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The World Series of Home Runs we all thought would develop between the Yankees and Phillies has been dominated by pitching so far, Chad Jennings writes. Will it continue now that the teams have shifted from Yankee Stadium to plays-even-smaller Citizens Bank Park?

People always talk about how much big-game experience Andy Pettitte has, so I decided to try and find one way to quantify it. Check out my column for more on Pettitte’s storied postseason history and the reason the Yankees have confidence in him taking the mound in Game 3 tonight.

Mariano Rivera has gotten plenty of work this postseason and Joe Girardi knows he can’t overdo it with his closer, especially now that the Series has three games on three straight days. The notebook also has items on Alex Rodriguez, the outfield alignment and other news and notes.





42 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Sara Mac October 31st, 2009 at 8:14 am

    We’ll see if A-Rod can get his butt in gear and hit a couple! What the heck is going on with him?

  2. Evan October 31st, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Pete’s gonna love this: ARod thinks he’s Mr. Ed :lol:

    You’d expect Alex Rodriguez to have a bedroom filled with trophies – not bizarre portraits of himself.

    US Weekly reports the Yankee’s slugger has commissioned paintings of himself – as a centaur.

    But wait, it gets better – they’re hanging above the superstar athletes’ bed, according to the magazine.

    “He was so vain. He had not one, but two painted portraits of himself as a centaur. You know, the half man, half horse figure,” scoffs an ex-girlfriend to the magazine. “It was ridiculous.”

    Obviously, one lady doesn’t mind it. Hudson and A-Rod are hitting home-runs all the time.

    “They love sex!” an insider reveals to Us Weekly. The celebrity couple, who began dating in May, apparently can’t keep their hands off one another. And when they can’t be close enough to touch, they’re talking about it. “They talk about it all day,” the same snitch says. “Kate gets graphic talking about his body, even to her parents.”

    The magazine also reports Hudson is trying to make her beau less egotistical. But talking about his body all the time probably doesn’t help.

  3. BD October 31st, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Evan, was that really necessary?

  4. Evan October 31st, 2009 at 8:32 am

    C’mon that’s funny.

    Plus it’s in today’s NY Daily News, and I’m sure elsewhere.

  5. Doreen October 31st, 2009 at 8:33 am


    On that note…

    Star Ledger has an article today which quotes Goose Gossage as being unimpressed with what Mariano Rivera is doing/has done, especially as it concerns 2-inning saves, because, of course, he and his peers did it all the time “back in the day.” Oh, Goose, we get it. Baseball was better then, and the players weren’t such sissies. I love Goose, but man, give it a rest. In a time when pitching is so specialized and closers DON’T normally pitch 2-out saves, Mariano is doing it and he’s doing it at age 39. Please give the guy at least some credit.

    Oh, but he does admit that when he did have multiple inning saves, Gossage was not available for a day or two afterward. Oh, yeah, there’s that. :)

  6. yankee21 October 31st, 2009 at 8:39 am


    I stopped listening to Goose Gossage talk even before he got in the hall of fame. He has nothing to say of any relevance and his baseball insight comes across as remarkably low considering he actually played the game at a high level for 10+ years.

    He was a dominant pitcher, no question.

    He is an idiot outside the lines though.

  7. Evan October 31st, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Bitter much, Goose?

    Goose is in the HOF, but it took him 8 ballots. I’m pretty sure Mo will be a first ballot inductee.

  8. Doreen October 31st, 2009 at 8:47 am

    yankees 21 -

    Ah, you’re being too hard on the Goose. :) I actually enjoy listening to him most of the time. But he is very much on a soap box when comparing the players of yore with the players of today.

    It is a different game, in some ways. And certainly where the utilization of pitchers, both starting and relieving, are concerned. And most of it has to do with protecting the heavy financial investment that teams now make – i.e., salaries.

    But he has nothing to prove. He is in the Hall of Fame. He was one of the best at what he did. So is Mo.

  9. BD October 31st, 2009 at 8:54 am

    The point Gossage is missing is that Mo is really, really good in addition to being durable. Goose’s career ERA+ was 126. Mo’s is 202.

  10. randy l. October 31st, 2009 at 8:55 am

    gossage did not come up though the yankee farm system, played only six out of his twenty-two years in the major leagues with the yankee, and was very good baseball player , but not really a yankee. kind of like a rickey henderson or a dave winfield.

    i never cared what gossage thought when he was a player. i couldn’t care less what he thinks now.

  11. Evan October 31st, 2009 at 8:57 am

    countdown – 11 hours till the first pitch

  12. yankee21 October 31st, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Doreen, maybe I am being hard on the Goose,,, but this is a guy who seems to go out of his way to have his opinion known and when he speaks his mind, it reveals the depth of his idiocy. And he deserves to be called on it.

