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Page 8-The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, March 29, 1988

UMPIRE RETURNS TO MINORS FOR 12TH YEAR

Big leagues say no to Postema

NEW YORK (AP) - Pam Postema's bid to
become major league baseball's first female
umpire was unofficially put off for at least an-
other year Monday, as the National League
named two men to fill its vacancies.
"At this point, I would say the chances of her
working in the big leagues this year would be
slim," said Randy Mobley, administrator of the
American Association, where the 33-year-old
Postema will serve as a crew chief this year.
Katy Feeney, spokesperson for the National
League, said Postema would be invited back for
major league spring training next year.
THE TWO UMPIRES named by league
president Bart Giamatti to the NL staff are Gary
Darling, 30, a Pacific Coast League umpire since
1983, and Mark Hirschbeck, 27, who has worked
in the American Association since 1985.
Darling and Hirschbeck, both of whom um-
pired part time in the National League last year,
were among seven umpires given tryouts during
spring training for two openings, replacing Dick
Stello and Billy Williams.
Stello died in the off-season, while Williams
retired after the 1987 season.
POSTEMA, an 11-year minor league vet-

eran, worked spring training games this year on
an American Association contract. Darling,
Hirschbeck, and three of the other candidates for
the openings worked spring training games under
contract to the National League.
Mobley said that fact alone would make it
difficult for Postema to go back to the majors
this year in the event of injury of illness to a
regular umpire. She will be starting her sixth
season the Triple A, her second in the American
Association after four years in the Pacific Coast
League.
"They're likely to promote someone who is
under contract to the major leagues," Mobley
said. "It's an outside possibility that she could go
back, but it's highly unlikely."
POSTEMA has not commented publicly on
her status this year, but she has conceded in the
past that the odds are against her.
"Once you get to Triple A, you've got to be
kind of lucky and in the right place at the right
time," she said last season. "There's not that
many openings and they're very selective. We're
all taking a chance down here."
Postema has received generally good reviews
of her work from National League players and

managers. "She did good," Cincinnati Manager
Pete Rose said after she worked a Reds game.
The one exception was Houston pitcher Bob
Knepper, who said he was opposed on religious
grounds to any woman being an umpire or hold-
ing any job that requires leadership. Knepper
conceded, however, that Postema had done a good
job when she worked behind the plate in one of
his games.
White Sox 10, Tigers 7
SARASOTA, Fla (AP) - Mark Salas' grand
slam capped a five-run sixth inning to lift the
Chicago White Sox to a 10-7 exhibition victory
yesterday over the Detroit Tigers.
Salas, a reserve catcher acquired in November
from the New York Yankees, hit his third homer
of the spring. It came off Dave Beard, who
replaced Jack Morris in the fifth after the Detroit
starter was ejected by home-plate umpire Dan
Morrison for arguing balls and strikes.
Morris, 18-11 last season, gave up five runs
and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings, raising his spring
ERA to 6.04.

Adam's Rib
BY ADAM SCHRAGER

The WWF...
... it's a mad, mad world

Daly Photo by ELLEN LEVY
Fans in love with Rumeal Robinson (above) and his teammates had their
hearts broken in Seattle.

The Schef's Specialty
{ 5g(BY ADAM SCHEFTER
The end of a relationship

SEATTLE - When we first
met in the fall of 1985, you aroused
an interest in me. I never imagined
that one day I would feel for some-
one the way I felt for you.
As time went on, I couldn't help
myself. This past October, I fell in
love with you. You were always
the center of attention, and being
around you made me feel important.
' People that you had previously
been involved with warned that you
would hurt me - that our re-
lationship could only end badly.
I didn't listen. I didn't believe
them. How could I? You captured
my heart in a way no one ever had.
The more I saw you, the more I
loved you. I told everyone about
you - how special you were, how
magnificent you could look. Now I
realize how fast things went.
I spent my days thinking about
you. While sitting in class, I had a
hard time keeping my mind on
anything else. I scribbled your
name all over my notebook.
Knowing that I would be seeing
you those evenings made the days
go so slow. And most of those
nights lived up to my expectations.
We spent Valentine's Day to-
gether, and I can't remember when
I've ever had so much fun. I must
admit that I'll never forget when we
danced the night away in front of
that rotund man wearing that dis-
tinctive red sweater.

The weekend trips we made were
even more spectacular. I felt s o
comfortable with you on the road.
With each trip we took, I learned
more and more about you, and even
though things did not always work
out, my feelings only intensified.
That is what confused me. Why
would you embarrass me as often as
you did when you knew how I felt?
My friends and family back home
saw what you were really like after
I had spoken so highly of you -
you made me look foolish.
"Don't become so involved,"
they told me. But once again, I dis-
regarded their advice. I thought we
had something special.
I realized that you were upset
with me some of the time about
certain things that I wrote to you.
But I was only doing it for your
own good. I think you knew that.
You always spoke to me a few days
later and never held a grudge.
Our trip this weekend was the
final straw. I should have known
better. I should have prepared my-
self for it.
I'm sorry, but I can't see you for
awhile. You let me down.
I had such dreams, but they were
shattered. Maybe one day we will
have that something special. But
not now. I'll miss you Michigan
basketball team.
Best always,
Adam.

