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    Re: "SPIKES" ...The Conway chronicles...

    Montreal Expos at New York Mets
    September 29, 1978

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Mike Darr takes the mound for the Mets.
    Joe Keough reached first on a throwing error by the third baseman. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Bob Randall grounded to first. <-2->
    Andre Dawson flied out to center. <-2->
    Chet Lemon popped up to first base. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Bob Welch takes the mound for the Expos.
    Amos Otis grounded to first base. <--->
    Roy Staiger grounded to third. <--->
    Ken Griffey flied out to right. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Steve Ontiveros doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
    Chris Speier popped up to the third baseman. <-2->
    Gary Holman singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Barry Foote flied out to left field. <--1>
    Bob Welch struck out. <--1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, Montreal leads 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Steve Garvey singled up the middle. <--1>
    Brian Asselstine singled to right, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Johnny Bench grounded to second for a double play (4-6-1). <--->
    Tim Foli flied out to right field. <--->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, the game is tied at 1.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Joe Keough lined out to first. <--->
    Bob Randall grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Andre Dawson struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Dave Oliver struck out. <--->
    Mike Darr struck out. <--->
    Amos Otis flied out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, the game is tied at 1.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Chet Lemon flied out to center field. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros flied out to center. <--->
    Chris Speier grounded to first. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, the game is tied at 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Roy Staiger lined out to left. <--->
    Ken Griffey lined out to center. <--->
    Steve Garvey flied out to right. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, the game is tied at 1.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Gary Holman flied out to left. <--->
    Barry Foote struck out. <--->
    Bob Welch struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, the game is tied at 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Brian Asselstine flied out to left. <--->
    Johnny Bench struck out. <--->
    Tim Foli flied out to left field. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, the game is tied at 1.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Joe Keough walked. <--1>
    Bob Randall struck out. <--1>
    Joe Keough stole second. <-2->
    Andre Dawson singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
    The Expos put on the hit and run.
    Chet Lemon lined out to right field. <--1>
    Steve Ontiveros singled to right, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
    Chris Speier hit an infield single to the third baseman, scoring a run. <-21>
    Gary Holman lined out to short. <-21>
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Montreal leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Dave Oliver flied out to right. <--->
    Mike Darr struck out. <--->
    Amos Otis struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, New York trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Barry Foote struck out. <--->
    Bob Welch struck out. <--->
    Joe Keough doubled in the right field gap. <-2->
    Bob Randall flied out to right field. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Montreal leads 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Roy Staiger struck out. <--->
    Ken Griffey walked. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Steve Garvey grounded to first. <-2->
    Brian Asselstine grounded to short. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, New York trails 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Andre Dawson homered to right-center. <--->
    Chet Lemon popped up to the shortstop. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros flied out to left. <--->
    Chris Speier tripled to deep right field. <3-->
    Kevin Hickey now pitching for the Mets. <3-->
    Gary Holman grounded to the pitcher. <3-->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Montreal leads 4 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Johnny Bench grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Tim Foli grounded to short. <--->
    Dave Oliver popped up to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, New York trails 4 to 1.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Barry Foote doubled to left-center. <-2->
    Bob Welch reached first on a fielding error by the left fielder. <3-1>
    Joe Keough singled to center, scoring a run. <-21>
    Bob Randall grounded to the second baseman for a double play (4-6-1). <3-->
    Andre Dawson popped up to short. <3-->
    1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the ninth, Montreal leads 5 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
    Mike Jorgensen pinch hit for Kevin Hickey. <--->
    Mike Jorgensen grounded to short. <--->
    Amos Otis singled to right field. <--1>
    The Mets put on the hit and run.
    Roy Staiger grounded to short. <-2->
    Ken Griffey struck out. <-2->

    EXPOS WIN: 5-1
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    Re: "SPIKES" ...The Conway chronicles...

