Boston manager Williams takes off TV microphone
Posted: Friday October 15, 1999 07:21 AM
Say what? If you'd like to hear Jimy Williams' conversations in the dugout, you'll have to get on Boston's roster. AP
NEW YORK (AP) -- The up-close sounds of the game turned into the sounds of silence for Boston Red Sox manager Jimy Williams.
Williams was wired for sound by Fox Television during Wednesday night's first game of the AL Championship Series, won by the New York Yankees 4-3 in 10 innings. He said he wouldn't do it again after a discussion on strategy was broadcast.
"I can't do it anymore," Williams said before Thursday night's second game. "I just don't feel right."
He said he understands the value of bringing baseball closer to fans by broadcasting discussions.
"They're just trying to put people who have never been in the dugout, will never be in a dugout, give them an opportunity to see maybe what happens a little bit," he said. "I have a respect for them for that.
"I don't necessarily like to do that and I won't do that again."
When Mariano Rivera entered Game 1 to start the ninth inning, Williams asked coach Dave Jauss the prospects of stealing a base on the reliever. The agreement with Fox, he said, precludes broadcasting conversations about strategy.
Michael Weisman, Fox's executive producer for baseball, said Williams and Jauss discussed that strategy if leadoff hitter Jason Varitek reached base. After Varitek grounded out, the conversation was broadcast, Weisman said.
"I don't know when they played it," Williams said. "I wasn't watching TV."
"I spoke to Jimy about it and he has no problem," Weisman said. "The information about Rivera's move to the plate, anybody in the stands can time it."
He also said Williams had an on-off switch "and, believe me, he turned it off throughout the game."
And, it seems, until further notice.
There were some raised eyebrows when Boston reliever Rich Garces left Wednesday's game after two hitless innings.
On Thursday, it became clear why. His arm was bothering him.
"He couldn't go back out there the next inning," Williams said.
Garces had been one of the Red Sox most effective relievers, posting a 1.55 ERA and 5-1 record in 30 games this season. On Wednesday night, he left after the sixth inning with Boston ahead 3-2.
Derek Lowe relieved him and gave up the tying run in the seventh. In the 10th, Rod Beck's second pitch was hit by Bernie Williams for the winning homer.
Garces' arm is "maybe a little tired. He'll be OK in a couple of days," Williams said.
Mariano the magnificent
Nearly three months ago, Rivera allowed a run.
Since that game against Tampa Bay on July 21, the Yankees closer has pitched 35 2-3 innings in 31 games without letting an opponent cross the plate. Rivera pitched two scoreless innings Wednesday night, allowing one hit and picking up the victory.
"I've had a number of successful closers who have pitched for me" including John Wetteland, Lee Smith and Tom Henke, New York manager Joe Torre said. "He has been consistent as any closer I've ever seen.
"I have not seen anything like it and hope I continue to say that."
Torre was concerned about his other relievers who have gotten little work in the playoffs because of the success of the starters.
In the first four games, Orlando Hernandez went eight innings twice, Andy Pettitte pitched 7 1-3 innings and Roger Clemens went seven.
As a result, Ramiro Mendoza, Mike Stanton, Hideki Irabu and Allen Watson didn't pitch in the three-game sweep over Texas or in Game 1 against Boston.
"That's a problem because you don't know how sharp they're going to be," Torre said. ---
Scott Brosius, MVP of last year's World Series, struggled through a difficult season because of the illness of his father, Maury, who died of colon cancer.
He has managed to separate the personal and professional parts of his life and had three hits -- a home run, triple and single -- in Game 1.
"I don't know if it's going to affect me or not as far as playing here," said Brosius, who is from Oregon. "Certainly I think when this whole thing is said and done and I get home, I think that is when it will really affect me. But this time of year, I am supposed to be away. I am out playing baseball. I am not supposed to be at home, so some of those things I can kind of keep where they are until I go home to face them."
Brosius, missing only a double for the first hitter's cycle in postseason history, admitted it crossed his mind.
"I knew I had a chance because I got the triple out of the way and I don't get too many of those," he said.
In his last at-bat, however, he struck out.
On a roll
The Yankees took an 11-game postseason winning streak into Thursday night's second game against Boston.
New York swept the last three games of last year's AL Championship Series against Cleveland and four straight in the World Series against San Diego. Then there were three straight over Texas in the division playoff and the 4-3 victory in Game 1 against the Red Sox.
The streak is one short of the record 12 straight set by the Yankees with sweeps of the 1927, 1928 and 1932 World Series.
The windup and the pitch
Dom DiMaggio and Carlton Fisk will throw out the first balls for Games 3 and 4 at Fenway Park on Saturday and Sunday night.
DiMaggio, brother of late Yankees great Joe DiMaggio, was an outfielder for the Red Sox from 1940-42 and 1946-53. Fisk is best known for his homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series that gave Boston a 7-6 victory in 12 innings over Cincinnati. As the ball sailed toward the left-field foul pole, Fisk waved in the direction of fair territory.
The Red Sox lost the World Series with a 4-3 defeat in Game 7.
Back to work
Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch was in the starting lineup for Game 2 after X-rays on his right foot were negative. Knoblauch was checked after hitting a ball off his right foot in the ninth inning of the opener.
"When I came in [Thursday] he was laying on the table next to [Paul] O'Neill. They were both in the lineup, but it was never a question," Torre said. Yankees trainer Gene Monahan "just felt it was a bruise, especially after getting the X-rays back."
Sign of the times
A banner hanging from the upper deck Thursday night read: "Babe's Curse is Y2K Compliant." The Red Sox last won the World Series in 1918 with Babe Ruth. They traded him to the Yankees in 1920.
Notes: New York's Game 3 pitcher Roger Clemens left for Boston before Game 2. He's scheduled to pitch Saturday at Fenway Park against Pedro Martinez. ... The National Anthem in Game 3 will be performed by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Seiji Ozawa and former Boston Pops conductor John Williams. ... The anthem for Game 4 will be sung by Lynn Saberhagen. Her husband, Bret Saberhagen, is scheduled to start that game for Boston.
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