The Times from Shreveport, Louisiana on August 3, 1989 · Page 23
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EDITOR: KENT HEITHOLT, 459-3298 THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1989 B Sooners scrutinized: 2B B Eating disorders at UT: 5B 0 LaDowns results, entries: 5B I El BY THE NUMBERS AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland 1, Milw. 0 New York 7, Minn. 6 (1st) Minn. 4, New York 3 (2nd) Baltimore 9, Boston 8 Detroit 6, Texas 4 Toronto 8, K.C. 0 California?, Seattle 0 Oakland 2, Chicago 0 - NATIONAL LEAGUE Cine. 5, Houston 2 Phila. 6, Chicago 0 Montreal 3, Pitts. 1 San Diego 9, Atlanta 7 New York 4, St. Louis 3 Los Angeles 7, S.F. 4 (Roundups, Page 2B) TEXAS LEAGUE Ark. 2, Shreveport 0 Tulsa 3, Jackson 2 (1st) Tulsa 5, Jackson 2 (2nd) Midland 5, S. Antonio 4 (Only games scheduled) (Standings, Page 8B) Saints' Mayes gets 2nd opinion LA CROSSE, Wis. - A second opinion eased the mind of running back Rueben Mayes, although it merely confirmed the first opinion. Both doctors said Mayes has tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon, New Orleans Saints Coach Jim Mora said Wednesday. The injury was diagnosed by team surgeon Terry Habig as tendinitis, and rest was prescribed. Mayes sought a second opinion from Ken Sayre, the surgeon who had performed two operations on him, repairing his left Achilles' tendon after the 1986 season and his right knee after 1987. "The tendon itself is OK -just tendinitis," Mayes said Wednesday after his return to camp from seeing Sayre in New Orleans. "The doctor said just rest it and it will be all right. I feel better about that," Mayes said. Cowboys' Jones on TV tonight THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be one of the featured guests on the premier of ABC's Primetime Live scheduled tonight. Jones, who already has taped segments for 60 Minutes and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, had planned to return to the Cowboys' training camp at California Lutheran University on Tuesday night, but instead flew to New York where he'll interviewed in the studio by Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. He plans to return to training camp Friday; there is a scrimmage Saturday against the San Diego Chargers. Paterno airs ill feelings in book PITTSBURGH - Penn State football coach Joe Paterno said his long-standing feud with Jackie Sherrill started when the former Pitt and Texas A&M coach threatened Paterno and insulted his wife in a late-night phone call. In a book to be published next month, Paterno said he had problems with underclassmen on his 1988 team the first losing Penn State team in 50 years and that he has a personal disdain for the negative reporting of some sports writers. Paterno's book will detail the incidents. Caps ractedl by HTiraws' Stomi Times PhotoLEE SHIVELY Shreveport's Dee Dixon is out at second base in the Captains' 2-0 loss to Arkansas Wednesday night at Fair Grounds Field. Arkansas regains 1st with 2-0 win By EVAN GRANT The Times It took a month for the Shreveport Captains to climb back into first place. The stay lasted just 24 hours. Arkansas' Brian Stone, recalled from Class A just three weeks ago, pitched three-hit ball for six innings. The Captains failed to score on a bases-loaded, no-out opportunity. And the Caps were shut out for the first time in six weeks. That adds up to Arkansas 2, Shreveport 0 in front of 1 ,9 1 1 fans at Fair Grounds Field Wednesday. "It was a game of missed opportunities for us," Caps Manager Bill Evers said. "We had the bases-loaded and couldn't punch a run. We couldn't get a couple of bunts down." The loss, which dropped Shreveport to 23-16, knocked the Caps out of first place, which they had captured by taking the first three games of the series from the Travelers. The teams end the series tonight at 7:35. Shreveport trails Arkansas and Tulsa by a half game in the East. Tulsa, which swept a doubleheader against Jackson Wednesday, tied the Travelers for first place in the B See TRAVELERS, Page 5B Say, the Hayes kid is about to make it By JON MARKS Special to The Times PHILADELPHIA - Three weeks ago Charlie Hayes must've wondered if "Annie" really knew what she was talking about. The day after the Phillies' rookie third baseman committed four errors in the first five innings, the sun definitely did not come out. You