Bulldog vows he’s not finished
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Orel Hershiser says we have not seen the last of ``The Bulldog.″
Hershiser, who has talked in the past about moving into the broadcast booth once his playing days are over, will start Game 3 of the AL championship series for the Cleveland Indians today against Baltimore.
He was once again asked Friday if this would be his last season.
``I haven’t even considered that,″ said the 39-year-old, whose contract expires after the season. ``There is speculation that I might retire. I’m not going to retire. There is a very nice opportunity for me to pitch next year and hopefully that will be with the Indians.″
Signed by Cleveland as a free agent after the 1994 season, Hershiser has been a big part of the Indians’ rise to AL prominence. He thinks it’s a relationship that can continue.
``I don’t look at this as my last postseason because I don’t see the Indians at the end of a run, but rather at the beginning of one,″ he said. ``By the way (general manager) John Hart has structured the contracts and the minor-league system and the money for all the sellouts here. I don’t even think of this being my last postseason.″
SEITZER THE BIKER: The Cleveland Indians had never seen Kevin Seitzer move quite this fast.
Cap on backwards for the joy ride of his life, Seitzer hopped aboard Indians general manager John Hart’s brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle and took it for a spin around Jacobs Field after the team workout Friday.
``I saw him in the hallway and asked him if I could ride it,″ Seitzer said. ``He said sure. That was so cool.″
The only problem was, ballpark security didn’t recognize Seitzer when he trotted out to the parking lot and boarded the bike. They chased him down a ramp that leads to the field before finally realizing Seitzer was a player.
``I told them John said it was OK, but I don’t think they believed me,″ said Seitzer, who has an older Harley of his own. ``I took off down the ramp and down into the stadium, and I kept checking the rearview mirrors.″
Seitzer, who has undergone numerous knee operations, took the bike for a one-lap cruise along the warning track. When he stopped, Hart climbed aboard and did a few interviews before riding back to the parking lot.
``See, I told everybody I can still move,″ Seitzer said. ``I’ve just got to have something under me to get me there. I can still fly.″
NO JUSTICE?: An MRI exam on David Justice’s left shoulder revealed no tear, but a bruised rotator cuff made the Cleveland outfielder’s status questionable for Game 3.
Justice hurt himself diving back to second base on a pickoff attempt by Jimmy Key in the first inning of Game 2. He asked manager Mike Hargrove to take him out of the game in the eighth inning, and Jeff Branson pinch-hit for him.
``He came to me and said, `I can’t help the team,‴ Hargrove said.
Justice received treatment Friday and skipped the team workout. Hargrove said he wouldn’t have been able to play if there was a game Friday, but left open the possibility that Justice could DH today.
``He’s pretty tough,″ Hargrove said. ``He said, `I’ll play with pain as long as I’m not a detriment to the team.‴
ROAD WARRIORS: The Orioles owned the best road record in baseball this season and won both divisional series games at the Kingdome, so playing the next three games at Jacobs Field is no big deal.
``It’s a veteran team that knows what it takes to get ready for games. We don’t get hung up with all the distractions because we’ve been to all the places and done everything,″ reserve infielder Jeff Reboulet said.
The Orioles’ 52-29 record on the road was six games better than their home mark. Baltimore was 2-3 at Jacobs Field, but the team is undaunted about playing in front of about 45,000 fans rooting against them.
``We’ve played so well on the road. I’m not worried about it,″ first baseman Rafael Palmeiro said.
``I don’t think there’s a huge homefield advantage in baseball as much as there is in other sports,″ center fielder Brady Anderson said. ``I just think in baseball when you’re playing well as a team, you do well whether you’re at home or away.″
DAVIS EXCUSED: Orioles outfielder Eric Davis was excused from Friday’s practice session after taking chemotherapy late Thursday night as followup treatment for colon cancer.
His status for today’s game was uncertain.
``I’ll talk to him tonight and see how he’s feeling, but I doubt that if that determination will be made before tomorrow,″ Baltimore manager Davey Johnson said.
Davis is 1-for-5 in the first two games of the series and 3-for-14 (.214) in the playoffs.