obviously did not sit well with his manager and some of his teammates. "He
makes $250,000 a year," said Relief Pitcher Tug McGraw, who does not.
"If he was so hot to celebrate the championship with his family, he should
have flown them here to St. Louis. They said he's been hitting an hour and a
half every day at home. What does he think his teammates are doing out here in
St. Louis?" McGraw also reportedly raised the delicate issue of race at a
stormy team meeting held last Wednesday by claiming that several of the black
players had formed a clique. "Somebody's sure been fooling me this
season," said Maddox. "I never saw a sign all year of any race
Ruly Carpenter finally intervened in the Allen brouhaha. He met his
recalcitrant employee at the farm and advised him that Taylor would be in
uniform for the playoffs—but as a coach, not as a player. "Everything has
been straightened out," Carpenter said to the press after the conversation.
" Allen apologized for any problem he may have created. He will be in
uniform tomorrow night."
If the Allen case
is indeed closed, then all that remains is Cash's season-long disenchantment
with the Phillies' front office. Cash, who is considered the team leader, has
not signed a contract and, unlike many of the other future free agents, seems
unhappy about it.
All of this grief
may serve to unite the Phillies for a supreme effort in the playoffs. An angry
team can be a winning team, as the A's have proved. Or it can come apart, as
hundreds of other angry teams have in the past. Chances are the Phillies are
not as resilient as the roustabout A's of recent seasons have been. And the
Reds are not the team they were in 1972. They are better. Only complacency can
undo them. In the battle of Big Red Machines, pick Cincinnati to win in