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The Russians might not have understood Romagna's final statistics—18 strikeouts, three walks, a two-hit shutout—but they would probably have stood and applauded, the way everyone but scouts and Altoonians did when he struck out the side in the ninth. The last batter swung too late at a good low fastball, and then the Johnstown players ran toward the mound and fans poured onto the field. As the rest of the scouts filed out, Nickels stood watching the celebration. "This is special," he said. "It's why I've always liked this tournament.... But what do they do here the rest of the year?"
At the Monte Carlo tavern, Bob Engle of the Toronto Blue Jays walked over to the scouts sitting at the big round table. "I just heard," he announced, "that the Scouting Bureau's going to send out a report on the San Diego Chicken. They say he's a legitimate prospect."
"Could be true. Those guys have turned in worse than him. Maybe they think he's got the good comb."
"Sit down and get some of this pizza and tell me how good you think Romagna is. And don't forget to subtract the crowd."
"How good do you think he is?"
"I think he's too small for a righthand pitcher. If he was a lefty, I'd like him about $50,000."
"The Reds will never give him that—will they, Gene? They'll just keep draftin' him."
"I'll tell you who I'd like to draft," said Gene Bennett of the Reds. "Chris Sabo. He's got 6.6 speed [for the 60], good power, good hands for infield, a good arm. Too bad he got injured today."
"How bad's he hurt?"
"He broke his collarbone," Bennett said. "I didn't see it, but that guy Morry told me." Morry Moorawnick was the Detroit scorekeeper, and the very mention of his name was enough to make Ben McLure, the Blue Jays' scout, laugh. "You ever see Morry's score book? He designed it so he can put everything in it. I mean Everything. One time at this tournament I looked over his shoulder to get the lineup before the game, and there was a whole line there to describe the weather conditions. And Morry had written in: 'High, steely-gray, cumulonimbus clouds with soft gusts from the north-northwest at five to 10 miles per hour.' "