KISSIMMEE, Fla. — It is a spring training tradition for the manager and some of his coaches to sit in lawn chairs next to the team's dugout. Charlie Manuel assumed his customary spot Sunday at Osceola County Stadium with pitching coach Rich Dubee to his left and catching coach Mick Billmeyer to his right.
He did not expect to be struck by a man riding a tricycle. Ah, the hazards of being a big-league manager.
The Astros, like most teams, organize gimmicky in-between innings contests. One of them was a two-man tricycle race from dugout to dugout, along the warning track.
"I saw him coming," Manuel said. "I thought, 'We better get over.' He got me. Big ol' three-wheeler."