? Joe Altobelli, Baltimore Oriole manager, recalling that President Reagan had spent an inning in the team's dugout on Opening Day: "He sat right where I usually sit. I didn't have the heart to say 'Move over.' "
?Steve Albert, New Jersey Nets TV announcer, whose SportsChannel-issued blazer has resulted in fans mistaking him for an usher, asked if he'd want to switch to a different one next season: "No way. I've made $2.50 in tips this year."
? Earl Strom, NBA referee, complaining to Atlanta coach Mike Fratello after the Hawks' Dan Roundfield protested a call: "I don't think he has the right to yell at me just because I miss a call. I don't yell at him when he misses a layup."
? Fred Smerlas, the Buffalo Bills' All-Pro tackle, objecting to the team's switch from white to red helmets: "Red is kind of a wimpy color. Maybe next they'll make us wear little flowers on our jerseys, up around the shoulder pads. And then we can have Big Bird on the sides of our pants to make the kids happy."