SARASOTA, Fla. -- It is not difficult to separate truth from fiction when it concerns Baltimore Orioles right-hander Ben McDonald. Here's a rule of thumb: The more it sounds like fiction, the more likely it is to be true.
So, when a report surfaced that there was an alligator in the clubhouse, everyone laughed nervously and looked around for the only guy who would have the nerve to get close to one. Sure enough, McDonald had found a friend and brought him along to work.
"I caught it on a fishing line and brought it to the clubhouse in a duffel bag," McDonald said. "I was fishing right at dark [Monday night] and I hooked it accidentally. Then the fight was on."