If you were a Yankee fan growing up around New York in the '50s, you probably spent a lot of time trying to con your old man into letting you stay up for just one more at bat by Mickey Mantle. After all, who knew when The Mick was going to hit one 500 feet? Much the same thing is happening in Oakland this season with Dave Kingman, a fellow who knows a thing or two about 500-foot home runs.
It's gotten so that even Kingman's Oakland teammates will delay a trip to the clubhouse between innings if it means there's a chance they might miss one of his at bats. And there's minimal movement in the rest of the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum when Kingman, who leads the majors with 28 homers, is about to take his cuts.
But not all the fans stay glued to their seats. "My sister was at the park the other day, and she said she had a tough time trying to get a hot dog because the lines were so long," says Kingman. "She said the best time to get a hot dog was when I came to bat." There's nothing like a sibling to prevent a swelled head.