    It is one thing being loud, it is quite another to be loud and stupid.

    That is my view of Goose. A talented pitcher with a small brain.

  13. roger(live from Amsterdam) October 31st, 2009 at 8:59 am

    So who will pitch the 8th inn tonight??Mo can’t do this every game…
    Hughes or Joba?

  14. yankee21 October 31st, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Did not Goose also hit Cey in the watermelon? Class act that Goose guy.

    Not exactly setting an example there, hey Goose?

    So shut your trap and have some lunch with Rice your fellow HOF’er who you can probably relate to as being loud and stupid.

  15. 86w183 October 31st, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Gossage is his generation’s Bob Feller… a bitter, grumpy old man who probably spend most of his summer yelling, “get off my lawn” at kids in the neighborhood.

    We has a helluva pitcher, but it’s time for him to STFU.

    (Stop The Foolish Utterances)

  16. Tom in N.J. October 31st, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I never understood Gosse’s point. The game changes and evolves. And Goose happened to play in an era when the ‘fire-man’ out of the bullpen was in vouge. Could closers today pitch 2-3 innings at a time? Sure they could-they just aren’t trained that way anymore.

  17. JoeyA October 31st, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Hey Goose, if you go bak another 30 years, relief pitchers didn’t exist and you wouldn’t have been good enough to have a job in the MLB.

    The game evolves my man, which makes it’s so great. Taking slights @ Mo just make you look bitter and stupid.

  18. Rishi October 31st, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Manuel shows Andy no respect

    Last Updated: 6:48 AM, October 31, 2009

    Posted: 4:40 AM, October 31, 2009

    PHILADELPHIA — It’s a good thing Andy Pettitte owns the most postseason victories in major league history. Otherwise, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel probably wouldn’t even know Pettitte’s name.

    Manuel certainly didn’t extend many accolades toward the left-hander yesterday when he was asked about the Phillies facing Pettitte tonight in Game 3 of the World Series.

    “Andy Pettitte, he’s a lot like anybody else who ages — his stuff is kind of starting to dwindle down,” Manuel said.

    “I’ve seen him pitch on TV a lot, and I’ve definitely seen him pitch against our Cleveland team,” the former Indians manager added. “We used to have some pretty good success against him, and I think we are ready for him.”


    That doesn’t sound like the respect due for someone who won 14 games in the regular season and is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in three starts this postseason. That includes the gem Pettitte pitched on Sunday at the Stadium, when he allowed one run over 61/3 innings to help the Yankees clinch the pennant with a 5-2 victory over the Angels in Game 6 of the ALCS.

  19. Vrsce October 31st, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Goose had a good fastball. Now he is just one more geezer living in the past,trying to make everything relate to his ancient history.

  20. randy l. October 31st, 2009 at 9:46 am

    cole hamels has had 5 straight bad starts:

    if there’s ever a game where the yankees should be able to get some runs this one looks like it’s the one.

    of course, now that i say that it makes me nervous because of reverse lock.

  21. Vrsce October 31st, 2009 at 9:48 am

    This is the killshot game. A Yankee win here and the tide will turn.

  22. yankee21 October 31st, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Often quotes are taken out of context especially when viewed from the Post, not exactly a bastion of credibility.

    However, if this is the full quote from Manuel, then clearly this is disrespect, and if I were Joe G, I might find a way somehow for Andy to see this quote, you know hang it somewhere or have someone mention it… whatever..

    Not that Andy needs a lot of extra motivation, but it can’t help to spur him on to focus that much harder.

  23. Evan October 31st, 2009 at 9:51 am

    hamels hasn’t pitched in 10 days. Hope he’s rusty.

  24. yankee21 October 31st, 2009 at 9:51 am


    I thought Hamels was the key guy for PHI coming in, similar to AJ being the key guy for us.

    Hamels when right is a shutdown, ace type pitcher. He changes speeds real well and if he has his control, he figures to give the Yankees fits.

    unfortunately for him, Hamels has been widly inconsistent all year,and has to be frustrating to manuel who was probably counting on him to be the ace.

    Although Pettitte is a gamer, I still don’t like this match up, the Yankees are not hitting well and Hamels is due for a standout game.

    This is one, if I were setting odds in LV, would have to favor PHI.

  25. randy l. October 31st, 2009 at 9:56 am

    “However, if this is the full quote from Manuel, then clearly this is disrespect, and if I were Joe G, I might find a way somehow for Andy to see this quote, you know hang it somewhere or have someone mention it… whatever..”

    he said it during his mlb interviews. i saw it and cringed at the time over the lack of respect.

    manuel strikes me as the kind of guy you love to beat. off camera can you imagine how mouthy and disrespectful he is?

