motionless as the teams changed sides and as they played the top of the ninth,
about which I can remember little. It seems to me that Paul Blair got a hit and
Dick Drago pitched. There was base running of some kind, activity around
second. I know there was no scoring.
Just before the
start of the last of the ninth, I imagined myself swimming in an enormous pool.
I was in the desert in early summer. I thought that it was the dry heat that
enabled me to move through the water so rapidly. I hardly had to move my arms
or legs in order to cover the length of the pool. It was possible to swim
I spotted Dwight
Evans striding quickly, intensely to the plate. For whom was he hitting?
He was hitting
for Frank Duffy, who had replaced Jack Brohamer, who had been hit for by
Bailey. Duffy had played third in the top of the ninth, and I hadn't even
Evans was hitting
Why hadn't Evans
come to bat instead of Bailey in the seventh?
And where was
Garry Hancock? A lefthanded hitter, a slim Gary Geiger kind of guy. Where was
It looked to me
as if Evans nearly got ahold of one. He missed, by God knows how small a
portion of the ball, and flied routinely to left.
Burleson as if it had been his intention. That would give Rice a turn at bat,
providing Remy stayed out of the double play.
Remy lined a shot
to right. My thought was...double play. Piniella catches the ball and throws to
Chambliss with Burleson miles off first.