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But that doesn’t fall on Perlozzo’s shoulders. The roster was put together by Little Syd and his sidekick, Jim Duquette, vice president of baseball operations, who said nothing during yesterday’s press conference. This mess should fall on them. In fact, Little Syd said as much when he declared, “We feel like we are in control of the situation.”

Or, as Chip Diller declared in “Animal House” when the crowd rushed him on the street, “Remain calm. All is well.”