And finally, there's Mike Squires, 31, a Gold Glove winner at the position in 1981, who comes in on defense for both Paciorek and Walker in the late innings of virtually every game. As a result of this specialization, Squires had some of the more interesting statistics of the season through Sunday—138 games played with 149 times at bat.
LaRussa envisions a World Series scenario that would have Luzinski starting at first with Paciorek in the outfield, probably replacing Rudy Law, and Squires at the ready to field the grounders and low throws from the seventh inning on when the Sox lead. Even Walker, the most likely victim of such machinations, approves the strategy, saying, "Everybody realizes we've got to have the Bull's bat in the lineup."
Luzinski has, in fact, had one of his more notable power-hitting seasons. In terms of average he has been hitting what appears to be his weight—.252 through Sunday—but three of his homers have cleared the roof in leftfield at Comiskey Park. "I've made the so-called adjustment to being a DH," he says. "It worked out well for me."
If the White Sox make it to the World Series, he will have yet another adjustment to make.