I can't think of any other reason why the Mariners would hire Mike Hargrove, who they inked to a three-year deal today. Hargrove is, in my opinion, one of the worst managers of the last 20 years. Does Mike have dirt on someone in the Seattle organization?
Once again, Willie Randolph is passed over, not even given a chance to interview.
Amazing, a game seven. Curt Schilling with a legend-making performance, let's see if the under-armed Sox can pull it out tomorrow. I can't imagine what will happen in Boston if they do it. I set the over/under on upturned police vehicles at 3 if the Sox can pull it off.
I recall an ugly incident in 1999 at Fenway Park, and sanctimonious Yankees fans and local media pummeling the Beantown faithful for their immature and dangerous behavior in response to some tough (actually, bad) calls. What say thee to the Stadium dwellers tonight? Class acts? I know YF wasn't involved in these shenanigans, but I'd be curious to know if he had the urge...
Some angry fans in the crowd of 56,128 at Yankee Stadium threw baseballs onto the field and Francona wanted to pull his team off the field. Yankees manager Joe Torre then came out and argued the call briefly.
The game was delayed for about 10 minutes while the play was sorted out.
More objects were thrown onto the field in the top of the ninth inning, and an announcement was made telling fans to not throw anything.
Kevin Hallinan, senior vice president of security for the commissioner's office, went on the field and spoke to security personnel. Police officers, wearing helmets, then kneeled shoulder-to-shoulder down both foul lines in an attempt to prevent any further incidents. The officers left the field for the bottom of the ninth.
ESPN with the headline "A-Rod Controversy in the 8th Inning". What, exactly, was controversial? A-Rod willfully slapped the ball out of Arroyo's glove, and that's AGAINST THE RULES. Case closed. Nothing confusing, the umps got it right.
Miracle! Praise the Gods! A ticket for tonight's festivities has fallen into our laps, and so we're off to the Ballpark in the Bronx, hoping the skies clear and the Yankee bats come alive once more. Look for us in the leftfield bleachers, front and center, encouraging our boys as never before.
Will it last five hours? Six? More? We're ready. The battle is before us. Our subterannean charriot awaits. GO YANKS!
Did our man Gary tell USA Today's Bob Nightengale that the Sox are a "walking disaster," a quote since reprinted in the Herald? "That's not me," Sheff says in today's Post. Paging Woodward & Bernstein....
Let's clear something up. The odds of coming back from an 0-3 deficit are now irrelevant. The Sox chances of winning this series are entirely based on a comeback from a 2-3 deficit, so worse than 50-50, but not terrible, either. Toss a coin ten times in a row. If you get ten straight heads, that doesn't make a tail any more likely on the next throw. The same story here: past performance is not a factor in future projection. This won't make the achievement of a comeback from 0-3 any less impressive in retrospect, but the odds of it happening have now changed dramatically. Unfortunately.
Jeez, at least the surly New Yorker was considerate enough to time his idiocy so he'd be healthy for the playoffs...
HOUSTON -- St. Louis right-hander Julian Tavarez broke his left hand during a dugout tantrum in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series, and it was uncertain Monday when the reliever would pitch again. The excitable Tavarez tried to trash the bench shortly after giving up a tiebreaking home run to Carlos Beltran in the seventh inning of Houston's 6-5 win Sunday. Tavarez's on-field anger turned into a phone-punching tantrum that might leave St. Louis a pitcher short for the rest of the NLCS. Before Game 5, the Cardinals told ESPN that Tavarez broke three bones in his left hand. "He punched the phone, so that's when it happened," manager Tony La Russa said. "I don't know if he'll pitch tonight, but he'll pitch in the series."