    Code:
    Expos Best game in September
    
    Montreal Expos at New York Mets
    September 29, 1978
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
             Expos (MON) 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1    5 10  0
              Mets (NYM) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    1  3  2
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Joe Keough (LF)               4  2  1  1  0  1  0  1    .242
    Bob Randall (2B)              5  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .247
    Andre Dawson (RF)             5  2  0  2  1  2  1  0    .294
    Chet Lemon (CF)               4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .295
    Steve Ontiveros (3B)          4  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .290
    Chris Speier (SS)             4  2  0  0  0  1  0  0    .234
    Gary Holman (1B)              4  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .263
    Barry Foote (C)               4  1  0  1  0  0  2  0    .174
    Bob Welch (P)                 4  0  0  0  0  0  3  0    .148
    TOTALS                       38 10  1  5  1  5  7  1
    
       2B:  Barry Foote (22), Steve Ontiveros (39), Joe Keough (21)
       3B:  Chris Speier (3)
       HR:  Andre Dawson (34)
       GDP:  Bob Randall
    
       DP:  Bob Randall, Chris Speier
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                   Bob Welch  9.0  3  1  0  1  1  7 109   3.63
                      TOTALS  9.0  3  1  0  1  1  7 109
    
    NEW YORK                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Amos Otis (CF)                4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .290
    Roy Staiger (3B)              4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .265
    Ken Griffey (LF)              3  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .334
    Steve Garvey (1B)             3  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .291
    Brian Asselstine (RF)         3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .270
    Johnny Bench (C)              3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .229
    Tim Foli (SS)                 3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .282
    Dave Oliver (2B)              3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .189
    Mike Darr (P)                 2  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .093
     Kevin Hickey (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .200
     Mike Jorgensen (P)           1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .300
    TOTALS                       29  3  1  1  0  0  7  0
    
       GDP:  Johnny Bench
    
       DP:  Dave Oliver, Tim Foli
       E:  Roy Staiger, Ken Griffey
    
                    NEW YORK   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                   Mike Darr  7.2  8  1  1  4  4  7 132   4.15
                Kevin Hickey  1.1  2  0  0  1  1  0  17   3.44
                      TOTALS  9.0 10  1  1  5  5  7 149
    
         WP: Bob Welch (12-15)
         LP: Mike Darr (15-7)
    
         Temperature: 84F
         Wind: 6 MPH (out to right)
         Attendance: 38,797
         Time: 2:39
    
    Expos (72-87) are 4th in the NL East 25 GB of the Mets (97-62)
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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    Montreal Expos at San Diego Padres
    September 23, 1978

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Craig Mitchell takes the mound for the Padres.
    Joe Keough doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
    Bob Randall lined out to center field. <-2->
    Andre Dawson grounded to first. <3-->
    Chet Lemon was intentionally walked. <3-1>
    Chet Lemon stole second. <32->
    Steve Ontiveros was intentionally walked. <321>
    Chris Speier struck out. <321>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Ed Figueroa takes the mound for the Expos.
    Jerry Remy grounded to third. <--->
    Alan Bannister reached second on a throwing error by the second baseman. <-2->
    Paddy Moira popped up to second. <-2->
    Pat Spratt singled through the right side, scoring a run. <--1>
    Steve Yeager grounded to first. <--1>
    1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, San Diego leads 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Gary Holman singled up the middle. <--1>
    Gary Holman went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
    John Stearns flied out to right. <--->
    Ed Figueroa grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, Montreal trails 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Jerry Morales struck out. <--->
    Willie Crawford grounded to short. <--->
    Billy Grabarkewitz struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the second, San Diego leads 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Joe Keough struck out. <--->
    Bob Randall grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Andre Dawson grounded to first. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, Montreal trails 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Craig Mitchell struck out. <--->
    Jerry Remy grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Alan Bannister grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the third, San Diego leads 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Chet Lemon grounded to third. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros singled to left. <--1>
    Chris Speier struck out. <--1>
    Gary Holman flied out to left. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, Montreal trails 1 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Paddy Moira flied out to right. <--->
    Pat Spratt walked. <--1>
    The Padres put on the hit and run.
    Steve Yeager singled through the hole. <-21>
    Jerry Morales singled to center field, scoring a run. <-21>
    Willie Crawford singled up the middle, scoring a run. <-21>
    Billy Grabarkewitz homered over the left field fence for three RBIs. <--->
    Steve Senteney now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Craig Mitchell struck out. <--->
    Jerry Remy struck out. <--->
    5 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, San Diego leads 6 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    John Stearns walked. <--1>
    Steve Senteney grounded to third for a double play (5-4-3). <--->
    Joe Keough grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, Montreal trails 6 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Alan Bannister grounded to first. <--->
    Paddy Moira struck out. <--->
    Pat Spratt flied out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, San Diego leads 6 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Bob Randall popped up to the shortstop. <--->
    Andre Dawson popped up to short. <--->
    Chet Lemon grounded to short. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, Montreal trails 6 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Steve Yeager singled to left field. <--1>
    Jerry Morales flied out to right. <--1>
    Willie Crawford grounded to the pitcher, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
    Billy Grabarkewitz struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, San Diego leads 6 to 0.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Steve Ontiveros struck out. <--->
    Chris Speier struck out. <--->
    Gary Holman struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, Montreal trails 6 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Craig Mitchell struck out. <--->
    Jerry Remy flied out to right field. <--->
    Alan Bannister doubled down the right field line. <-2->
    Paddy Moira grounded to first. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, San Diego leads 6 to 0.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    John Stearns reached first on a fielding error by the third baseman. <--1>
    Rick Reichardt pinch hit for Steve Senteney. <--1>
    Rick Reichardt struck out. <--1>
    Joe Keough singled up the middle. <-21>
    Bob Randall struck out. <-21>
    Andre Dawson struck out. <-21>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, Montreal trails 6 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Bill Atkinson now pitching for the Expos. <--->
    Pat Spratt doubled down the first base line. <-2->
    Steve Yeager singled to left. <3-1>
    Jerry Morales grounded to the shortstop for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
    Willie Crawford struck out. <--->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, San Diego leads 7 to 0.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Chet Lemon grounded to third. <--->
    Steve Ontiveros flied out to right. <--->
    Chris Speier popped up to the third baseman. <--->

