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Holding On To Win At The Wire
Steve Wulf
October 11, 1982
Milwaukee was reeling after three consecutive losses to Baltimore, but on Sunday it had victory in its grasp
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October 11, 1982

Holding On To Win At The Wire

Milwaukee was reeling after three consecutive losses to Baltimore, but on Sunday it had victory in its grasp

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"I think the whole thing is a dream," said Kuenn. "You play 161 games and it comes to a tie with Palmer and Sutton going. You couldn't ask for more than that." "I've pitched bigger ones before," said Sutton, "and I hope I'll pitch bigger ones down the road. Tomorrow's one of the situations you work for in life. That doesn't mean I'll do well—it just means I'll enjoy it."

"I'd enjoy it more if I felt better," said Palmer in his nearly deserted clubhouse. "My arm doesn't feel very well, and the team doesn't score behind me. I've never really won a big game before." When Weaver heard Palmer complaining, he yelled, "That makes two of us. We'll get by on guts alone tomorrow. All I want out of you is eight and two-thirds of good baseball, and I'll do the rest."

But Palmer couldn't go deeper than two batters into the sixth, when he left with the score 4-1, and Weaver ran out of strings to pull. In his swan song, he sent six pinch hitters up in the eighth and ninth. In his office afterward Weaver said, "I don't want anybody feeling sorry for me. God's been too good to me, Baltimore's been too good to me, my players have been too good to me."

The Brewers went about their bedlam quietly. Former player Sal Bando, Milwaukee's special assistant to the general manager who was put in uniform this week by Dalton to be a cheerleader, sat by himself, smiling and sipping champagne. "The only thing that was going to make us feel better was if something good happened in a game," he said, "and fortunately, we got that right away today."

"We approached this Series trying to win just one of four," said Thomas. "That hurt us in the first game, and by the time we got around to rethinking it in the second game, we were way south. We were scared the third game. Before yesterday's game nobody was playing cards or doing crosswords. But I came in today and we were playing cards, and somebody was cutting up somebody's pants. I knew we'd be all right."

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