Step aside Highland Appliance
and your Midnight Madness claims,
Macho Madness is the new craze.
With the victory by Randy
"Macho Man" Savage at Wrestlema-
nia IV Sunday at Trump Plaza Hotel
and Casino in Atlantic City, Savage
replaced the departing Hulk Hogan
and Hulkamania as the No. 1
wrestling good guy in the World
Wrestling Federation.
With former WWF champion
Hogan taking a six-month sabbatical
from the professional wrestling cir-
cuit, the Madness will replace the
Mania as the main draw in promoter
Vince McMahon's wrestling corpo-
ration.
Financially speaking, the ques-
tion remains whether Savage can re-
place the Hulkster as the largest draw
in professional rasslin'. Hogan has
been selling out arenas around the
world ever since he became cham-
pion four years ago.
THE W W F has followed the
Hulkster through feuds with
wrestlers such as the Iron Sheik,
King Kong Bundy, "Mr. Wonderful"
Paul Orndorff, "Rowdy" Roddy

Piper, and most recently, Andre the
Giant.
This most recent feud was the
crux of Wrestlemania III, where
these two former friends ignited
93,000 fans at the Pontiac Silver-
dome, the largest crowd to ever
watch an indoor sporting event, and
reached millions more on closed cir-
cuit television.
The media focus on the WWF
came to a peak Feb. 5 in front of a
capacity crowd in Indianapolis, when
professional wrestling made prime-
time television for the first time in
over 30 years. NBC televised the
three championship matches that
drew an enormous viewership.
WHEN H OG AN lost the title
that night to the mean and nasty Gi-
ant, a new title reign that lasted all
of thirty seconds began. Andre pro-
ceeded to hand the title to Ted DiBi-
ase, "the Million Dollar Man," for
an inordinate amount of money.
According to the WWF rulebook,
a wrestler cannot give the title to
anyone, and thus, in his infinite
wisdom, WWF President Jack Tun-
ney, declared that a tournament

would be held at Wrestlemania IV to
determine who would be the next
world champion.
Both DiBiase and Savage perse-
vered to get to the final match of the
evening to see who would get to
wear the gold. The match had
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'
Robin Leach as the guest ring an-
nouncer, guest timekeeper Vanna
White, and "Mr. Baseball" Bob
Uecker there to promote the high-
light of this sporting extravaganza.
DiBiase came down the aisle with
Andre, much to the dismay of the
19,011 fans in Atlantic City. While
DiBiase had the 520-pound Giant in
his corner, his bodyguard and confi-
dante, Virgil, was noticeably absent.
DiBiase had abandoned Virgil to be
purged by Hogan in the earlier
Hogan-Andre matchup.
SAVAGE ENTERED the ring
in his fourth different ring attire on
the evening with his manager, Eliz-
abeth, at his side. After Andre had
interfered a couple of times early in
the match, Savage instructed Eliza-
beth find Hogan.
The Hulkster, a true tower of

power, came storming in and sat
down ringside to make sure that An-
dre would not interfere. After Andre's
interference once again, Hulk entered
with a steel chair and belted DiBiase
in the back. Savage then went to the
top rope and utilized his favorite
finishing maneuver, the flying -el-
bow, to record the pin.
Now, with Hogan gone, the sce-
nario for the WWF looks as follows:
D IBI A S E will spew at the
mouth and demand a rematch with
Savage, and that spectacle will take
place at the, next Saturday Night
Main Event in mid-April. The match
will culminate with Virgil coming
in to save Savage from a vicious
beating being administered by DiBi-
ase and Andre.
Nonetheless, with Hogan gone,
the Madness has replaced the Mania
in the heart and pocket of the WWF
officials and, as Savage himself put
it after the championship match, the
situation was...
"Unbelievable. I've been an ath-
lete since I was a Macho baby. No-
body wins all the time. But I feel
good right now."

Gymnasts finish last at Big Ten championships

By STEVEN GINNS
An up-and-down gymnastics
season ended on the down side for
Michigan's men and women teams.
The women, who were up for most
of the season, and the men, who
were down the entire season, both
finished in last place at the Big Ten
championships.
"Overall, this season we started
out great and progressed, " said
women's head coach Dana
Kempthorn. "Our team goal of a
score of 180 was achieved.
"However, we just did not peak at
the right time. Our performance at
Big Ten does not take away from the
season."

Minnesota, a team that scored
over 180 only twice during the
regular season, peaked at the right
time and came in first with a 186.
The Wolverines only managed to
post a 178.8. With that score the
team is out of contention for
regional qualifying.
Angela Williams was the highest
finisher for the Wolverines.
Williams, who tied for second in the
vault (9.55) and tied for fourth in the
floor exercises (9.45), earned all-Big
Ten honors.
Janne Klepek and Christine
Furlong each finished in the top 20
in most events. Klepek's highest
placement was in the vault, where

she took sixth. Furlong finished
13th in the all-around.
The men finished with a score of
265.3. They finished in last in every
event except the parallel bars, where
they came in fifth.
Brock Orwig was the highest
finisher for the Wolverines. Orwig
finished 15th in the all-around.
Steve Yuan was the o n l y
Wolverine who qualified for the
individual finals. Yuan scored a 9.6
in the pommel horse in the
preliminary competition but scored a
7.35 in the finals of the pommel
horse.
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