perhaps, Rivers hasn't entirely avoided run-ins with the understanding
Corrales. When the Texas skipper accused Mickey of not hustling two weeks ago,
the centerfielder pouted on the bench for three games. But after 205 hits,
after a solid year in the field, after a season during which he did a lot of
hustling, it would be unfair to dwell too long on the negative. Or to expect
Rivers to be quite the player he used to be.
to a certain age," says Rivers, who'll be 32 later this month, "where I
can't pound myself on the gravel like I used to. Some guys, a couple more years
and they be out of the game. I'm going to pace myself and play for a good
situation, 'cause if you hit that ground 150 times a year, you got to be
paining at the end of the year."
Not that the
Gozzlehead is overly concerned. "Ain't no sense in worrying about things
you got control over, 'cause if you got control over them, ain't no sense
worrying," he says. Huh? Read on. "And there ain't no sense worrying
about things you got no control over, 'cause if you got no control over them,
ain't no sense in worrying about them. Now everything's fallen into place for
me. The mistakes, the ups and downs, that's life. I'm playing baseball, doing
what I like."