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BY GEORGE, HE'S SOME HITTER
Ron Fimrite
August 11, 1980
As a matter of fact, Kansas City's Third Baseman George Brett might well be the best in baseball. And he is a big winner off the field, too
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August 11, 1980

By George, He's Some Hitter

As a matter of fact, Kansas City's Third Baseman George Brett might well be the best in baseball. And he is a big winner off the field, too

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"Is playing ball worth it?"

"It is on paydays."

"You're a fidgety young man, aren't you? Do you smoke?"

"Only when I'm on fire. No, I chew."

"I chewed when I was in high school once. But I take Valium now."

"Better watch that."

"Oh, I know, they say you can get hooked on it. Well, I've been taking it for nearly 20 years and I'm not hooked yet. Say, how can you move your ankle when it's all taped up like that?"

"Look, that's how I can move it. After this, they're going to make me run."

"Isn't that the way it always is? They just don't give you any rest around here."

Brett injured his ankle stealing a base in a game against Cleveland on June 10. "I saw their shortstop...what's his name, [Jerry] Dybzinski?...coming across the base," he recalls, "and I was distracted, so I slid late, hit the bag and bounced back. I heard a big pop." Says Kansas City Manager Jim Frey, "I wish he had one less stolen base." There is nothing particularly surprising about Brett being injured. Anyone who plays baseball with his reckless zeal is going to come a cropper from time to time. "George gets hurt a lot because he's so aggressive," says Royal General Manager Joe Burke, "but then he wouldn't be as good as he is if he weren't so aggressive, so what can you do?"

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