NEW YORK -- The fabulous Phillies were unfazed by their Game 2 defeat that left the World Series even. This team does not lack confidence. Star shortstop
Someone else in their clubhouse pointed out that they've lost Game 2 of almost every series they've won, which is true, including World Series Game 2 last year (they won that series in five). There was no panic inside their room, no complaint about the umpires who had an off night again. This is how a great should carry itself.
Rollins said he only makes his predictions when he "feels good about it," and he apparently continues to feel good. His calls have been uncannily good over the years, but he wouldn't say whether he believes he has ESP. ("My mother says my grandmother has it," he did say.)
The Phillies had more than enough going for them to think they never should have been 2-1 underdogs, and still do, including the option to use resourceful
• At least one more appearance for Phillies ace
• There is talk in the Yankees' clubhouse now they may have to use journeyman
• The Yankees appear now to have little faith in their bridge to
• Although they won Game 2, the Yankees are showing small signs of desperation, as Girardi went back to the book play and started
Beyond his wide array of pitches, Pedro obviously has the power of persuasion, too. He talked Phillies manager
Martinez said he hasn't felt quite as strong as usual the past couple days, that he hasn't been eating right, or sleeping much. "But I felt good enough to make pitches, and that's what I told him," Pedro said.
One of Pedro's most famous moments came in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, when he talked
Only four teams showed even semi-serious interest in Pedro when he was plotting his comeback this summer: the Rangers, Rays and Cubs in addition to the Phillies.
The Brewers were another team that considered going to Pedro's showcase workout. But the Brewers' scout was put off by Martinez's tardiness, so he left without seeing him pitch. If you want someone to be on time, Pedro's not for you. If you want someone to pitch his butt off, then he's the one.
Good for the Phillies for recognizing what's important. Their scouting seems to be a cut above.
Maybe more teams will join the fray next year, though Pedro suggested this could be it. Asked whether he might retire, Pedro said, "If we win the World Series, I'd suggest you fly to the Dominican and come and ask me. If we don't win it, I'll probably give it another shot."
The guess here is he'll come back. And the guess also is that more teams will show interest in one of the greatest and most cunning pitchers ever.
The Phillies' strategy against
The truth is, you never know what you're going to get with Burnett. But Rollins summed up Burnett's performance with one word: "Great." He threw 45 curveballs out of 109 pitches, and the Phillies looked bad on many of them. "His curveball command was (bleeping) outstanding," one scout said.
Burnett was superb, but he wasn't quite as great as his Arkansas neighbor Cliff Lee was the game before. "They live 15 minutes apart," said agent
Word is, the Red Sox are willing to offer close to $60 million for four years for outfield star
The Red Sox absolutely need to get a hitter or two, just to keep up with the Yankees, and Bay and
Urbon also denied rumors that what he called "regionality" will play a role in where Bay lands. It's been suggested that San Francisco or Seattle might have an inside track because of where he lives. But Urbon said, "The reality is that (Bay) is from Canada ... that would leave him with one team." Urbon also noted, "He lives in the Pacific Northwest, but he's played most of his minor-league and major-league career on the East Coast."
It's rare for a star player to sign with his old team within the 15-day window. But a Red Sox person also sounded hopeful something could be done. "He loves it here," that Red Sox official said.
• The Mets are hiring well-respected ex-Diamondbacks third base coach
• Manuel mentioned that he thought
• Phil Hughes said he regrets shouting at the home-plate umpire on his way of the mound in Game 1. "I definitely regret it. It was probably just the emotions of the moment," Hughes said. "I was upset about the situation. The (pitches) probably weren't as close as I thought."
• Congrats to Jeter, whose charity work with his Turn 2 Foundation enabled him to win the Roberto Clemente award.