  26. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 31st, 2009 at 10:06 am

    “That’s what happens when a team shows up and shows the home crowd how good they are. This is a very, very tough Philidelphia outfield.”

    And as soon as those words were out of McCarver’s mouth, Molina picked off Jayson Werth.

    I am watching Game 2 over again and am in the 4th inning. I cannot tell you how many times Joe Buck has already mentioned “the quiet Yankee crowd” and “the carryover effect from Game 1.” I know now for sure that I tune them out as white noise for the most part because I am amazed at how much of their nauseating Philidelphia fawning I missed. And believe me, I heard a ton of it first time around. I seriously don’t believe in physical violence but I think I could go and bust Joe Buck in the mouth and not think twice about it. The guy is hideous.

    Anyway, what a game!!! I really wanted to be able to concentrate on the movement in AJ’s pitches. I don’t think there is any way to really catch every nuance if you post during games. At least I can’t. Maybe if I had a blackberry, but certainly not posting with a laptop. That’s why I DVR the games – in case I want to go back and fully enjoy every minute, as opposed to many minutes!


    GO YANKEES! Use your tricks to give us lots of treats!!!

  27. randy l. October 31st, 2009 at 10:07 am

    “Although Pettitte is a gamer, I still don’t like this match up, the Yankees are not hitting well and Hamels is due for a standout game.
    This is one, if I were setting odds in LV, would have to favor PHI.”

    yankee 21-

    i’d be freaking out if a yankee pitcher had five bad starts in a row going into his world series start.

    maybe hamels will snap out of it , but more likely he won’t. it’s kind of like wishing hughes was like he was in the regular season ,but the reality is he hasn’t been so you wonder.

    one player who could really make a difference is alex. he should be able to hit someone like a slumping hamels, but he’s reverted to his guessing and big long swing the past few games.

    so it’s two slumping players coming up against each other. hamels slump is much longer though.

    alex needs to think opposite field and get his short stroke back.

  28. yankee21 October 31st, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I never got the impression really before that quote that Manuel was a guy with a loose mouth.

    He always struck me as being a hitting coach who more or less by happenstance got the gig of a manager.

    Its interesting he was villified by PHIL fans before the last couple of years,,, he couldn’t do anything right.

    Its amazing what talent will do for managerial success.

  29. yankee21 October 31st, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I won’t say anything more about Hamels,, don’t want to be accused of going against my team.

    I still don’t like this match-up though, and really hope I am dead wrong come the results tonight.

    The parts of the equation that concern me is the Yankees hitting funk and BP performance.

    The other piece, Andy pitching competively, not part of the equation I’m worried about.

  30. xyz October 31st, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Getting fired-up about anything Charlie Manuel says is futile (he obviously has the intellect of a special olympian).

    “What you reckon you got in there that’s good to eat? I like me them french fried potaters, mmm-hmmm.”

  31. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 31st, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I am guessing that the combination of McCarver and Buck, and the Philly crowd (whom, I am sure according to them, will be “amazingly alive despite the Game 2 loss – just so different from Yankee Stadium!!!!!”) is going to be virtually unlistenable.

  32. 56Bomber October 31st, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Tonight’s game is huge for Philadelphia. A loss and they likely have to win games 6 and 7 on the road without Lee…given that the odds are that CC beats Blanton in game 4 and Lee beats Gaudin in game 5.

  33. Doreen October 31st, 2009 at 10:23 am

    yankees21 -

    I know how you feel – Hamels has not been the Hamels of last season, but you think, does he have one good game left in him? Will that game be tonight?

    But Andy already had his bad game this post-season – the one in Anaheim where he didn’t hold the lead. (That’s how I’m thinking of it, anyway). So, Andy will be Andy.

    The Phillies sure are a talkative bunch, aren’t they? I swear I have never heard a Yankees player or coach go so far out of their way to sound, for lack of a better word, disrespectful, toward their opponent. If anything, they bend over backwards to give credit whenever possible.

    So, it should be a fine time in Philly tonight. :)

  34. randy l. October 31st, 2009 at 10:28 am

    .”I won’t say anything more about Hamels,, don’t want to be accused of going against my team.”

    yankee 21-

    on the contrary,i liked hearing your thoughts on hamels.

    i don’t have the time to follow every team and really don’t know the philly’s team that well. watching them play is a crash course in who they are.

    i was just surprised to see how mediocre hamels has been. he has really high pitch counts so the yankees really need to work on that. get in to the bullpen early when there’s three games in a row and it’s like body punching in a heavyweight fight.

    eventually the phil’s bullpen could be worn down for a key moment or inning. in the same way it’s important for andy to pitch deep into the game. on paper i see an edge for the yankees in the match up because pettitte has a better chance to go deeper into the game.

