O's get the cold shoulder (arm, leg) in Milwaukee Temperatures in 40s start search for parkas

Orioles Notebook

September 23, 1995|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

MILWAUKEE -- The summer game is infringing on fall now. The temperature at County Stadium was a crisp 47 degrees when Milwaukee's Brian Givens delivered the first pitch last night.

The players also had to deal with a stiff wind during batting practice, and before the game, they dug into the equipment trunk containing the team's winter parkas.

"It wasn't that bad this afternoon, during early batting practice," said manager Phil Regan, "when you worked up a sweat. But when the sun goes down -- whew."

Almost all of the Orioles wore turtlenecks, starting pitcher Kevin Brown being a notable exception.

Teeing it up

The teams have been selected for the club's golf tournament Monday in Toronto, an event organized by reliever Jesse Orosco. A total of 32 Orioles players, coaches and trainers will participate, including Regan, who waived his rule against golf on the road for this.

Orosco says his team, which includes fellow relievers Jim Dedrick and Terry Clark and outfielder Jarvis Brown, is the favorite. "I'm the scorekeeper," he said, "and I get to turn in my score last."

The team that includes outfielder Mark Smith and infielders Rafael Palmeiro and Bobby Bonilla is expected to bring up the rear. Smith, Orosco said, has indicated that "it might be dark before we get 18 holes in."

The Orioles have off days Monday and Thursday of next week.

Ripken meets press

Cal Ripken met with the media in Milwaukee yesterday. Some excerpts:

* Ripken said he hasn't viewed a videotape of his walk around Camden Yards in the fifth inning of his record-breaking game. "I'm going to save that for a moment after the season's over," Ripken said. "I haven't decided yet -- I might want to sit down with my wife. I might just want to sit down and watch it by myself. It's something that I want to do, though.

"I have a memory of it inside me. I have a memory of it from there. But I want to look at it from the outside."

* Ripken was asked about how he envisions his streak ending. "Whether it's some young guy who comes along and he's more worthy of being in the lineup -- that might be how it ends," he said. "It could end with injury. [If not,] hopefully, I'd like to think I'd be honest with myself to know when [to end it]."

Coach Mussina

Mike Mussina will be the JV basketball coach this off-season at Montoursville High (Pa.), his alma mater.

Practice begins in November, and Mussina, who had helped as an assistant with the varsity football and basketball teams in the past, figures he'll miss only the last game of the season for spring training.

And what of his $1,500-$2,000 salary? "It'll go back into the program," he said.

Around the horn

Jeffrey Hammonds came to the plate in the ninth for his first at-bat since July 17 and doubled to left. . . . Jimmy Haynes is supposed to pitch in the Arizona Fall League, but Regan said yesterday the Orioles will look to replace him, because "he doesn't really have anything to gain by pitching" in the AFL. . . . Mussina will pitch Tuesday and Scott Erickson Wednesday of next week, Erickson being backed up a couple of days to allow Mussina to pitch on four days' rest. . . . Ripken played in his 2,146th straight game last night, and his 64th straight errorless game. During it, a fan in his 20s bolted from the seats along the third-base line and sprinted out to shake Ripken's hand. Ripken made no effort to avoid the man, who was removed by security and fined $155 for trespassing.

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