THE FROSTY CITY
On Opening Day at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs faced the Phillies, the temperature dropped to 36� and the windchill factor made it seem like 8�. When asked if his team expected to use any surprise pitchers, Philadelphia second baseman Tommy Herr said, "How about the Jamaican bobsled team?"
Mets second baseman Gregg Jefferies made three errors in his first three games. He blamed the Rolling Stones, who performed a series of concerts in the off-season at Shea Stadium, for packing down the infield and making fielding tricky. Referring to one spot where he flubbed a grounder, Jefferies said, "I think Mick Jagger must have done one of his jumps there."
INJURY OF THE WEEK
On April 11 Steve Stanicek, a first baseman for the Phillies' Triple A team in Scranton, Pa., cut his right index finger on a chandelier while taking off his shirt in his hotel room.
FOOD OF THE WEEK
Tired of hot dogs? The concessionaires for the Double A Orlando SunRays have the answer-barbecued alligator ribs.
MORE FOOD NOTES
Cardinals pitcher Joe Magrane went to Japan in the off-season, but he didn't eat much. "The Japanese idea of cuisine is pulling a fish out of an aquarium and putting it on your plate," says Magrane. "I don't like seafood that much."
On April 9 a woman in her early 50's was overheard at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport telling a friend over the phone, "Before you do anything, find out what Mike Greenwell hit with runners in scoring position."
ONE FOR THE AGES
On Opening Night in Houston, members of the '65 Astros and '65 Yankees, the two teams that opened the stadium, played an old-timers' game to celebrate the 25th birthday of the Astrodome. Of the 32 players on the old-timer rosters, 14 had been fanned by Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
Montreal p.r. director Richard Griffin has discovered that Pearl Harbor Day—Dec. 7—is also a key date in Expo history. On that day in 1978, the team acquired Bill Lee, and the next year it won 95 games. On the same day in '79, it obtained Ron LeFlore, and he went on to win the National League stolen base title. And on Dec. 7, 1989, Montreal got Oil Can Boyd. Says Griffin, "Anytime you can get Pearl Harbor and Oil Can Boyd into the same item, you're doing something."
BY THE NUMBERS
?Last Saturday, Angel pitcher Bert Blyleven gave up his 400th career home run. He is seventh on the alltime list, which is led by Robin Roberts (505), and has allowed more homers than the active home run leader, Dwight Evans, has hit (367).