Garcia and Biagini
are sitting in a restaurant in a small Mexican town. It will be many hours on
the bus before this trip is over. The restaurant is overwhelmed by the rush of
players, and breakfast will be a two-hour ordeal. At the next table, a young
player orders his bacon folded. He thinks it shrinks less if it's folded.
Garcia picks up
the local paper and turns to the page reporting major league baseball.
another save last night," he says.
Biagini looks up.
"Did you hear Garagiola talking about Barojas and Escárrega on the Game of
Salomé Barojas had
been a Mexican League star for six seasons before going up to the White Sox
this spring. Ernesto Escárrega had also gone from the Liga to the Sox.
imitating Joe Garagiola: " 'These guys are really something. They get
behind 2 and 0 and 3 and 1 and they come at you from everywhere with breaking
stuff. Where do they find these guys?' "
thing is something Biagini wants to talk about.
"I was amazed.
Where does he think they find them?"
Garagiola again: " 'Boy, they are really beating the bushes down there
Biagini shakes his
head and says, "Yeah, right, Joe."