Hits and misses

June 30, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: The fans sitting in right field in Yankee Stadium are known as the loudest, most obnoxious and most obscene of any in baseball. They have a special affection for former Met Bobby Bonilla -- who grew up in the Bronx -- chanting lots of things that we can't print here. When the game was delayed briefly in the fourth inning, the fans focused their attention on Bonilla in right field, and he turned his back on them, crossed his arms and faced the right-field foul line.

In the dugout: In the bottom of the ninth, Orioles manager Davey Johnson let right-handed-hitting Mike Devereaux bat against Yankees closer John Wetteland, who had struck out Devereaux to end Thursday's game. Even if Johnson had wanted to use Brady Anderson as a pinch hitter, a sore shoulder made Anderson unavailable. Luis Polonia, another lefty on the bench, has one hit in his past 25 at-bats.

In the clubhouse: "I asked Bobby if he wouldn't mind being the designated hitter. . . . They love him out there." -- Johnson, on Bonilla's facade of friends in the right-field seats.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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