    PADRES WIN: 7-0
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    Re: "SPIKES" ...The Conway chronicles...

    Code:
    Padres best game in September
    
    Montreal Expos at San Diego Padres
    September 23, 1978
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
             Expos (MON) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    0  4  1
            Padres (SDP) 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 x    7  9  1
    
    MONTREAL                     ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Joe Keough (LF)               4  2  0  0  0  0  1  0    .247
    Bob Randall (2B)              4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .260
    Andre Dawson (RF)             4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .288
    Chet Lemon (CF)               3  0  1  0  0  0  0  1    .292
    Steve Ontiveros (3B)          3  1  1  0  0  0  1  0    .292
    Chris Speier (SS)             4  0  0  0  0  0  3  0    .231
    Gary Holman (1B)              3  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .268
    John Stearns (C)              2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .105
    Ed Figueroa (P)               1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .167
     Steve Senteney (P)           1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .063
     Rick Reichardt (P)           1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .300
     Bill Atkinson (P)            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       30  4  3  0  0  0  9  1
    
       2B:  Joe Keough (19)
       GDP:  Steve Senteney
    
       DP:  Gary Holman, Bob Randall, Chris Speier
       E:  Bob Randall
    
                    MONTREAL   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                 Ed Figueroa  3.1  5  1  1  6  5  3  77   3.95
              Steve Senteney  3.2  2  0  0  0  0  5  52   1.75
               Bill Atkinson  1.0  2  0  0  1  1  1  17   5.75
                      TOTALS  8.0  9  1  1  7  6  9 146
    
    SAN DIEGO                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Jerry Remy (2B)               4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .293
    Alan Bannister (SS)           4  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .304
    Paddy Moira (RF)              4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .252
    Pat Spratt (1B)               3  2  1  2  0  1  0  0    .346
    Steve Yeager (C)              4  3  0  1  0  0  0  0    .249
    Jerry Morales (CF)            4  1  0  1  0  1  1  0    .267
    Willie Crawford (LF)          4  1  0  1  0  1  1  0    .241
    Billy Grabarkewitz (3B)       3  1  0  1  1  3  2  0    .243
    Craig Mitchell (P)            3  0  0  0  0  0  3  0    .153
    TOTALS                       33  9  1  7  1  6  9  0
    
       2B:  Pat Spratt (39), Alan Bannister (16)
       HR:  Billy Grabarkewitz (6)
       GDP:  Jerry Morales
    
       DP:  Pat Spratt, Jerry Remy, Billy Grabarkewitz
       E:  Billy Grabarkewitz
    
                   SAN DIEGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
              Craig Mitchell  9.0  4  3  0  0  0  9 120   3.08
                      TOTALS  9.0  4  3  0  0  0  9 120
    
