The following in a excerpt from the Sports section of the Akron Beacon Journal this morning, 6/30/07:
Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez is going to his first All-Star game. Gonzalez received a phone call Friday from St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, asking whether he was available as coach for the National League next month.
Asking whether he was available?!
The following is an excerpt from the 1989 movie, Major League:
[The Indians General Manager calls minor league coach Lou Brown at Tire World to offer him a position with the Indians]
Charlie Donovan: "How would you like to manage the Indians this year?"
Lou Brown: "Gee, I don't know..."
Charlie Donovan: "What do you mean, you don't know? This is your chance to manage in the big leagues."
Lou Brown: "Let me get back to you, will ya, Charlie? I got a guy on the other line asking about some white walls."