?Spectator on the Base Paths
The baserunning gaffe of the season was committed by the Dodgers' Brett Butler on Sept. 16. The scene: bottom of the 11th inning, L.A.'s Jose Offerman on third, Butler on first, one out and the game against the Reds tied 3-3. The Dodgers' Lenny Harris hits a grounder to third. Offerman tries to score but fails to touch the plate and is tagged out. Harris, however, is called out when he passes Butler who, inexplicably, stood watching the play at home. "I was ready to run home and hug [Offerman]," says Butler. "I don't know what I was thinking." The Dodgers did win the game 6-5 in the 12th.
?Spoken Like a True Ballplayer
On a flight from Ontario, Calif., to Chicago in the early morning of Sept. 16, one of the two engines on the White Sox's chartered plane blew out, causing the plane to make an emergency landing in Des Moines. "I thought we were going to die," said White Sox pitcher Charlie Hough. "I was ticked, because it was only two days from payday."
?Say, Didn't You Used To Be Donnie Scott?
Reds catcher Donnie Scott, 30, who recently played in his first major league game since 1985, is a good example of the power of persistence. He was released from the Orioles' organization in April 1987, got his bartender's license and also worked as a groundskeeper at a golf course. "I didn't think I'd play again," he said. But Scott hooked on with the Brewers' chain and then with the Reds' before his recall to Cincinnati on Sept. 1. "One of the umpires asked me the other day, 'Do you know another Donnie Scott who played for Texas in the '80s?' " said Scott. "I told him, 'I think you're thinking of me.' "
?By the Numbers
>With six assists in an 11-day stretch that ended on Sunday, Oriole outfielder Joe Orsulak ran his major league-leading total to 20, equaling the 1990-91 total of the Philadelphia 76ers' backup center, Manute Bol.