The next day Gross had his first major league homer and three RBIs and Allen, Page and Sanguillen had two hits each as the A's beat the Twins 9-6 in the opener of a doubleheader. In the nightcap, Finley's rookies and rejects were not as fortunate, losing 7-1 to Paul Thormodsgard, who pitched in Class A ball last season.
Of course, no accurate prognosis of the A's chances can be made on the basis of three games. But even if they are young and vulnerable now, who is to say that they won't some day be worth a poetic tribute of their own. Does anybody know a rhyme for Picciolo?