Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg was one of the more mild-mannered players in the game when he played with the Cubs. He was jokingly asked if he ever admired a home run and got a teammate drilled as a result.
"Did I? No. I never did," Sandberg said. "No, because I always thought I was going to be the one to get beaned, not a teammate. That's how it used to be. Back in the day, you could pitch inside, you could hit guys. There wasn't any rule that you couldn't hit a guy."
So Sandberg never flipped a bat and admired a home run?
"No, that wasn't my style," he said. "Because I always knew there was another at-bat coming, whether it was that game or it was two weeks from now or next year. I always had that in the back of my mind."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.