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Tnursday, April r, irI i
By Scott L ews. By GEOFF LARCOM
All right class, who here cani
slg vs ,,catch the Reds this summer?
The room was deadly silent, no
i* 'one made a movement, save
.t s baseball season Dodger Manager Tommy or-
da, who tentatively raised his
"HANG ON to your Strohs fans. It's the bottom of the ninth hand. The rest of the class
and the Tigers need some instant runs v.,, stared gloomily at the floor,
"Ground ball, second base. Garcia up with it, and-o-h-h-h-h, The Padres, Giants, Astros,
he throws it into the Yankee dugout. Rivers takes second on the and Braves know what they are
error . ." in for-a long summer of ,chas-
"Fidrych winds up. And deals-Line shot, spe-e-e-e-eared by ing baseball's newest dynasty,
Rodriguez for the out . . ." the Cincinnati Reds.
Position for position the Reds
Yes fans, it's baseball time again. Just as the memories lineup reads like an all-star
of the World Series have faded away, opening day is union us. team, both offensively and de-
Once again, fans throughout the country will forget the Tony Perez is gone from
frustrations that accompanied the previous season, and light first base, his annual 100
up with 'unchallengeable optimism. RBI's and solid fielding hav-
But, as is the case every year, come June and J4ly seventy- ing been dispensed to Mon-
five percent of them will scorn their team's inability to comeItreal for pitchers Woodie Fry-
through for them.
There are so many characteristics of the game which should t{
turn off just about any sports fan, that it makes you question the ff {
reason for its popularity.:





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man and Dale Murray. Dan from 1949-53.
Driessen should make the Led by Dick Vitale reincar-
most of his absence, at least nate Tommy Lasorda, the Los
offensively. Angeles Dodgers think they
With baseball's best player, can stop the Big Red Machine.
Joe Morgan, at second base, On the field the Dodgers
Dave Concepcion handling are solid. Their infield in-
shortstop expertly, and veter- cludes Steve Yeager behind
an all-stars Pete Rose at third the plate, Steve Garvey at
and Johnny Bench catching, the first, Dave Lopes at second,
Reds still have baseball's best i Bill Russell at short, 4nd Ron
infield, by far. Cey at third.
The Reds outfield of George
Foster in left, Cesar Geronimo :}:::<::; ::;. w:a:; ::5:
in center, and Ken Griffey in Larcom's lies: 1. 0
right is also a dream, both at
bat and in the field. geles, 3. San Diego,
Foster led the majors in H s , Al
RBIs last season and hit .306. Houston, . t
Griffey hit .336, just losing ;":::.:,> i;;e :::h,",.,:;..::".
out to Bill Madlock for the
batting title, and stole 34 The L. A. outfield is com-
bases. Geronimo has the prised of Dusty Baker, Rick
league's strongest arm and Monday, and Reggie Smith
hit .307 last year, joining four from left to right.
other Red regulars above Don Sutton, Doug Rau and
.300. Tommy John anchor a fine
You wonder if Cincy even starting staff with knuckleballer
needs pitching. Charlie Hough, Elisa Saso and
However, despite the loss of Mike Garman providing a good
Don Gullet in the free agent relief corps.
draft, the Reds' pitching is ade- Anywhere else, a champion;
quate. Youngsters like co- here, a respectable second.
rookie of the year Pat Zach- Nobody's crying over the free
ary and Santo Alcala, com- agent draft in San Diego, where
bined with oldtimers Fryman, it deposited ex-Finleyites Gene
Jack Billingham, Gary Nolan Tenace and Rollie Fingers. Add
and Fred Norman form a de- former Minnesota Gopher Dave
cent array of starters, while the Winfield, celebrated flake
bullpen of Rawly Eastwick, Doug Rader and Randy Jones
Pedro Borbon, and now Mur- and you have a sound nucleus.
ray, may be the major's best. Despite questionable pitching
Lethargy seems out of the after Cy Young winner Jones,
question as Sparky Anderson the Padres are the division's
looks to eventually match the most improved team.
New York Yankees feat of five Playing in San Francisco's
straight world championships windblown Candlestick Park

has never been much fun and
with John Montefusco, Lynn
McGlothen, Randy Moffit and
r Co. on the mound, enemy hit-
ters should stay in bed.
Pitchers; however, will glee-
fully improve their ERAs
against a Murcerless lineup
which boasts batting champion
Madlock and little else.
If Houston's Astros and the
I Giants could secretly consoli-
incinnati, 2. Los An-
4. San Francisco, 5.


