Mussina, Oates awaited charge with mixed views

Orioles notebook

June 07, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

When Bill Haselman headed to the mound to confront Mike Mussina in the seventh inning yesterday, the Orioles right-hander was thinking self-defense. His manager, Johnny Oates, was hoping discretion would rule over valor.

"The first thing I thought about was not letting him get a good shot at me," said Mussina. "I was able to do that and wrestle him to the ground."

That might not have been the safest place to be, considering the number of people who joined the melee. "But I didn't have my arms curled up, or my legs in a bad position," said Mussina. "I've been on the bottom of a lot of pileups in [high school] football."

Was that the first time he had ever been charged? "Without football pads, yes," said Mussina.

Oates was asked what his initial thoughts were when the fight broke out. "Mussina -- don't get hurt; Mussina -- don't be a hero; Mussina -- run," said Oates. "The next thing I know he's dropping his glove and I'm thinking 'Oh, no.' "

Bosio blamed, too

Just as the Mariners were convinced Mussina was throwing at Haselman, the Orioles were equally adamant that Seattle's Chris Bosio was throwing at hitters earlier.

According to center fielder Mike Devereaux, the Orioles knew that Bosio would throw at Harold Reynolds in the sixth. "Harold bunted for a hit with two strikes on him [in the fourth inning] and you could tell he [Bosio] didn't like it," said Devereaux. "We knew he'd throw at Harold the next time."

Catcher Jeff Tackett and reliever Mark Williamson were the most severely battered Orioles. Tackett, who was second on the scene, arriving just behind Haselman, had a swollen right eye that required two stitches, and Williamson was cut across the bridge of his nose.

Williamson said he was grabbed from behind (reportedly by Mackey Sasser) and thrown to the ground. He indicated there could be bad blood between the teams.

"I will get even," said Williamson, who didn't elaborate.

Frohwirth's follies

Not surprisingly, the best line after yesterday's brouhaha came from Orioles reliever Todd Frohwirth, who was involved in scuffles on both sides of the field.

The first came near the third-base line, where Seattle reliever Jeff Nelson got Frohwirth in a headlock and threw him to the ground. "I told him, 'You ain't nothing. I've been thrown to the ground by guys a lot smaller than you,' " said Frohwirth.

Nelson is 6 feet 8 and 235 pounds. After freeing himself from that entanglement, Frohwirth, 6-4 and 205, changed directions. "I went over to the first-base side to look for somebody smaller," he said.

Baseballs were hit, too

Oh yes, there also was a baseball game at Camden Yards yesterday, the Orioles completing a three-game sweep of the Mariners, 5-2.

"We got timely hitting today, a couple more home runs, hopefully this will be a steppingstone to add to our four straight [wins]," said Mussina.

Miscellaneous

The weekend sweep was the first for the Orioles since they won three straight from Kansas City last Sept. 14-16. The four-game win streak is their longest since seven in a row Aug. 28 to Sept. 5 last year. . . . The five Mariners ejected established a club record. The previous high was four, June 30, 1990, in a game at Milwaukee. . . . The last time the Orioles had three thrown out was July 17, 1982, when manager Earl Weaver, coach Ralph Rowe and outfielder Gary Roenicke were tossed, also against Seattle, for arguing a call at first base. . . . The Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches today will announce the players selected for the Crown High School All-Star team.

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