That’s Casey Stengel, back in his days as a Brooklyn Dodger. I love the picture, and thought well enough to throw it up here on this Subway Series weekend. You have to figure his spirit is present in these games. Casey’s career trajectory, from Yankees to Mets, has been reversed by Joe Torre, who recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as a big-league skipper. Both men managed some titanically awful Mets teams. The Mets don’t stink these days, however—nevermind the recent slide—and the Yanks learned that the hard way last night, despite a fine pitching performance from Roger Clemens. He went 6.1, struck out 8, walked just 1, and allowed but 2 runs. This was not enough to overcome Oliver Perez, who put on a masterful exhibition, repeatedly striking his way out of trouble over 7.1. For one night, at least, Jose Reyes won the Battle of the NY Shortstops, going 3-3 with a homer, 2 rbi, and 3 sb. Derek was 2-4—not shabby either—and might have scored a run or two had Bobby, Alex, and Jorge done a bit better than 1-11 with 4 ks.
In other news, expect to be hearing quite a bit about Lou Piniella’s interview with Deborah Solomon in the NYT Sunday Magazine. Let’s just say Lou won’t be getting any invitations to speak at NOW in the near future, and he can forget about dinner at the Waldmans:
Solomon: Do you think a woman could be a good manager?
Sweet Lou: If she had a good bench coach, why not? I would think she would need a good hardened professional baseball guy that would help her with the x’s and o’s during the ballgame. Someone who knew the intricacies in and out of the game.
Solomon: Plenty of women already know the intricacies of the game.
Sweet Lou: I’m not sure of that. I think some of the sportswriter women probably think they do.
Also, he snubs Joe, continues to pine for Alex, and likes to read the Bible. Elsewhere, the NYT, as a gift to subscribers, stuck a team photo of the 1996 Yankees in with the paper this morning, why I’m not sure. On the back of the thing, it lists individual honors. The Yankee All-Stars: Boggs, Pettitte, Wetteland. WS MVP: Wetteland. Funny, though, they seem to have forgotten a big one. I seem to recall a certain shortstop from that team winning Rookie of the Year…..