"He said that?" Williams replied.
It was Sheppard, working his 18th World Series, who opened the Fall Classic with a get-well prayer for New York great Joe DiMaggio, just shy of his 84th birthday and hospitalized after a long bout with pneumonia. News of DiMaggio's illness broke in New York on Friday, the same day Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry left a New York hospital after undergoing surgery on a cancerous colon, and two days before the six children of the late Yankee Roger Maris took part in a pre-game ceremony.
No such pathos figured to be evident when the Series relocated on Tuesday to San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, a shrine to telecommunications and not to dead Padres, the greatest of whom was Eric Show, a drug casualty whose pitching and politics were right-wing. It loomed as strictly a business trip for the 123-50 Yankees, purveyors of history. While there, none of them were expected to tour the Chargers' locker room, the potted palms over the outfield wall or the fish taco stand.