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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, August 14, 1980-Page 11
NL snubs
. ~DHIrule
DEARBORN (AP)-A move to incor-
porate the designated hitter rule into
the National League was defeated
yesterday at baseball's summer
Only four of the 12 National League
teams voted in favor of the rule, which
is used by the American League. Five
clubs voted against it and three ab-
Snce 1973, the American League has
allowed lineups to include a batter
AP Photo designated to hit for the pitcher.
The sde rules However, National League President
Chub Feeney said the DH would be con-
Houston rightfielder Terry Puhl makes a sliding catch to put out San Fran- sidered again at baseball's winter
cisco pinch hitter Max Venable during the game's seventh inning yesterday. meetings in Dallas in December.
The Giants won 6-5 in 12 innings.
There Bird fans forever,
but he's got a way togo
of the road.
By DREW SHARP years. Everyone really does love the BUT JUST as quickly as Fidrych
The comeback of Mark Fidrych, Part Bird and probably always will," looked finished, he came back. He
IV. The continuing saga of a young pit- Woodmore said. made the key strikeouts and pitching
cher who, after a brilliant rookie season Those comments didn't stop Wood- the ball low so that hitters would rap
in which he won the hearts of many more from some objective remarks on nothing but helpless grounders to his in-
Americans, has fallen on hard times the Bird's chances Tuesday night. fielders. Then, lo and behold, he began
due to recurring arm difficulties. But "I DON'T think he'll last that long, to make those gyrations on the mound
the young man has never succumbed to maybe four or five innings. He's facing which have become his trademark -
the adversity thrusted upon him. He a tough team in the Red Sox and when Tiger Stadium erupted. He had found
has always returned to regain the glory those big bats come up, he's going to be the groove and the Tigers were moun-
that was his four long years ago. And serving up a few souvenirs (home runs) ting a rally which tied the score at 4-4
now he's going for it one more time, for the people in the left field seats." going into the ighth inning.
The curtain rises on Tiger Stadium, But there were those fans present When Fidrych took the mound again,
home of th9 third-place wonders, and who said Fidrych would go all the way the stadium rocked with the chants,
the atmosphere is electric. A capacity andmake the dream of 1976 come true "Go Bird Go! Go Bird Go!" The singing
crowd of 50,749 packs the old ball park in 1980. lasted only for three pitches, though
to cheer its hero, the incomparable Bird "Mark is going to do an excellent job. when Boston's Jim Dwyer ripped a
As the start of the game nears, the roar I know he is," said John Sammut of fastball into the upper deck right field
of the crowd grows louder. At 7:50 p.m., Allen Park, a University student. "He's seats to give the Red Sox the lead for
Mark Fidrych prances out of the Tiger pitched a lot of innings down in Evan- good.
dugout and loosens up in the bullpen sville (the Tigers' minor league club) FIDRYCH WAS tagged with the
before game time, When he comes out, and has looked strong so I see no reason defeat, but when everything was done,
it's the 1968 World Series all over again. why he can't go a full nine. He must one couldn't help notice the enthusiasm
People jump in and out of their seats, have his heart in his throat right now in the air.
screaming, yelling and holding up signs however, because of all the people and "I have to give him credit, he dla
like "Welcome Back, Mark" and "The all the press, but hopefully, it won't get great job," said Woodmore. "If that
Bird is STILL the word". It's a sight to to him." error didn't occur, he would've won this
behold - something that every sports BUT IT DID get to him. He walked game. He had good movement on his
fan should witness at least once. leadoff batter Rick Burleson and an out fastball and also a decent change-up.
"THIS IS THE second time that I've later gave up a run-scoring double to He made it worthwhile to see the Tigers
seen Fidrych pitch," said Carl Wood- Fred Lynn. The 'Red Sox drew first play."
more of Pontiac, a longtime Tiger fan, blood, and were thirsty for more. Cat- "It makes me mad to think that a
"I saw him start on Opening Day in' cher Carlton Fisk singled off Fidrych's stupid error cost him a victory," added
1978. It was his second comeback and glove - another run scored. For the fir- Sammut. "But I truly think he's back
even then the crowd was not as en- st time that night, the crowd faced the and if the rest of the team gets their act
thused as they are right now, reality that the Bird might be grounded together, the Tigers can still make a
"He's something else, the way he again. run for first place."
cantivates the crowd even though he The pessimistic Woodmore merely Forever an optimist.

hasn't done much in the last three
American League
Detroitl2, Bosion 1
Cleveland i4,Texas3
Chicago 4, New York 1
KansasCity 6,Baltimore
National League
New York 5, Pittsburgh3
cbicagnk 2,Philadelphia 1
SanFrancsco6, Houstn5(2Iing.sg)

shrugged his shoulders, as if to say, "I
told you so", wlile the optimistic Sam-
mut uttered some expletives and
resumed watching.
The second inning brought more bad
news for Bird lovers. The Red Sox
tallied two more runs, both of which
were the direct result of a Tiger error,
giving them a four run cushion over the
After Fidrych left the mound
following the second inning, Woodmore
bellowed from his seat, "It's time for
the hook!" Meanwhile, Sammut sat
dejected in his seat, realizing that his
hero may finally have come to the end

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