The games which spur the greatest amount of
opening day and the World Series, take place when
usually must view the game in freezing weather.

the fans

And baseball's supposed to be a summer sport.
The actual amount of action that occurs in an average two-
and-a-haf hour game is minimal-no more than twenty-five
minutes in an action-filled game. Compare this with basketball or
hockey, where action dominates. most of the playing time.
Who could get so excited about such a seemingly boring
Also, consider how the pitcher. who's supposed to be an
athlete is sheltered from some of the "rougher" aspects of the
game such as fielding pop-ups, and baserunning without a warm$
jacket. Just imagine Bo Schembechler not allowing Rick Leach to
run the ball. only pass it.
Yet, in spite of all these deficiencies, baseball remains
the number one sport in the country.
More people see a baseball game every season, than
see any other sport. Winning teams, and even individual
players can bring a whole city together, and unite it behind
a common cause. The World Series, not the Super Bowl,
attracts more TV viewers than any other sporting event in
the country.
Why is baseball the greatest game ever?
After the baseball season ends, the pact of the major sports
gradually increases. Football gives the fan a hard-hitting game,
but the play is still disjointed, like baseball. Then basketball and
hockey arrive on the scene to assault the fan with enough action
to make him lose his breath.l
But along comes baseball-the slow, relaxing game. After the
hurry-up pace of winter, the fan is more than ready to sit back
for two to three hours and take in a ballgame.
Since there are so many games in, a season, anybody can1
attend one for an extremely reasonable price. Bleacher seats
run in the area of $1.50 a seat, while the cheapest tickets for
the other sports cost much more.
Finally, many Americans can easily identify with most oft
the players. Except for a few superstars, most earn modest sal-1
aries. A player must Nyork his way up from the minor leagues,t
and most don't ever make it to the big leagues.
But it's much more difficult to have feeling for a basketball{
player who's made an instant millionaire right out of college.
So when your team is 13% games behind by July, don't fret.
Just chomp on your hot dog, drink your Strohs, and try not to
cry when Roberts walks in a run with the bases loaded.
This is your national pastime, right?F

Pete Rose

women bland Albion

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date over the summer they'd
be in great shape.
The strangely clad Astros
have plenty of firepower with
Bob Watson .313, Cesar Cedeno
.297, and catcher Joe Ferguson
all strong with the stick.
Houston's kid pitching staff
will be a cause of managerial
gray hairs along with a- con-
siderable lack of depth and
left-handed hitting.
Spending time looking up
from the cellar will be the At-
lanta Braves.
Chief Nokahoma will have
little to dance about this year
as the Braves try to make due
with only two bona-fide start-
ers: Andy Messersmith and
Phil Niekro.
Suspended owner Ted Turn-
er's antics led to the signing of
Gary Mathews and Willie Mon-
tanez, who will provide the
fireworks along with Jeff Bur-
roughs from the Texas Rangers.
Atlanta Stadium, home of the
cheap home run will resemble
a popcorn popper unless the
Braves get some pitching.
While today is the Opening
Day for a team down the
road, weather has prevented
the Michigan baseball team
from taking the field.
Coach Moby Benedict's
squad has been forced to
practice indoors, as the To-
ledo (away) and Wayne State
(home) games were can-
celled by the cold.
The game with Wayne State
has been rescheduled for
Wednesday, April 13th.
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San Diego third baseman Doug Rader constructs a companion.
before yesterday's Opening Day game against the Cincinnati
Reds . Three inches of snow fell in the morning;making
Rader's companion more suited to the playing than the, Padres.
The game itself was typical of last year's Reds as they won
' 5-3. Former Tiger Woody Fryman started. for 'the World
Champions and got the win. Caesar Geronimo slugged a two-
run homer in the fourth for the winning margin.
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Imagine Bo Schembechler's
Big Blue Machine playing aI
football against Slippery Rock.
Well, that's the picture one got
from watching the Michigan wo-
men's tennis team trounce Al-
bion College 9-0 for their third
win in three matches this sea-I
"This kind of match is good
for building confidence. It gives
me a chance to play all the girls
on the team," said Michigan
coach John Atwood.
that's good for those involved,
but how do the losers feel? Af-
ter all, Albion's a small private
school where no athletes, men
or women, receive scholarships
"They (the players) all know
how good Michigan is, yet it
gives the girls more playing ex-
perience. It's always good to
play someone better than your-

