Carlos Ruiz was not scheduled to play Sunday afternoon, but he felt the need to explain to Ryne Sandberg and Juan Samuel why his mind was elsewhere. He pulled the Phillies manager and first-base coach aside, in a hallway near the clubhouse, and told them that morning of a harrowing situation in his native Panama.
Three men were flung from their capsized fishing boat sometime Saturday. Two of them - Walter Dubarran and Jose Mercedes Rodriguez - were Ruiz's close friends. They were missing for more than a day, and Ruiz directed money toward boats and helicopters for a search-and-rescue team that worked with the Panamanian navy.