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Jim Fregosi had two rules, no make that three

“Only the manager sleeps with the manager’s wife.”

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This probably isn’t how you want to hit it off with the new boss.

Jim Fregosi, who died at 71 last week, conducted a quick team meeting upon taking over as Angels manager in 1978, going over signs, his two basic rules (show up on time, play hard) — and the fact that he hated team meetings. So imagine his players’ surprise when he called another meeting the very next day.

As Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun tells it: “ ‘Oh yeah, I have one other rule ... only the manager sleeps with the manager’s wife,’ Fregosi said as he flipped a ball to (infielder Bobby) Grich.

“Grich had sent a ballboy to an attractive woman in the seats with his name and phone number listed on a baseball.

“The woman was Fregosi’s wife.”


• At “For anybody that picked 7-18 Boston College to beat undefeated Syracuse in basketball, step forward to claim your prize.”

• At “Richie Incognito disappointed Wells report left out best stuff he did to Jonathan Martin.”

Going to waist

“Fat ... and stupid is no way to go through life, son” was the dressing-down given by:

a) Dean Vernon Wormer, to Faber College’s Delta House miscreants

b) Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, to corpulent DH Jesus Montero

Step aside, Bob

Tuesday’s Indiana-Iowa basketball game in Bloomington, Ind., had to be postponed when a 60-pound ornamental plate fell from the ceiling about five hours before tipoff.

Thus shattering the Assembly Hall record for flying metal set on Feb. 23, 1985 by Bob Knight’s flying chair.

12 Seconds of Fame Dept.

Apparently filmed too late to make this year’s Academy Awards nominations:

Best Documentary, Short Subject: “Broncos’ Super Bowl XLVIII highlights.”

Four more years!

“Jeopardy!” item from comedy writer Tim Hunter:

A: The World Cup, the Winter Olympics and Charlie Sheen getting engaged.

Q: Name three things that happen every four years.”

The write stuff

• Syndicated columnist Norman Chad, on Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman: “I can’t figure out the guy — smart and well-spoken off the field, breast-beating and trash-talking on the field. He’s like Winston Churchill moonlighting as a pro wrestler.”

• Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, on the Westminster Kennel Club show: “I haven’t seen so many dogs in once place since the NBA’s Eastern Conference.”

• Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, predicting the next wave of new Winter Olympic sports: “Synchronized ice fishing, yodeling, avalanche surfing and rhythmic shivering.”

Too many Skittles

Q: What do Seattle sports fans call it when a player reports to camp 40 pounds overweight?

A: Obese Mode.

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About Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

Times night-desk editor Dwight Perry uses Sideline Chatter as a not-so-safe haven for the humorous, offbeat and bizarre events and characters that color the sports landscape. His Page 2 column runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in Sports. | 206-464-8250


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