         WP: Craig Mitchell (16-5)
         LP: Ed Figueroa (9-20)
    
         Temperature: 76F
         Wind: 4 MPH (left to right)
         Attendance: 35,968
         Time: 3:00
    
    Padres (81-78) are 3rd in the NL West 13 GB of the Dodgers (94-65)
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    The "Canadian Chronicle"

    August 4th, 1978

    Trudeau's role model?

    by Lynn Howard

    It is gratifying that our Prime Minister, Mr Trudeau, is so impressed with the German chancellor Helmet Schmidt who is such a good example of how a leader should run a country; Herr Schmidt got off to a a good start with Pierre in the first place, by championing Canada's right to take part in this year's G7 economic summit over the objections of France's snooty Giscard d'Estaing, whom one would have thought would be more sympathetic toward a fellow Gallic like our Pierre.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=helmu...iPKMTe8AfFsb04

    From the get-go, Trudeau praised Schmidt's economic policies "...Which had managed to keep popular expectations within the bounds of realism", as well as the German system of management and labour, alike "...Which has maintained stability and productivity within your industries" the P.M. going on to laud Schmidt's "Constitutional practices" which enabled the country to avoid ".. The pitfalls of unnecessary duplication while assuring a strong voice for Germany in international affairs"

    One could almost hear the wistful thoughts in the P.M.s head as he made this speech obviously thinking "Why can't Canada be more like this?"

    It may be that he is determined now to make Canada more like Germany, for upon his return to Ottawa, the P.M. made a fiery speech claiming that he was "fed up" with events in this country, that he was going to make the Post Office a Crown Corporation, cut government spending by over two billion, freezing the size of the Government service, and privatizing some of those Government services.

    Unfortunately he committed to all this financial upheaval without informing his Finance Minister Jean Chretien - who was incommunicado on holiday in Shawinigen - a shocking lapse for such an important Government official- who was highly embarrassed upon his return to Ottawa by his ignorance on the subject, when quizzed by reporters.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=Jean+...KzCsTe8AfFsb04

    Mr Trudeau may be inspired by a friendly German leader, but he may yet be done in by a powerful, irate, French-Canadian colleague, who is, currently, threatening to resign.
    -30-
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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    Re: "SPIKES" ...The Conway chronicles...

    The "San Diego Clarion"

    August 1st 1978

    Baseball gossip

    by Al Terego

    As we head into the home stretch of the season, the hot topic of our baseball world now is the wonderment of the Toronto Blue Jays who, as of today, actually lead the American League East by a game over the fabled Yankees, and three over the gritty Red Sox!

    This is a miracle achieved by a team in its second year of infancy. General Manager Pat Gillick and head coach Roy Hartsfield have engineered something that even a Dan Conway would envy - the possibility of a play-off berth in only the second year of a team's very existence!

    Never again will I, personally, call an expansion team a collection of cast -offs, for many of the names responsible for the Jays' success are household, anyway. Ollie Brown who has clouted 2O homers so far, did so regularly for Cleveland, Bob Christian who was a model of consistency for our own Padres - how Dan Conway must regret letting him go !-has a BA of .344 and an on-base average of.414, while the rotation is of familiar names like Glenn Abbott, Sivio Martinez, Gary Nolan, and Alan Foster, plus the sure-fire closer, Kent Tekulve, who were all highly successful members of previous teams...the question arises, what was the management of the other teams thinking to let such talent go in the Expansion Draft of 1977?

    Compared to the exploits of the Blue Jays, our own San Diego Padres look very dowdy, after the high expectations raised following their Championship season. Sitting third, eight games behind the Dodgers, it will take a similar spurt, to that of 1977, in the last two months of this season for them to even make the playoffs, this year.

    The only gloomy satisfaction that Padres fans can take so far is that first baseman Pat Spratt, and outfielder U.L. Washington were named All -Stars, that the line-up is performing solidly, and that Craig Mitchell is on course for a twenty-win season that. other than that, the pitching has fallen away considerably from that of last year.

    We must hope that the team remembers what they did last season to come from twelve games down at this time, to win it all in a canter in the long run. In the meantime, it must play in the shadow of this year's extraordinary team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
    -30-
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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