Baysox team has it all: Funk, chants, The Look

This Just In...

June 17, 1996|By DAN RODRICKS

BOWIE -- Hot doggin' in the minors? Why not? You're Brent Bowers, 6-3 and 202, a 25-year-old, left-handed hitting, seven-year veteran of the farm system, playing outfield and batting .312 for the Double A Baysox, still hoping to move up the highway to Baltimore. One night, with 4,400 watching and a nice breeze bending the trees, you swing the bat and tear one off. You stop and drop. The bat lands at your feet. You look to the sky, tilt your head and hunch your muscular shoulders as the ball slips over the billboards in right field. You give The Look, then add a little hot dog to your home run strut.

I don't mention Bowers' swaggering performance to knock it. Actually, I enjoyed it. It was part of what made the trip to Prince George's Stadium so amusing and enjoyable.

HTC Thirty-two minutes from a buddy's house in Federal Hill, a $7 ticket behind home plate, families throughout the stands, a glittering carousel for kids, organ music, specialty beers on tap, fans chanting "Cheeseburger!" (everyone gets a free one if the Baysox score 10), a front-office guy named Funk slinging bunched up T-shirts and water bottles into the stands, a remarkable array of billboards on the outfield wall -- "Bozzuto Brings You Home" -- and some decent baseball. I only spotted one cellular phone all evening, and the guy using it wore a tank top!

I'd like to go back for more, and I recommend the trip to others. There are two games today -- the first one, oddly enough, this afternoon at 1: 05 against the Trenton Thunder, currently in first place in the Eastern League's Southern Division. The Baysox are

last, by the way, but don't let that stop you.

Please, Clint, go Eastwood

Clint Eastwood, in town for movie-making, has been enjoying the food at Paolo's and recently took in "The Rock" at Towson Commons Cinema. (Eastwood's film, "Absolute Power," is about a burglar who witnesses a murder in Washington. It is scheduled for release next year.) Meanwhile, the folks along Eastwood Drive in Northeast Baltimore are still waiting for their man to make an appearance there; they've even printed a Clint Eastwood Drive T-shirt. Come on, Clint. Do a drive-by. Make our day.

Sticker, chips and ribbing

Also seen in Towson: An ancient, faded green Dodge with the owner's presidential preferences clearly marked with a bumper sticker in the rear window: "Nixon/Agnew." ...If you're a potato chip fan, I strongly recommend (in moderation, of course) the revitalized Utz waffle chips. Nice and potato-y, and unsurpassed for "dippage." ... On the Beltway's outer loop the other night, a road crew had some fun with a co-worker by testing one of those flashing warning signs with the message, "Sherman Works For Food."

A good mistake

Jean Adamski, one of our favorite waitresses, kept making the same mistake on her customers' tabs at the Bridge, the friendly little diner just south of The Sun on Calvert Street. Three times in one day she wrote "$11.67" when she should have written "$11.66." That was enough to prompt Jean to play 1167 in the lottery. It hit, too. For $2,700! Like a lot of people, Jean plays numbers or combinations that keep popping up. When I pressed for the fine details of her system, she accommodated me -- up to a point. "Listen, hon," she said, "I can't draw a map for ya! I gotta wait these tables!"

Southern Baptists update

As a follow to last Friday's suggestion that the Southern Baptist Convention react to the rash of arsons of black churches, please note: The convention's annual meeting in New Orleans last week yielded $281,318 in collections to help rebuild the churches. That's impressive. The yield might have been even higher had attendance been better. Twenty-thousand people had been expected, but fewer than 14,000 posted. "We are thoroughly conservative now," explained Herb Hollinger, convention spokesman. "There is no longer a moderate faction that attends to try to gain power." Sounds like the U.S. Congress.

Pick up after pooch, please

I've been asked by a woman in Fells Point to pass along the following request to her neighbors: Please pick up after your dog. (In certain areas -- check out the 900 block of Fell St., for example -- the problem has been so chronic that some resident spreads broken glass to keep dogs away from trees and off sidewalks.) If you don't have anything for the pickup job, just reach up into a tree and grab one of those ubiquitous blue plastic bags.

Pointing fingers

Weinberg & Green, faced with multiple business problems (including a multimillion-dollar malpractice suit and a big-time squabble with its landlord over $400,000 in rent), is not above indulging in the age-old practice of "blaming the immigrants." The law firm has expressed displeasure with the fact that it must conduct business in the same downtown office building used by if you can imagine such a thing -- the Immigration and Naturalization Service. "We have loitering of the INS visitors and vagrants in the lobby," complained Victoria Smouse Berghel, a Weinberg attorney. The implication, of course, is that, well, these people who come to the INS, they might be future American citizens, but their huddled masses in the lobby have led to a general decline in working conditions. This from a law firm that has its very roots in the immigrant experience.

Pub Date: 6/17/96

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