ago. Brown retired at the end of last season.
The Tigers explained that they had been unable to order enough new bats in time and had to give away leftovers from past Bat Days. As it was, they did not even deplete the back stock, which did include some Al Kalines and Norm Cashes. Maybe, later in the season, they could dispose of those at another Bat Day, after throwing in a few Frank House or Charlie Maxwell bats to perk up interest.
GIVING HIS ALL