Hours before the Royals' Bo Jackson hit three homers in three at bats-including a mighty 464-foot shot to right centerfield—against the Yankees on July 17, he taped a segment for Sesame Street that will air on PBS in November. In the segment, a spoof of the "Bo Knows" Nike commercials, Jackson and the Sesame Street characters demonstrate that Bo knows letters, Bo knows counting and, appropriately enough, Bo knows near and far. But in the final scene, Jackson is stumped by the appearance of some woolly sheep. "Bo, you don't know Peep," says the flock's shepherd, Little Bo Peep. Bo apparently doesn't know singles, either. He had only three in July, but had 23 RBIs for the month, before a shoulder injury in that July 17 game put him on the 15-day disabled list.
A MODEST PROPOSAL
After another big brawl, this time between the Reds and Phillies last Friday, Cincinnati pitcher Rob Dibble, who once considered playing pro hockey, said he knows a way to stop bench-clearing fights in baseball. "It should be like hockey," he said. "Third man in gets fined and misses playing time. They should just let the pitcher and hitter duke it out."
A PITCH FOR THE HALL OF FAME
On July 20, the Expos' Dave Martinez and Junior Noboa became the seventh and eighth non-pitchers to pitch this season. Martinez, an outfielder, started the eighth inning against Houston, which was leading Montreal 10-0. He loaded the bases with one out before being relieved by Noboa, who had been playing third base. Noboa walked home a run and then got pitcher Jim Clancy to ground into a double play started by Montreal centerfielder Otis Nixon, who had moved to the infield to play shortstop. "In the fifth inning I told [Expo manager] Buck Rodgers, 'I have a tremendous changeup,' " said Noboa. "I was just kidding. When he told me I was pitching, I thought, Oh, no, he took me seriously. I'm not that good. I'd like to face me; I'd go 5 for 5. But I got a double-play ball. I might go in the Dominican Hall of Fame."
A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE
The Gate City Pioneers, an independent Pioneer (Rookie) League team in Pocatello, Idaho, have a roster that includes nine players from the U.S., two each from Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, one each from Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada and five from Japan. "It's quite a collection," says manager Ed Creech, a Georgian who speaks with a thick drawl. "When I talk to the team, there are a lot of blank stares—about eight of them. My big worry is that these guys are learning English from me. They'll think everyone here talks like this."
BAD NEWS COMES IN THREES
Keep in mind that the Dodgers haven't executed a triple play since April 16, 1949: Gene Hermanski to Jackie Robinson to Gil Hodges. On July 17, the Red Sox grounded into two triple plays in one game against the Twins, a major league record. Rightfielder Tom Brunansky grounded into one in the fourth inning, and second baseman Jody Reed grounded into another in the eighth. Boston still won 1-0. Against Minnesota the next night, the Red Sox grounded into six double plays yet won again, 5-4. Reed hit into the first of the six DPs, in the first inning. "I got to the bench," says Reed, "and one of our guys said, 'Hey, did you know your last two swings turned into five outs?' "
BY THE NUMBERS
?Mariner shortstop Brian Giles drove in seven runs in one game on May 17, but through Sunday, Seattle shortstops had seven RBIs all told in the 60 games since then.