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Old 07-13-2016, 11:30 AM   #1
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Daily Craig: More star memories

OK, so like many of you, I cringed when Joe Buck did his Rodney Dangerfield impression during the All-Star Game. I had to laugh when I saw Mets PR guy Jay Horwitz in the National League dugout.

Jay has been with the Mets for 36 years. He sets up interviews, interacts with the media, and also helps with the annual media guide. Some years ago while in Kissimmee, Larry Dierker and I were in the Astros press box when Dierker said, "Get a load of this. The best I have ever seen." He was reading the media guide aloud and was checking the stats for Mookie Wilson. According to Jay Horwitz, Mookie had 10 homers in 1984: 5 on natural grass and 5 on Astroturf. It was the best tongue-in-cheek stat ever.

Mookie, by the way, is not related to the Red Sox Mookie Betts. For me, the 1986 All-Star Game was great as four Astros were first-time stars and the game was played in the Dome. The American League won 3-2 with Roger Clemens the game MVP. As a media type, I was not supposed to get autographs. I have to admit I violated that policy in both dugouts.

As for All Stars period, I was standing behind the batting cage at Wrigley Field when Billy Williams was watching Ron Santo take his licks in the cage. Williams booed the entire at bat. He looked at me and said, "We want him to hit under game conditions." Jay Horwitz loved that story.

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