NL EAST PREVIEW
Phils chances are Rose-y
By JON WELLS
Would you pay 3.2 million dollars for
a ticket to the World Series? The
Philadelphia Phillies may have done
just that when they dipped deep into the
till this winter to aquire the fiery free-
agent, Pete Rose.
The frustrated Phillies, winners. of
three straight National League East
Division titles yet losers each year in
the playoffs, are the favorites this year
to end the five year drought of East
bases and give Montreal the best young
outfield to appear in the majors in
IN ADDITION to being just plain
strong, the Expos pitching corps, an-
chored by Ross Grimsely, Rudy May,
Bill Lee and Steve Rogers, has a dif-
ferent look than any other in the league.
Sporting three lefthanded starters, two
of which are accomplished junk-
ballers, the Expos will confuse many a
In the infield, look for good years
question marks on the mound and in the
The pitching staff is a bundle of "ifs."
If the Bucs are going to be contenders
John Candelaria must come back from
an injury-filled year, Don Robinson
must verify his strong rookie season
and Kent Tekulve must again handle a
heavy bullpen load.
Last year the Pirate infield was one
large sieve. The bumbling Bucs led the
league in errors with Frank Taveras
and his 38 miscues providing the major
gap. If pitching and defense are truely
the keys to winning baseball then slate
the Pirates for third.
THE CHICAGO CUBS should be
respectable again this year, but they
are badly in need of pitchers and power
hitters. It takes no great student of the
game to realize that big bats in a puny
park are desirable. Although it's true
the Cubs tied for the league lead in,
team batting last year the fact remains
that in their entire line-up only Dave
Kingman is a legitimate threat to pop
one out of miniature Wrigley field..
The Cubs improved themselves up
the middle this winter with the
aquisition of catcher Barry Foote and
centerfielder Jerry Martin, both from
the Phillies. The hurling corps is lean,
however, and barring a miracle from
old alumnus Ken Holtzman the Cubbies
will have to settle for fourth.
The St. Louis Cardinals and the New
York Mets will bang heads for the bot-
tom rung once again. Both teams boast
respectable pitching staffs. However,
the Mets carry a very small team stick
and it seems something died in the
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Overall, the Phillies helped them-
selves more in the off-season than any
other team in the division. The addition
of slick-fielding second baseman Man-
ny Trillo from the Cubs to complement
Rose, Larry Bowa and Mike Schmidt
just may give the Phils the toughest in-
field in the Major Leagues.
THE PHILLIES mound picture,
dimmed by spring injuries to Larry
Christenson and Dick Ruthven, looks
brighter due to the arrival of righthan-
der Nino Espinosa from the Mets.
The rest of the staff is solid, with stop-
pers Steve Carlton and Randy Lerch as
starters and Ron Reed, Tug McGraw
and Rawley Eastwick coming out of the
Couple all this with Greg Luzinski's
lethal swat, the speed and clutch hitting
of Gary Maddox and Bake McBride,
and you've created a formidable pic-
ture indeed. Yet with all this talent
there may still be a psychological
element missing from the Phils. No
matter what you think of Pete Rose, he
is undeniably a winner. If he can inject
this element into his new team, look for
the Phillies in the World Series.
The Montreal Expos are a strong,
young team travelling on a path that
will soon lead them to the top of their
division. The Expos, under the able
leadership of manager Dick Williams,
posess a fine blend of youth and ex-
The three wonder boys, Warren
Cromartie, Andre Dawson and Ellis
Valentine combined last year to clout 60
homeruns, drive in 208 runs and steal 38
from youngsters Gary Carter and
Larry Parrish and steady play from
veterans Tony Perez, Dave Cash and
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a threat,
as they proved in their late season
surge last year, yet there are big
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® o pleasures of mountaineering
of timngas well as tech-- run the risk of being labeled
pique. The wrong .social climbers. But such
moment, like the - cheap shots are to be ignored.
wrong method, .They are the work of cynics,
markis tht~e gap nay-sayers and chronic
amateur anld-Similarly, the ambience
aficionado. So the of an athletic afternoon (e.g.
key to successful mountaineer- *- - The Big Game) is another
ideal moment. Downing
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wisely and well. When, then, is -the morano thefatas
it aproriat toslow Lef' <: -the morale of the fan and,
it appropriate to slowly quaffhecteea.Tr-
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the smooth, refreshingfc
mountains of Busch Beer? fore, if you care at all about
Celebrations, of course,.-. the outcome, it is your duty to
are both expected and ex- Whe;nson.
cellent opportunities to when should one not
test your mountaineering . enjoy the invigoration of the
mettle. Indeed, on major X mountains? Here, you'll be
holidays it is i y happy to learn, the list is
mandatory -much briefer.
to do so."- Mountaineering is
*I ,i : smalli es s ,considered
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papers completed or classes.
attended are equally.
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pect at best. ;adngyu opr
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ing for the mountains
other hand, not
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every event need' hum and hum-drum
cant as tsegni- in favor of a romantic
cant as those .R & R. Naturally,
utnea".couples who share the
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ings and just
plain foolish while
crop dusting around
power lines. Otherwise,
as the hot-heads of the
sixties used tosay, "Seize
the time! "
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by the label outside and perpetuates due to the cold, naturally refreshing taste inside. (cf. lessons 1, 2 and 3.)