self every now and then," re-
marked Albion's coach Charlotte
"Unlike Michigan, we have
no indoor tennis courts. Since
the weather's been bad this
spring, we just don't practice.
We do have indoor courts on
the drawing board, but even if
and when we get them, we'll
still be the same," commented
Duff, herself a graduate of
WHEN I graduated, I came to'
Albion to get a coaching job.
It used to )e that only small
s c h o o l s had any women'sf
sports," said the alumna. "I
never thought I'd stay because
I've never been use to a small
school or a small town. But the
kids are really nice. I really
enjoy it."

Now that Michigan's program
for women's tennis is securely
on its feet, will it play teams:
like Albion in the coming year?
"I wouldn't expect to," said;
victorious Atwood.
"THESE KINDS of matches
don't shake the team up. It's
difficult to get psyched up when
you know you'll win," continued
the curly haired coach. "It
would be nice if we had a tough-
er schedule. like we will next
year- when we play some teams
on the East Coast."
Atwood and his team will have
plenty of chance to get psyched
up and emotional over tennis
this coming weekend. The team
travels to Lafayette for the Pur-
due Invitational against Purdue,
Michigan State, and especially
Ohio State, the Big Ten champs
last year.

Frosh pace netters past ND

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dropped the match,

T he rFour Freshmen teamed;
up with veteran Jeff Etterbeek I'gassers up
to lead the Michigan men's ten- .e
nis team (2-0) past Notre Dame On his birthday, Michigan la-'
by a 7-2 score yesterday in crosse coach Bob DiGiovanni

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Etterbeek, Big Ten champ at
second singles last year, blew
by the Fighting Irish's Randy
Stehlik in the first singles match,
6-2, 6-3.
The four frosh-Jud Shaufler,
Mark Freedman, Jack Neinken,
and Scott Seeman - a I s o won
their singles matches. Shaufler,
at second, went 6-3, 6-1. Freed-
man, Neinken and Seeman, at
fourth, fifth, and sixth, respec-
tively, went 6-1, 6-0; 6-4, 6-4;
and 6-4; 6-3.
The only singles loss came
at third, where Brad Holland
dropped a heartbrealker, 6-4,
0-6, 6-4. Holland had charged
back in the second set and
had Irishman Marty Horan at
break at one point in the final
set, but lost the advantage and

brought home a present he dear-
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State lacrosse game.
Yesterday, on a cold and
windy afternoon, the Michigan
lacrosse club t r o u n c h e d the
Michigan State varsity team, 20-
2 at Spartan Stadium.
"Overall, that was the best
lacrosse Michigan has ever
played," said DiGiovanni.
Michigan was led by Chris
Cincinnati 5, San Diego 3
San Antonio 131, Philadelphia 109
washington 97, Chicago 96
Buffalo 107, New Orleans 102

Phillips, with eight goals and
one assist, and Steve Bissell,
with one goal and five assists.
Seven other players contributed
to the scoring.
"The team played well de-
fensively and offensively," com-
mented DiGiovanni. "The of-
fense can. be productive only if
the defense does its job," he
Goalies Mike Bucci and
Scott Siegmund came up num-
ber of superb saves against
the Michigan State attack,
keeping the game out of reach.
The Wolverines scored nine
goals in the third period, five
of which were by Phillips.
Michigan State, which last
week lost to Mid-West power-
house Denison 17-2, has an 0-3
record. Michigan is now 6-2.
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