It was a shock to cover manager Bobby Cox in 1985.
At Olympic Stadium whether the manager was Dick Williams, Jim Fanning, Bill Virdon or Buck Rodgers, after the final writers would head for the elevator, go downstairs, wait for the clubhouse doors to open and enter the manager’s office for wisdom and varying degrees of wit.
After the Blue Jays had a tough loss in 1985, I headed for the elevator at Exhibition Stadium. Someone hit the down button. I found my way down the left field line, entered the clubhouse and then the manager’s office.
It was empty as it was if the Jays were at Yankee Stadium.
Half an hour later I found Cox sitting on a stool drinking a beer, talking to coach John Sullivan.
After spitting out a few one-word answers “yep,” and “nope,” and his standard “for me? He pitched great,” it was on the players.
Like the policeman say .. nothing to see here, move along.