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The Game Isn't Fun? Oh, Go Climb a Roof

July 17, 1993

(Cincinnati pitcher) Tom Browning spent part of a recent game watching the Reds play the Chicago Cubs from a rooftop across the street from Wrigley Field. The fans on the rooftop enjoyed it, every sports show in the country showed it on their highlights and it made everyone laugh. So what did Red Manager Davey Johnson do? He lectured Browning and fined him $500, saying, "The incident embarrassed me."

The NBA would have included the story on its "Inside Stuff" show and played up the entertainment aspect of it. I mean, do you think for a minute that Browning did anything that demeaned the Reds' organization, major league baseball or, God forbid, Davey Johnson? Hey, Davey, it's just a game!

CHARLES L. FREEMAN

Los Angeles

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