The Michigan Daily-Saturday, July 29, 1978-Page 15
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Red Sox Fever: Blazing bats, flame
throwers, and those crazy Boston fans
By LIZ MAC Then there is Fenway Park, the curse Hitting is the primary reason. Four slump. He has been booed by the home
Specialito The Daily of pitchers throughout the week due to members of the Red Sox lineup, some of fans and may be benched by manager
STER, N.Y. - "Well, I'm the Green Monster, 315 feet away in whom are rumored to be part android, Don Zimmer soon.
igan, and I'm really a Detroit left. are currently hitting above or near .300 THE TEAM'S bunting ability is
I explained to the saleslady The Red Sox, however, don't mind it. - Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, Carlton Fisk, suspect. Their only game strategy is
osing a souvenir Boston . They seem to have become accustomed Carl Yastrzemski. "swing away and see if you can rattle
to the eccentricities of the park, going ADD DWIGHT Evans, who with Rice the fences."
y, I received a confused 38-8 at home so far this season. and Lynn ranks in the home run Finally, who knows if "choke" is in
npathetic stare. THE FANS like the place, too. If you leaders, and the result is a batting the back of anyone's mind. It has hap-
STON area is in the grip of a call the Red Sox ticket office, you are machine that leads the league in bat- pened to Boston in recent memory; last
aown as Red Sox Fever. The told, "everything is just about sold out ting percentage and home runs. year they were leading their division in
club holds a high place of for the rest of the year." That is to say The solid starting rotation of Luis mid-August. They dropped all three
the minds of a lot of people that there are virtually no box seats or Tiant, Mike Torrez, Bill Lee and Dennis games in their series with Western
nd only to ...uh ...uh ... reserved available. Eckerskey is 40-14 collectively. But the Division leader Kansas City.
From all indications, the cause of team ERA is 3.64 (fifth in the league) But to the average Fever sufferer,
s are said to be staunchly Red Sox Fever is not likely to run itsr and they seem to lack a sharp, strong not only is choking unlikely, it seems
lynch-mobbed enthusiastic. course and die out. thrower. impossible. This is it, the whole ball o'
nown to dance in the streets The time that the hitting can't fill in, wax, right to the top, the year of the
r a home victory. however, with a slew of runs happens Red Sox.
ptoms of Red Sox fever? about as often as finding Boston free of Luckily, the sickness is not con-
9t5 miles ofutside of Boston- traffic - not too often. tagious. I suppose one must be born or
9es otMassachusetts - NOT ALL IS heavenly with the at least bred a Boston fan to be affected
ted the first of many Red Sox celestial Sox. A few weak spots remain by the excitement surrounding the
tickers. And although it may in the system. team. I paid for my lighter (I needed
t ye shall not judgeth people The bullpen has been less lethal than one for campfires), withstood the stare
on their bumper usual lately. with a grin, and wondered how my
rtin l ion thei r mpthi First baseman George Scott is in a team was doing.
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Record low scores
in Hartford tourney
By The Associated Press
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. - Phil
Hancock shot a 7-under-par 64 yester-
day to take the second-round lead in the
$210,000 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Har-
In addition to snapping the tour-
nament record held by Sam Snead and
Art Wall, Hancock's 128 total is the
lowest second-round score of the year
on the PGA tour.
"THE KEY to my success again
today was no bogeys," Hancock said. "I
haven't been playing it safe. I've been
going for the pin." The 24-year-old
University of Florida graduate had
never led a tournament through 36
In his second year on the tour, Han-
cock sank seven birdie putts and
missed one other in his round on the
6,534-yard, par-71 Wethersfield Country
Mark Hayes, with a string of birdies
on the back nine, took over second place
with a two-round total of 130. Hayes
birdied three of the last five holes in
shooting a 63.
HANCOCK HAD a three-stroke lead
over Joe Inman, who shot a 62 Friday
for a 131 total, and his first round co-
leader, Larry Nelson.
Inman, whose best finish this year
was third at the Byron Nelson Golf
Classic in May, shot the first 62 of his
career in Friday's round. "Today I just
made a lot of 10- to 12-foot putts. This is
a course where you are going to have a
lot of 10- to 12-footers."
He normally plays ball parks instead of
concert halls, and throws strikes in-
stead of crescendos, but Cleveland In-
dian's hurler Rick Waits decided to try
his hand (or voice) at singing as he ap-
peared on NBC's "Today" program
earlier this week. Just nine hours
earlier, he had suffered a 3-1 loss pit-
ching against the New York Yankees.
Sportfolio Hard work, hard play
High and mighty flame Excedrin Headache No. 29
We've all heard of grueling
football practices, where. every
ounce of flesh and muscle is
strained to its maximum, and of
Imagine the scene. A cool, those basketball agility drills
crisp evening on the Diag, with ' xwhere the players run down the
thousands of excited people court and back ina seemingly
scurrying for a birds-eye view of endless frenzy, but what goes on
the Olympic torch lighting. There during a typical soccer practice?
was a monumental-torch lighting Mike Flanagan (above) of the
this week, but it took place more New England Tea Men, co-leader
than 1,500 miles away. Colorado in North American Soccer
Springs, Colorado was the sight League scoring, is going through
S for the National Sports Festival, perhaps the most painful part of
and this lucky pair was chosen soccer practice, the heading drill.
from among thousands to hold Football and basketball players
the torch during the opening get their share of aches and
y ,ceremonies Wednesday night. pains, but soccer players are
more likely to reach for headache