Watts more - oops - what's more, here's Luis Tiant again with his annual threat as the Boston Red Sox assemble in Florida today. His attorney, Bob Woolf, said, "Luis called me and said he is not going to training camp and is seriously considering retirement - he feels badly and feels he's not being treated fairly." Once again, Tiant is pushing for a contract extension that the club is loath to give him at age 36, never mind that his 21-12 campaign in '76 was his third 20-gamer in four years and the other time he made up for winning only 18 by tacking on three in the playoffs and World Series . . .
Surely the commissioner won't negate the latest A's deal, first baseman Ron Fairly, 39, to Toronto yesterday for $30,000 plus second baseman Mike Weathers, a .262 hitter at Tucson in '76. Or will he? The Blue Jays paid the A's $175,000 to take Weathers in the November expansion draft. C. O. Finley has his player and eats his cake, too. By our arithmetic, a $205,000 cake for a Ron Fairly on his last legs. Or is old Dodger Fairly worth it to former Dodger exec Peter Bavasi, who runs the Torontos?
Pitcher Sparky Lyle took the blame for the Yankees' failure to pay their four batboys a championship bonus and said they will get $100 apiece. He said several players had decided in September to make the gift out of the club's fine fund - "I didn't want to keep the money around the house, so I put it in my checking account. With one thing and another, I forgot to mail it to them . . ."