?Summit of Stars
Pitchers Dave Stewart of the A's and Roger Clemens of the Red Sox have sparred verbally a number of times in the last few years, often over who was more deserving of the Cy Young Award. Last week the two were interviewed together before a game at Fenway Park by a Boston TV station. Afterward, they sat in the stands and talked for 20 minutes. "We talked about baseball, conditioning, community, family," said Stewart. "I had never really talked to him before. It was great. We're a lot alike. It was one of the more exciting moments I've had since I started playing."
?One Valle That's Low
There's a bar in Seattle called Swannies. Every Tuesday night, from 7:00 till midnight, some drinks sell for whatever Mariners catcher Dave Valle is hitting that day. The prices are right because, through Sunday, Valle was batting. 154 and threatening to become only the second player this century to hit less than .150 in 300 or more at bats. ( Brooklyn Dodger catcher Bill Bergen hit .139 in 1909.) "We're just doing it to kick him in the butt and make him do a better job," says Robert Howery, a bartender at Swannies. "It's in fun. Dave knows the owner. In the last week, his average has gone up a couple of points, hasn't it?"
The Red Sox were considering trading first baseman Carlos Quintana to the Mariners for reliever Mike Jackson but reconsidered last week after Quintana became the first American League player to drive in six runs in an inning since the Washington Senators' Jim Lemon did it in 1959. The key blow for Quintana was a grand slam off Oil Can Boyd, who spent eight stormy years in Boston before signing with Montreal in 1989 and then getting traded to Texas two weeks ago. After losing to his former teammates for the second time in a week, Boyd said, "For me to get traded and have to make my first two starts against the Boston Red Sox, God must hate me."
?But How Would He Do Against the Whammer?
Lefthanded pitcher Chris Pollack, a Double A All-Star for the Expos' farm team in Harrisburg, Pa., is the nephew of director Sydney Pollack and the son of Bernie Pollack, a well-known Hollywood costume designer. Over the years Chris has been on the set for the shooting of a number of movies, including The Natural. Robert Redford, a close friend of the family's for 15 years, gave Chris the Wonderboy bat from the movie. Says Pollack, "It's signed, 'To Chris, this bat is impervious to your pitching—Robert Redford/Roy Hobbs.' "
? Cooperstown Is Out, Mayberry Is In
In a pregame ceremony at the Astrodome on July 26, Houston pitcher Jim Deshaies was made an honorary citizen of Mayberry, Texas, by a local chapter of fans of the o\d Andy Griffith Show. Deshaies is from Massena, N.Y., the same hometown as Hal Smith, who played the town drunk, Otis Campbell, on the show. Deshaies, who has autographed pictures of Otis in his locker, said a Barney Fife look-alike was on hand for the ceremony, wearing his full deputy's uniform, and added, "I even got one of Aunt Bee's cookbooks. It was a special night."
?By the Numbers
?The Cardinals have eight players with 10 or more stolen bases, and two others with five or more. The last team that had nine players with 10 or more steals was the 1917 White Sox.