Wednesday in New York
Wednesday, August 10, 2005, 10:52 am ET
Sorry not to post yesterday. It was very busy on several fronts.
Pods, LF … Ozuna, 2B … Everett, DH … Konerko, 1B … Rowand, CF … Dye, RF … Blum, 3B … Widger, C … Uribe, SS … Garcia, RHP.
Pods in SI
A nice feature in this week’s Sports Illustrated on Scott Podsednik. It focuses more on how much study he puts into his technique and stealing bases. Pick it up. Several features and covers in Sports Weekly are coming.
Aaron certainly has garnered some well-deserved attention for his defensive play this series. "When I play them one way, they hit it the other," he laughed. Some thought he might need a time out to catch his breath. One joke was that on a pop up on the infield last night, everyone was waiting for Rowand to come in and call it.
The Japanese media contingent was probably double what it usually is here in New York. Nearly every Yankee game is televised in Japan, so Tadahito said he was very happy to have homered last night. "The pitch was outside and I just tried to take it to right field," he said through an interpreter. "It just happened to go out. It was nice to homer because this game was shown back in Japan, but it was nicer to win."
An 18-year-old, acting on a dare, jumped off the upper deck last night and landed, stunned, on the net behind home plate. His jump took place during game action and left the press box speechless (which is tough to do). Other than having several unresolved issues with the authorities, it appeared he was all right. Stupid, though. Good thing the net held or innocent people could have been hurt by his 40-foot fall.
Several Sox players and coaches made sure to visit the monuments beyond left center before the first two games of this series. Paul Konerko sent a missile in that direction last night to give us the winning margin, 2-1. To think those monuments used to be in play. They are a long way from home plate.
We are turning back the clock after the game today. Ed Cassin, out terrific manager of team travel, has arranged for our own train to take us from New York to Boston. The 3 1/2-hour trip, just like they travelled in the "old days," should be very cool.
And Freddy Garcia. I like our chances.