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THE 1986 ALL-STAR GAME : Impostor in Met Uniform Shags Flies Until Caught by Lasorda : Notebook

July 16, 1986|TOM FRIEND and ROSS NEWHAN | Times Staff Writers

HOUSTON — Tom Lasorda did his good deed for the day. During batting practice, an All-Star impostor ran onto the field wearing a Met uniform, No. 13. He fielded a few fly balls until Lasorda spotted him and screamed, "Hey! Hey!"

"I knew something was up when he couldn't go to his right," said Lasorda, one of the National League's coaches. "He said he was living his fantasy, and I said it was my fantasy to get his (rear) off the field.

"(Jim) Palmer said if the guy had a Dodger uniform, I would've left him out there."

Dick Young of the New York Post chimed in: "There's been years when people wearing Met uniforms needed protection."

The impostor was identified as Barry Bremen of Detroit, who has tried this before, once dressed as an umpire.

Add Lasorda: He posed Tuesday with former Dodger pitchers Charlie Hough, Sid Fernandez, Rick Rhoden and John Franco.

"I had these boys before," he said. "I'm honored to be here with them."

Second add Lasorda: He pointed out that not one Dodger has an All-Star incentive clause.

"Lots of guys get big bonuses if they make the All-Star game," he said. "I remember when I was managing this game a few years back, Fernando (Valenzuela) had pitched the Sunday before the game and I figured he couldn't help me and I'd take Tim Lollar. But we ended up taking Fernando.

"Well, I got a nasty letter from Lollar's agent. He was really nasty, saying I cost the kid some money. I called him back and said, 'I'd like to see you in person someday after a letter like that.'

"I don't like incentives, period. If a guy's got it in his contract that he gets more money if he plays a certain number of games, what happens if he goes in a slump? What if you take him out of the lineup? Someone's mad. Or let's say you want to look at young kids at the end of the season.

"I think the (regular) contracts alone should be their incentive, with contracts like that."

Last add Lasorda: He had lunch Tuesday with National League Manager Whitey Herzog of St. Louis.

He told Herzog: "I don't want to hear your problems. I got a call from Ferdinand Marcos. He wanted to talk to someone worse off than him."

Herzog, by the way, held a pregame meeting with his team and, according to outfielder Tony Gwynn, said: "We've won 13 of the last 14 All-Star games, and I was manager the last time we lost. I don't want to do it again!"

Gwynn said later: "He means it. He was serious. You could look at his face and tell. And this is Chub's (Feeney) last year as (National League) president, and we'd like to send him out on a positive note."

Add Herzog: The number on his jersey is 24.

His Cardinals are 24 games behind the Mets.

More Gwynn:

On leading off for the first time ever: "I'm gonna choke (up), poke and hope."

On facing Boston's Roger Clemens for the first time: "I want go up and get my bat on that heater somehow. If I hit a 10-hopper back to the pitcher, I'll be happy."

On Darryl Strawberry's blast off a speaker high in right-center field Monday: "In a few years, they won't ask you what happened in the game, but they'll ask about that homer. That's all people are talking about. 'Did you see that! Did you see that! I think it might've had a chance to hit the Coca-Cola sign!' "

That sign at the Astrodome is 500-feet from home plate.

Kansas City's George Brett, on star rookies Wally Joyner and Jose Canseco: "They're very different in that Canseco has one thing on his mind when he goes to the plate. He wants to see how hard he can hit it. Joyner wants to hit the ball anyway and anywhere he can."

Some All-Star thoughts: This game was played without four active 300-game winners--Tom Seaver, Don Sutton, Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton.

And without four other likely Hall of Famers--Pete Rose, Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan and Steve Garvey.

At least six executives from the A's were in town, as they begin planning for the 1987 All-Star game at Oakland. The 1988 All-Star game will be at Cincinnati.

Who's who: Commissioner Peter Ueberroth had the following people seated in his private box: Vice President and Mrs. George Bush; Mr. and Mrs. David Wolper; Mrs. Vera Clemente, wife of the late Pittsburgh star, and Garry Maddox, the 1986 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

History: For the first time in an All-Star game, there were three players with the same last name on the same team--Chili, Glenn and Jody Davis of the National League.

In the first inning Tuesday, Boston's Wade Boggs lined a foul ball hard into the stands. It grazed a man, who was given some assistance but who said he was fine.

The man was General Manager Hank Peters of the Baltimore Orioles.

Cal Ripken won't give it a rest. Coming into this All-Star game, he'd played 6,247 consecutive regular-season innings, and he came within a half-inning of playing all nine Tuesday night.

"I came close, but I didn't play the bottom of the ninth," said Ripken, a shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles. "Even though I played the top of the ninth, I don't consider this a whole game."

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