A preview for game three with additonal coverage of George Brett's hemorrhoids. Brett had surgery to relieve his malady following his removal from Game Two of the World Series, unable to bear the pain any longer. He would go on to play in all six World Series games. The Royals faced a 2-0 deficit going into game three. With 17-game winner Dick Ruthven poised to take the hill against Rich Gale, the Phils probably had every reason to feel confident. However, the Series would grow more tense for the Fightins.
|From The October
17, 1980 edition of The Aiken Standard:
Brett Okay After Surgery, Phillies Fighting Injuries
By The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Royals rested a little easier today when they learned they probably would have the services of George Brett in tonight's third game of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Trailing 2-0 In the Series, the Royals face a virtual do-or-die situation. A loss would all but hand the Phillies their first World Series title on a gilded platter. No team in the 78 years of World Series play has rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to win the best-of -seven-game set.
Brett, who hit .390 during the season and drove in 118 runs, underwent minor surgery Thursday to have a painfully swollen hemorrhoid lanced. The operation, performed by Kansas City proctologist John Heryer took about 20 minutes. Heryer said Brett would remain in the hospital until this morning.
"It was a simple operation," Heryer said. "We simply lanced a blood clot and removed it, thereby removing the pressure and hopefully the pain."
Heryer said Brett would soak in hot tubs and keep off his feet until this morning.
Heryer said Brett probably would not be 100 percent for the game but that he should have no problems playing. Kansas City Manager Jim Frey had to replace Brett in the sixth inning of Game Two when the problem became too painful. Brett was limping and had trouble running.
At the same time, the Phillies, who won the first and second games of the Series at home, had problems with their own casualties.
Slugging outfielder Greg Luzinski, who was used as a designated hitter in the Series opener, missed Wednesday night's game with the flu and did not make the trip to Kansas City. He had a temperature of 103 Wednesday night and 101 Thursday morning.
Phillies Manager Dallas Green said Luzinski probably would join the team today. Green said he planned to use rookie Keith Moreland in the designated hitter's role, as he did Wednesday.
Also slightly injured were center fielder Garry Maddox and catcher Bob Boone.
Maddox injured his left knee when he fouled off a pitch against it in Game Two. X-rays were negative, but there was some fluid in the knee. He was expected to play. Boone still is recovering from an injured left foot sustained in a home plate collision in the playoffs with Houston.
Frey planned to start right-hander Rich Gale, 13-9 in the regular season, against Phillies righthander Dick Ruthven, 17-10, tonight.
A 6-foot-7 fastballer, Gale won 11 straight games for the Royals from June 17-Sept. 1.
"Our basic problem in this Series is we have not been able to control Philadelphia's offense," Frey said. The Phillies scored 13 runs in the first two games against the Royals.
Ruthven, whose last appearance was in relief in the final game of the playoffs, had a strong finish in 1980. He is a fastball, curveball, changeup pitcher who relies on location.