This is only the second time in baseball history that a World Series game will be played on Halloween (the first was during the 2001 Series, which was pushed back after 9/11), and so several Yankees were asked what they’d be doing tonight if they weren’t playing Game 3 of the World Series.
Andy Pettitte said that while his wife is here in Philly, his kids stayed home so they could go to the Halloween carnival at the family church. “My daughter is extremely upset that I am not going to be home,” Pettitte said. “My wife is flying up here to be with me, but my kids, they want to be home for Halloween and go around trick or treating and do the things that they normally do. I’m not going to mess with that with them if that’s what they want to do.”
Nick Swisher said “me and my lady, we were going to go to a costume party as inflatable sumo wrestlers,” according to MLB.com, which did a great story on what some Yankees would be doing. Check it out to see a lengthy scary story from Phil Coke, which explains why he will never jump out out of the hedges to scare kids.
Johnny Damon, not surprisingly, is also a big fan of Halloween. When I asked Johnny what his kids will be dressing up as, Damon ticked them off on his fingers: “I’ve got an Elvis, a puppy dog and a cat,” he said, before adding that his oldest daughter often likes to change costumes but will likely be going as a dancer from the Elvis era.
Would Johnny be dressed up if he were home? Absolutely. Damon said a year ago he had a “great costume” when he and his wife and friends went as the heavy metal band Slipknot, who all wear masks and – coincidentally – appeared on the “Jimmy Kimmel Show” last night.
Damon is also, apparently, Phil Coke’s worst Halloween nightmare.
“I like to get out with the kids,” Damon said through a wide grin, “and hide behind the bushes, and scare kids who think it’s going to be an enjoyable treat.”