    manuel gave away his team’s hitting strategy against pettitte when he said he has lost his good stuff because of age and has to live on the corners. manuel said the phillies needed to be selective and not swing at balls off the plate.

    this sounds like they will be taking some close pitches. what i’d do as a catcher is to stick a few pitches up and in to give them something else to think about or maybe a cutter at their ankles to make them move their feet .

    anything to tick them off and keep them aggressive. when they’re like that they won’t be patiently taking pitches as manuel wants them to do.

    in short, i’d tick them off. it’s hard to be ticked off and patient at the same time. if posada and pettitte don’t want to play nasty head games like i would, simply throwing first pitch strikes wold probably work too to make being patient a penalty :)

  35. Doreen October 31st, 2009 at 10:28 am

    During the season, I make it a habit to not watch any of the Yankees games on Fox. Obviously, it can’t be done now, it’s the World Series!!

    The mute button didn’t work. I might try getting CBS on my laptop (as I said, I can’t figure out how to get AM radio on the audio/video system I have set up at home – how silly is that??).

    Is it really too much to ask for a more impartial broadcast of the World Series? McCarver played for the Phillies, and clearly doesn’t like the Yankees. Buck? Doesn’t seem to like the Yankees, either. I mean, they give credit when they must, but go way overboard for the other team, whatever the other team is. I just want even-handedness. Call a spade a spade – for both teams – yay or nay. But it seems to be as futile as hoping that instant replay (which I used to be against, but once the umpire said “I felt in my heart” that was that for me!) will get more use, at least in the playoffs.

    Ah, well.

    I want to be happy and positive for tonight. So that’s the last rant. :lol:

  36. Frank from Chatham, NJ October 31st, 2009 at 10:33 am


    As much as we WANT to believe that YS is a “26th man,” according to all of the articles that I have read, it’s just not the case.

    McCarver went to Philly U. as a “caddie” and where Buck gets it from, I haven’t a clue. Both are not pro Yankee for sure!

    Nonetheless, YS has been too “corporate, too staid” for all of us to admit.

    Maybe this will change if there’s a game 6 &/or 7.

  37. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 31st, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Doreen, think back to the call in bottom of the 7th, when the Yankee rally was quelled when the first-base ump didn’t see that the ball bounced. The Yankees were poised at that point to break it open. McCarver and Buck acknowledged that the call was blown and FOX cut to commercial. At the top of the 8th, when the ump got the second part of the DP wrong and the Yankees got out of the inning, they were inconsolable. They were still carrying on about in into the top of the 9th!

    Frank, I haven’t been to the Stadium so don’t know about crowd noise. I do know that when your team is losing 6-1 on a freezing cold and rainy night it might be hard to muster up energy to cheer. I also know that any time the crowd started to get noisy in the 2nd game (I know because I am watching it know, Buck was totally derisive in mentioning it. I think the quote was something to the effect of “And at 9:10, the crowd at Yankee Stadium came alive.”

    I thought they sounded pretty noisy. But I wasn’t there. They’re certinaly noisy in the 7th, going crazy over AJ’s Ks!!!!!)


  38. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 31st, 2009 at 10:47 am

    That is, I haven’t been during this world series. I am still thinking about changing that…

  39. Doreen October 31st, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Trisha -

    Yes, not being at the stadium, I feel like I can’t comment on the crowd noise overall. But on television, at least, the crowd seems very “into” the game and animated. The players seem to have no problem with it. And in key situations, they do seem to get loud enough.

    It’s hard to be loud in a game when it is obvious the other pitcher is not going to be easy prey.

    My only complaint about the Yankee Stadium crowd is the same one I had when they were at the old Stadium – they wait for the action to start before really getting loud, instead of anticipatory loudness, if you know what I mean. :)

    But the reaction of Buck/McCarver to the two double-play scenarios was illuminating, to say the least. :)

  40. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 31st, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I do know what you mean. But isn’t that just New York? :)

    I have to tell you that just about the opposite happens at fenway, and I goof on it all the time. A base hit sounds like the’ve won the world series and everything that looks like a possible home run is grounds for delerium…until it’s caught. I actually think they sound goofy!

  41. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 31st, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I guess I’ll stop pretending I have nothing to do but watch baseball and get into a little action with my house!

    Talk to you later.


  42. GiantsCauseway October 31st, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Hamels is as likely to shut down the Yankees as any starter. How many did they knock out of the game early this season? Very few. The Yanks do their damage against relievers, Andy better be on his game.
    I can’t stand the FOX Broadcasts. Isn’t there anyone who played since the 60′s that can do color? Mc Carver has such a man-crush on Pedro it’s sickening. Joe Buck would be digging ditches if his dad wasn’t a legend. The WCBS feed is out of sync with the TV, gives you a headache.

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