Charlie Finley? Asked how it was going in his Chicago high-rise apartment as Oakland furniture dealer Ed Bercovich talked about buying the A's. Charlie O replied: "He has a brown satchel with him. I don't know what's in it - a tape recorder or money . . . I don't think anything will be decided today."
Pete Rose? The Cincy captain, needing 15 hits his last nine games to reach his goal of a 10th 200-hit season, takes time out Monday for a tribute in the nation's capital. President Carter will host him for 15 minutes at the White House, then Congress does its thing to honor the 3,100-plus-hit, 44-game streaker. Says Rose, "Beats the Sporting News."
Lou Brock, after casting some doubt, signed (really, this time) to play in 1979. Toward his goal of 3,000 hits, the all-time thieving St. Louis Card (ex) speedster has but 64 this year, needs 102 more . . . And Carl Yastrzemski is feelin' so good he says he won't retire after 1979 after all but aims to play with the Bosox through 1981 - "at least."
Dave Bristol, Giant baseline coach suspended for rest of year by NL President Chub Feeney, says whaddyamean he struck umpire Gerry Crawford in the face with his cap? "I know better than to hit an umpire. When he cursed at me I took off my hat and threw it down in disgust. I didn't know where it was going; you know the wind in Candlestick park does mysterious things."
Red Auerbach on vamoosed Joe Pace: "As far as I'm concerned, he's no longer with the club."