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BETWEEN THE LINES
Tim Kurkjian
May 03, 1993
The Big Chill. On April 21 in Pittsburgh the temperature at game time was 39�. By the 12th inning the windchill made it feel like the 20's. "That's the coldest I've ever been," says Pirate centerfielder Andy Van Slyke. "That was 4� hours in the morgue. If you had flicked me with your finger, I would have shattered. When I got in the whirlpool after the game, the water was 104 degrees. When I got out five minutes later, it was 99 degrees. What's all this about global warming?"
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May 03, 1993

Between The Lines

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The Big Chill. On April 21 in Pittsburgh the temperature at game time was 39�. By the 12th inning the windchill made it feel like the 20's. "That's the coldest I've ever been," says Pirate centerfielder Andy Van Slyke. "That was 4� hours in the morgue. If you had flicked me with your finger, I would have shattered. When I got in the whirlpool after the game, the water was 104 degrees. When I got out five minutes later, it was 99 degrees. What's all this about global warming?"

Hooray for Opie. Cincinnati outfielder Gary Varsho is a die-hard viewer of The Andy Griffith Show. "I have more than 150 episodes on tape," he says. "Unedited. No commercials, just endless hours of Barney Fife. My whole life revolves around that show. I'm a member of the Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club. I've got the T-shirt to prove it."

Throwaway Line. Pirate infielder Tom Foley, who throws a baseball righthanded, was a quarterback in high school but threw a football lefthanded. Pittsburgh pitcher Steve Cooke, who throws a baseball lefthanded, was a quarterback in high school but threw a football righthanded. Cooke says he has no idea why this is so. Says Foley, "We're amphibious."

Error on the Air. In the third inning of the Astro-Cub game on April 21, Steve Finley hit a routine pop-up to Chicago shortstop Rey Sanchez. While the ball was in the air, Cub announcer Harry Caray said, "He's never dropped one of those in his life." Sanchez dropped it. "I don't know who was embarrassed more," says Caray, " Sanchez or me. Probably me."

By the Numbers. When he was with the Yankees last year, third baseman Charlie Hayes struck out 100 times, including 15 times in an eight-game stretch in July. With the Rockies this year, he had not struck out in 61 at bats through Sunday.... Lifetime against lefthanders, Oriole catcher Chris Hoiles has 12 homers—and 16 RBIs.

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