couldn't help but wonder watching the pouring rain come down that day if perhaps it was an omen, symbolizing his career washing away almost before it started. Well, if that was rock bottom and Charlie Hayes says it was truly a learning experience then this past weekend was the summit. Hayes, a former Shreveport Captain, started off with a bang Friday in the second game of a doubleheader when he launched a Rick Reed changeup an estimated 433 feet into the upper deck, making him only the 34th player to do so in Veterans Stadium history and first since Mike Schmidt in 1986. That last part seemed fitting, since in effect Hayes is the guy who has taken over third base since Schmidt announced his retirement Memorial Day. But that was just the beginning. Saturday, a few hours after the Phillies had retired the number (32) of their all-time finest pitcher, Steve Carlton, Hayes struck again with another three-run shot. And on Sunday he smashed a solo blast off Doug Drabek. "It surprised," admits Hayes, who nearly doubled his season RBI total this weekend (nine before Friday) "I usually don't hit a lot of home runs." Before the Pirates came to town last weekend, Hayes wasn't hitting much of anything. He had struggled fitfully both at the plate and in the field since being recalled from Scranton Wilkes-Barre of the International League in June. The problems culminated with the four-error performance against the Houston i I also struck out three times. . .That whole night I'd like to forget, y Charlie Hayes On his four-error game Astros. "I also struck out three times," reminded Hayes, who was one of the most popular Captains during his two years in the Texas League. "That whole night I'd like to forget. "I got home, turned on the radio, listened to music and said to myself, 'I didn't do a very good job tonight.' That night was definitely a big learning experience. "It made me grow up as a person. I'd never experienced something like that. But when I got to the park the next day I forgot all about it. I felt I'd dealt with it like a man should." Hayes has had to deal with a lot since he last played in Shreveport in 1987. But he never stopped believing that if he worked hard somewhere along the line he'd get his chance. But Hayes isn't letting the highs of last weekend get out of hand. "I just want to go out and play and be consistent," says the 24-year-old Hat-tiesburg, Miss., native, who has committed a team high 11 errors. "If I do that I'll be okay. "As far as my hitting goes I'm kind of happy. I've hit the ball pretty good, only not for a good average (.252 with four homers and 19 RBI). But defensively I'm real disappointed with myself. I generally can help a team more defensively than with the bat. Defense is the thing which always came easy for me." But that hasn't been the case since Hayes arrived in town two weeks after the Phillies sent reliever Steve See SHREVEPORT, Page 8B What's beyond field? Players find it's not easy leaving game By NATHAN HUANG The Times On the football field, Rickey Jackson stands out among his fellow NFL players. The New Orleans Saints linebacker is one of the game's best players, being named to the Pro Bowl four times and earning a reported $600,000 in 1988. But off the field, Jackson, a nine-year veteran, is similar to many of his colleagues in one unsettling regard. He hasn't planned for life after football. "I haven't even started thinking about what I'll do when my career ends," said Jackson, 31. "I never give my mind a chance to say I'm going to quit. If See TOO, Page 7B y.-y IMS&fJ ,W ''''' to " ' ' Times File Photo Saints' Rickey Jackson, like many other NFL players, admits to not being prepared for his future retirement. htonnntniit. hb mm .v, v. v, mm try and life begin 1 SUNDAY: Research indicates that the long-term physical effects ,of playing football make an NFL career a risky business. MONDAY: After Charlie Krueger learned the San Francisco 49ers had deceived him about the condition of his inj ured knee, Krueger won a landmark lawsuit. TUESDAY: The NFL's disability plan has made Buddy Dial's life easier. But Jim Otto, who has two artificial knees, is crusading for improvements in the plan. WEDNESDAY: Joe Theismann's broken leg ended his NFL career, but it didn't destroy his financial security. Theismann had disability insurance. TODAY: Today's NFL playersearn