The World Series takes a break now as the teams will work out in Philadelphia on Friday. A few leftovers from Game 2:
• Pedro Martinez was in rare form after the game talking about the fans at Yankee Stadium. “I know they really want to root for me. It’s just that I don’t root for the Yankees, that’s all,” he said. “I’ve always been a good competitor and they love that. The love the fact I compete. I’m a New Yorker as well. If I was on the Yankees, I’d probably be like a king over here.”
• Pedro had thrown 17 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason before Mark Teixeira’s home run in the fourth inning.
• The paranoid Yankees actually used their army of security people to deny postgame access to the concourse that runs between the two clubhouses. The reason? George Steinbrenner was being whisked out of the building on a golf cart.
Security actually forced people into rooms and closed the doors so they could not see Steinbrenner go by. They also locked the door of a stairwell, trapping dozens of media members for 10 minutes after the game.
I realize Steinbrenner is sick — apparently more so than believed based on this — but it’s dangerous to lock people into a crowded stairwell. MLB needs to prevent the Yankees from acting this way. Isn’t locking the exits to a public building illegal?
• Alex Rodriguez has four three-strikeout games this season, three of them against Philadelphia. He is 0 for 8 in the series with six strikeouts. According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, Rodriguez is the first position player with consecutive three-strikeout games in the World Series. The last hitter to do that was Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg in 1967.
• The Phillies had their eighth inning rally snuffed out on a double play that wasn’t as Chase Utley looked safe at first. “I’m not saying nothing about the umpiring,” Charlie Manuel said. “I’m just saying he was safe. That’s all I’ll tell you.”
And that’s all we’ll be posting for now. Thanks for reading.