OAKLAND,CALIF. — OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland A's pitchers get to see how the other half lives and dies when the World Series opens tomorrow night in Cincinnati. They'll bat for the first time this season, and they're not happy about it.
Normally congenial Dave Stewart, the A's starting pitcher for Game 1, didn't even want to talk much about hitting as he sat in the clubhouse yesterday while his teammates worked out at the Oakland Coliseum.
"They take batting practice all year," Stewart said about his National League counterparts. "They have the advantage.
"All I can do is take my cuts or bunt."
Stewart is no stranger to batting. He was signed originally by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a catcher and spent parts of six seasons in the National League. Bob Welch, the A's starter for Game 2, spent 10 seasons with the Dodgers.