After the Dodgers were eliminated last night in the "friendly confines" of Wrigley Field in Chicago, where the Cubs under Theo Epstein's executive management triumphed 5-0, an emergency meeting of the rat pack was held with Sandy Koufax as toastmaster.
The fellows voted unanimously to give Dodger field manager Dave Roberts a pat on the back for a job well-done. On June 30, no one thought the boys in blue had a chance of overtaking the Giants for the NL West crown, let alone defeating Washington to qualify for the National League Championship series. 'It was a great season," Koufax declared before fielding questions regarding his post-season heroics versus the Yanees in 1963 and his legendary refusal to pitch on Yom Kippur in the 1965 fall classic.
Sandy toasted his Hall-of-Fame teammate Don Drysdale, now deceased. Sandy said: When the Twins knocked out Don [game one starter in Sandy's stead], the tall righthander told [manager Walt] Alston, "bet you wish I, too, were Jewish," and Alston was impressed by Drysdale's use of the subjunctive. Frank drank a shot of Jack and talked about his duet with Elvis Presley in March 1960.
Dean sang "Volare" and modulated into "On an Evening in Roma": "Do they take 'em for espresso, / Yeah, I guess so, / On each lover's arm a girl, l wish I knew, / On an evening in Roma." Then he took a drag of his cigarette and winked at Frank, who sang, "Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away / If you can use some exotic booze / There's a bar in far Bombay." It would be up to Koufax to determine the itinerary: Bombay first, then Rome? Notice Sandy's thin tie and the elegant pocket squares around the horn, a dead giveaway. -- DL