August 21, 1988 |
I believe it was Billy Martin--now awaiting his what, 168th return to the New York Yankee dugout?--who said you never turn down a chance to manage a major league team. And if he didn't say it, he should have. But even Martin might have thought twice about accepting employment with the 1988 Angels. First of all, there was this business of replacing a managerial legend, the hyper-intense Gene Mauch, relegated to Palm Springs golf courses by a preseason bout with chronic bronchitis.
July 25, 1988 |
A bit of baseball wisdom from noted dugout philosopher, if not mathematician, Octavio Rivas Rojas: "You don't win a war in one battle." Those are words the Angels lived by, and died by, Sunday afternoon during their 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians before 31,015 at Anaheim Stadium. According to Cookie's Corollary, a baseball season is a 6-month war, a 162-game siege, and with the Oakland Athletics coming to town tonight, the war is about to escalate.
May 23, 1988 |
It was Havana, 1959. Cookie Rojas was 20 and playing second base for the Havana Sugar Kings of the International League in the Junior World Series against the Minneapolis Millers, managed by Gene Mauch. "I met Cookie and Fidel Castro at the same time," Mauch said in reflection. "In all honesty, Fidel made the more immediate impression."