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|Dave Hollins (pictured here playing first base) was very particular about his chair in the clubhouse.|
I actually enjoyed hanging out with them. I'd always stay late in the clubhouse after games, when everyone else was gone. I'd drink a few beers with the guys. And sometimes, they'd even give me a ride back to my hotel. One other thing -- I still talk to these guys. And ironically, they say that there are a couple of Hall of Famers out there who were the cheapest players they ever dealt with. And they also say there's a few future Hall of Famers playing right now who are among the cheapest players in the league when it comes to tipping. I'm not going to name names -- but the opinions from the clubhouse guys are pretty unanimous. Sometimes, one little thing goes wrong, like a sock is missing; and some guys don't feel obligated to leave a tip. That's a damn shame. Because to me, these guys are the real people of baseball. They enjoy what they're doing, and they rarely even get to watch much of the game -- maybe just a little bit on TV. Most of these guys have been doing this job for years. And it's not easy. A team's flight might get in after a night game, and they have to stick around to unpack equpiment, wash clothes, etc. It's a thankless job. I wouldn't want it. They should be well taken care of. IN SEARCH OF LOST COOL Let's face it, Carlos Zambrano just lost it on Monday night. A quick recap: First, Zambrano hit Jim Edmonds with a pitch in the first inning. Then Zambrano got ticked off when Edmonds homered off him in the fourth and lingered for a moment to admire it -- he yelled at Edmonds to just put his head down and run around the bases like Scott Rolen does. In the sixth, after striking out Edmonds, Zambrano wagged his finger at him. And then, after giving up a tiebreaking homer to Rolen in the eighth, Zambrano plunked Edmonds, the very next hitter, for a second time and was ejected.
|Carlos Zambrano's had a great year, but he's got to keep control of his emotions.|
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