New York Yankees

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Posada pitches for Pedro

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada would be happy to see Pedro Martinez in pinstripes."I don't have anything against Pedro if he's my teammate. The guy is a winner. He knows how to pitch," Posada said Thursday night at a charity event for manager Joe Torre's Safe at Home Foundation."I would not have a problem with him. We're gentlemen and would be able to work things out. The same thing happened with Roger [Clemens]."

With the Red Sox's 2 year $25.5 million offer to Pedro, I don't see any other team going after the Red Sox ace. I just hope Pedro is smart enough to accept the offer before Theo Epstein changes his mind.

Also, I can't help but think that Posada is encouraging the Yankees to look at top free-agent pitchers instead of trading him for prospects to then trade for Randy Johnson. Can't blame the guy, would you want to be playing for the Diamondbacks or the Yankees?

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Friday, October 17, 2003

Yanks rotation up in the air

Yanks rotation up in the air
By Mark Feinsand /

NEW YORK -- The Yankees will host Game 1 of the World Series on Saturday, as they open at Yankee Stadium against the Florida Marlins.

Who will be on the mound for New York, however, remains a mystery, even to the two men charged with making that decision.

Both manager Joe Torre and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre said after Thursday night's emotional Game 7 ALCS win over the Boston Red Sox that they would evaluate the situation on Friday before tabbing a Game 1 starter for Saturday.

Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina and David Wells, the four starters for New York in its first 11 postseason games, have all pitched in the last four days, the result of a rainout in Boston last week and an extra-inning Game 7, in which both Mussina and Wells were used out of the bullpen.

"We don't really have anybody who would be ready on regular rest," Stottlemyre said. "We'll probably wait until tomorrow and see how everybody feels before we make a decision."

If it is one of those four pitchers, Wells is the likely choice. Clemens started Thursday's game, while Mussina tossed three innings of relief. Pettitte threw 92 pitches on Wednesday, while Wells threw 104 on Tuesday and just six pitches in relief on Thursday.

"I think it will be one of the four if they feel like they can go," Stottlemyre said. "I'm glad to have this decision to make."

The wild card is Jeff Weaver, who has not appeared in a single postseason game. Weaver, who started 24 games this season, has not pitched since September 24.

When asked if Weaver was a possibility to start the opener, Torre said, "He could be."

Weaver, who struggled this season to the tune of 7-9 with a 5.99 ERA, said it would be a great honor for him to start the opener.

"That would be unbelievable. I have quite a few bullets stored up here," Weaver said. "I've had success against National League teams, so if that's what happens, I'm ready to go."

Stottlemyre said that Jose Contreras is a "possibility" to get the call, but added that he "doubts it."

"We've been very happy with what he's been doing out of the bullpen," Stottlemyre said.

When pressed about the issue again, Torre smiled and quickly moved on.

"I have no clue," the manager said. "Mel and I will talk about it in about 12 hours."

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New York Post editorial salutes Red Sox for winning title

Better dead than read
Curses - at the New York Post after editorial salutes Red Sox for winning title

From news services

New York -- When it comes to major league baseball and curses, the latter is best left alone - or so it would seem for the New York Post, which today ran an editorial congratulating the Boston Red Sox for beating the New York Yankees and advancing to the World Series.

Thoughts immediately turned to the gaffe in 1948 by the Chicago Daily Tribune, which reported that Thomas Dewey beat Harry Truman for the presidency.

The Post's front page blared "DESTINY" in two- and-a-half inch letters to celebrate the Yankees victory, the editorial began, "Looks like the Curse of the Bambino boomeranged this year. Despite holding a 3-2 lead in games over the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees couldn't get the job done at home." The editorial concluded, "Wait'll next year."

Truman defeated Dewey, and the Yankees came back from a 5-2 deficit to beat the Red Sox 6-5 on a home run by Aaron Boone in the 11th inning. The Yankees now face the Florida Marlins, the National League champion, in the World Series.

"The wrong one got on the page," said Col Allan, the Post's managing editor. "It's embarrassing, but it's one of those things that happen. Somebody made an error. It's as simple as that."

The Post, in typical newspaper fashion, had prepared two editorials, one congratulating each team. The wrong piece ran in the News Corp.-owned tabloid's late city final edition, which reaches about 200,000 of the Post's 650,000 readers, Allen said, noting that the Post will run an item Saturday acknowledging the foul-up.

The editorial's title was "A Curse of Their Own?" The "curse," a constant theme in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, is a belief that the Red Sox won't ever win baseball's championship because owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1920. Boston hasn't won a championship since, while the Yankees have done it 26 times.

In 1948, the Daily Tribune staff concluded from early election returns that Dewey would defeat the incumbent Truman and published the paper with the headline, "Dewey Defeats Truman." Truman won with 303 electoral votes to Dewey's 189. The newspaper became part of a famous photograph of a grinning Truman holding up the front page.