Managers always worry. Even when they are already in the World Series, a pennant safely won.
Listen to Detroit's Sparky Anderson and San Diego's Dick Williams, who were holding court behind the batting cage before tonight's third game of the World Series.
Anderson: "I'm worried about our hitting. We haven't hit well for four games now. We won the last two with Kansas City, but didn't hit (four runs total) and we were lucky to win the first game against San Diego.
"The way the World Series is, if you go cold for five days it can be over for you before you know it. We need to get hot again. I hope we start hitting again in this park."
Williams: "You have to get lucky picking players this time of year. You hope you have the hot bat in the lineup. In '72, when I was with Oakland and Reggie (Jackson) got hurt in the playoffs, I played a hunch and went with (Gene) Tenace. It worked out (Tenace was MVP with four Series homers).
"This year I went with Bevacqua even though he hadn't had that good a year. So far, it's worked out, but you never know."
People often forget that Williams did not manage the 1974 Oakland Athletics after managing them to world championships in 1972 and 1973. Tonight, when someone asked Williams how good his 1974 team was, he laughed, realizing the error the questioner had made.
Noting he was managing the California Angels at the time, he told his questioner, "Oakland was a hell of a ball club."
With the Padres' Steve Garvey, a former Michigan State cornerback, in town, school officials brought out football uniforms for Garvey and the Tigers' Kirk Gibson, another ex-Spartan football player, to pose in.
Garvey on his football career: "When I got to Michigan State, I was 6-3 and weighed 220. Now look at me (he is listed at 5 feet 10 but his teammates on the Padres swear he ild chills."