? Cesar Geronimo, Cincinnati Red outfielder, on becoming Nolan Ryan's 3,000th strikeout victim, just as he had been Bob Gibson's 3,000th in 1974: "I was just in the right place at the right time."
? Claude Humphrey, Philadelphia Eagle defensive end, bemoaning the scorching heat that awaited his arrival at training camp in West Chester, Pa.: "If God wanted it so hot, why did He invent people?"
?John O'Leary, Montreal Alouette running back, retiring because of a neck injury: "The doctors told me there are two things I can't do—play football or dive into empty swimming pools."
? Buddy Bell, Texas Ranger third baseman and son of onetime big league outfielder Gus Bell, pointing out Seattle Mariner Coach Vada Pinson to his son David: "That's the guy who took Grandpa's job."