big money. Butthepavchecks eventually stop coming, and some players haven't prepared for life after football. FRIDAY: Thanks to a fund created by NFL owners, old-time players now receive a pension. But the main NFL pension plan remains a controversial issue. Sitting and watching not easy for Captains' Freeland Ken Gerhart's bat was a rake and the mound was mostly Diamond Dry, the compound used to mop up soaking fields. And, of course, gads of Diamond Dry have been used on Fair Grounds Field this year. It was also about three hours before game time Wednesday and a week before Dean Freeland was scheduled to make his next appearance for the Shreveport Captains. That didn't matter. What mattered was Freeland was pitching. He threw almost 60 pitches in 20 minutes. Twenty glorious minutes if you ask Free-land. "I just want to pitch," he said. "The last month hasn't been easy. You can't just sit on the bench and watch while the rest of the team tries to win a pennant and not do anything. It kills you." For the last month that is exactly what Freeland has done. A lot of sitting and even more watching. An aching muscle in his rib cage forced him out of the rotation for the first time in his six-year career. EVAN GRANT He hasn't appeared in a game since July 6 and was told not to throw for a two-week period. "It's just been hell," Freeland said. That could be the end. Another minor league pitcher. Another injury. Big deal. But this is Dean Freeland, the guy who's spent more time here than a lot of natives. He's the only Captain to appear at Fair Grounds Field every year it's been open. And this season has been enough to just flabbergast the 24-year-old. Not only did he land on the disabled list for the first time, but he finally got his call to Triple-A and lasted only three starts before being sent back down. "It is enough to sour you," said Freeland. "I don't like being back here, but I like to battle. And this is a battle. I've got to look at it like this I didn't get the shot I wanted, but at least I got the shot. I'm hoping to get back, but right now Phoenix is 10 games out and I've got a chance at the championship we still haven't won yet. I want that ring." The Captains hope Freeland can pitch next week. That would be fine. He wanted to make the last road trip, but couldn't on doctors orders. The only road back to Phoenix, Freeland figures, runs through Shreveport. And the only way on to the road is to pitch. "He threw last week and had a lot of velocity, the breaking stuff had some bite to it," said pitching coach Steve Cline. "We had hoped he wouldn't be out this long, but that injury is in a sticky situation. , "I think it's got to be tough from the mental standpoint," Cline added. "You can give it the 'why me?' or say you are going to go out there and prove you belong. The easiest way to go is always to just ask why is this happening to me." Freeland has yet to ask that question. Despite a somewhat disappointing 2-4 record this season and a 4.45 ERA, he remains optimistic. He thought he'd be at Phoenix this spring. Now he thinks he'll be back. Even though every other member of the rotation that started the season here has moved up, Freeland intends to join them. "You know, for two years everything just went perfect for me," he said. "I came here, pitched well, they put me on the major-league roster and I was only 20. Then they thought I needed another year here. I didn't agree then, but it was something I had to go through. I think it was last year that I got put in a holding pattern." Last year he lost some velocity off his fastball, dropping into the low 80's. That's what kept him here. Now he's back averaging between 86 and 88 miles an hour. "I still think I can pitch in the majors," Freeland said. "The thought of walking away doesn't cross my mind. It can't. If it does, I might as well give it up now. I can't get the job done that way." And as disappointing a year as its been to date, there is still a spot in the rotation for a healthy Freeland and there is still a pennant race to be won. Being sent down hurts. Watching your friends move ahead of you stings. But like every baseball player, Freeland knows there's always a time when it hurts more. That's when you aren't a baseball player anymore. Evan Grant is a Times sports writer

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