From the doghouse to the dugout
Former Los Angeles policeman Mark Fuhrman was at the Kingdome supporting the New York Yankees when the world champs opened the season against the Mariners. His brother is a longtime friend of Yankees pitcher David Wells.
That’s how Fuhrman got into the dugout, dispelling the rumor, wrote Tom Keegan of the New York Post, “that he was brought to Seattle to throw out the first glove.”
Trying to get his team to ‘Shine’
Earlier this season, Miami Heat coach Pat Riley and his team were headed for practice at Phoenix’s America West Arena when he directed the bus driver to pull over at Majerle’s Sports Grill, the downtown bar and restaurant owned by the Heat’s Dan Majerle.
Riley is the league’s most demanding coach, but he occasionally likes to pull that kind of stunt to break up the monotony.
So, despite two fourth-quarter collapses that cost the Heat a couple of games, Riley canceled a practice last week and told the bus driver to take the team to a movie theater, where he took them to an Al Pacino film, “Donnie Brasco.”
In an effort to toughen his team up for the playoffs?
A good hot dog or a hot tub?
Officials for the Lions and Tigers aren’t saying what special features fans can expect at Detroit’s new stadiums. But executives are reviewing the best ideas from other modern stadiums.
Among the newest stadiums is The Ballpark at Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers. It has a baseball museum, a running track, a children’s center and gift shops. A water park run by Six Flags is planned next to the stadium.
The future home of National League’s Arizona Diamondbacks will include a pool in the outfield stands for group rentals during games.
For starters, winning teams would be a novel idea in Motown.
The bright side of an obstructed view
Knuckleball pitcher Tom Candiotti isn’t fretting over his banishment to the bullpen while the Los Angeles Dodgers continue trying to trade him. In fact, he’s found a bright side to being excluded from a starting rotation featuring Dominicans Ramon Martinez and Pedro Astacio, Japan’s Hideo Nomo, Mexico’s Ismael Valdes and South Korea’s Chan Ho Park.
“It’s a lot more fun hanging in the bullpen than on the bench,” Candiotti said. “It’s a little more liberal down there. Besides, you don’t need a translator down there.”
Hope he wasn’t banking on it
Lawrence Cameron, a Charlotte resident who was picked from the stands to try a half-court shot for $240,000 during a Charlotte Hornets-Atlanta Hawks game, was short on his attempt, but the show wasn’t over.
Charlotte’s Vlade Divac, unimpressed, left the Hornets’ huddle and showed Cameron how it’s done, banking it in for good measure.
Divac, however, was not eligible for the $240,000.
The last word …
“I didn’t play well at all, but I’m glad to be playing at all. It’s a lot better to be looking down at the grass than looking up at it.”
- Arnold Palmer
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