But she is enamored of Piniella, who, like Quinn, says she has not interfered. "Maybe Lou can handle her," says Helms. "I know Bob Quinn can't handle her. If something goes wrong, she'll blame Quinn, or Lou. Lou is a good man; I wish him well. I hope she keeps quiet, stays out of the picture and leaves it to the baseball men."
So far she has. "Marge has educated herself," says a former Cincinnati scout who cites her January signing of Davis to a three-year, $9.3 million contract. "That signing floored me. I think she's seen the light. I think things are changing."
Winning has a funny way of changing things. And if the Reds winning streak had continued, things might have gotten even funnier: The players had made a pact among themselves to shave their heads if they won 15 games in a row. After the Braves beat them 3-1 on Sunday, Benzinger said, "The only good thing about losing today is that we don't have to shave our heads." But a disappointed Charlton said, "I'd rather shave my head than lose."
Dibble insisted that the 15-game pact is still intact for any streak this season. Suggested Charlton, "How about 15 in a row in October?"