There is a lot of prestige, legend, lore and dramatic music on FOX surrounding the Fall Classic every year. There are also super long pre-game and inter-game festivities.
None of the last five World Series has gone beyond a fifth game. I need that to change. The best part about post-season baseball is a Game 7. I get nervous at home, in my chair. Even when I have no rooting interest, I still fidget and shift around like my life is on the line.
I canât imagine what it must be like for the players. Sitting in the locker room before the game, stretching, taking BP, throwing, going over scouting reports, getting ready, I can see how having been there before would really help. Thatâs good news for the defending champ Philadelphia Phillies. But many of the New York Yankees have been there, too. Not among them is Alex Rodriguez, who has never been in the World Series, neither has Mark Teixeira or CC Sabathia.
The Yankee Locker Room â Before Game 1
A-Rod wears an oversized New York Yankees 1999 World Champions jacket. CC clutches his baseball glove in his right arm, like a child with a teddy bear, and holds six baseballs in his massive left hand. Teixeira sucks on a water bottle and rocks in place, a bat propped up in the bend of his elbow.
A-Rod, Teixeira, and CC ask Jeter questions about what it was like to win the World Series four times nearly a decade ago.
Teixeira: How do you hit in the clutch?
A-Rod: How do I get people to like me?
Jeter: Dive into the stands for a ball and bloody your face. Or intercept a bad relay throw, flip it to Jorge and hope that Jeremy Giambi doesnât slide.
Jeter: You have to be natural about it. You donât want âAnything is possible!â and Two-handed up-top Wayneâs World high fives arenât going to do it either. Also, Papelbon dancing should get you beat up.
CC: Hey Captain, if I hit somebody with 98 miles per hour of my awesomeness and he charges the mound, will you have my back?
Jeter: No, your fight is your own. I donât have any fights.
A-Rod: When we had Kyle Farnsworth, I would just try to get behind him.
Posada: You won that when you didnât play and your team beat us. Why are you showing it to us?
Burnett: âCause I have one just like you guys!
Posada: You can have Molina.
Then Posada stands up and punches Burnett. He sees Damon and Hinske with their Red Sox rings and he starts marching over to them, obviously angry. Before he can get there, however, Damon and Hinske take off â or Hinske tries to, but he is stuck on the bench. Posada chases Damon but his catcher knees canât quite get him there. Damon tries to throw a baseball at Posada, but it only makes it half way to him. Damon leaves and Posada returns to his coffee and newspaper.
The three seated around Jeterâs rocking chair are all startled when Nick Swisher bursts in the locker room, cranks up some heavy metal and starts towel snapping people.
Rivera leans over to Pettitte and whispers.
Rivera: I canât believe this is the guy Joe Buck thinks has changed the culture of our locker room.
Meanwhile, in the Phillies locker room everyone is loose. Almost.
Shane Victorino is throwing darts at a Russell Martin poster.
Raul Ibanez is on his 1,273rd push up.
Pedro Martinez is on the phone with his daddy in the other locker room.
Carlos Ruiz, in full catcherâs gear, is watching Cole Hamels hang out with his wife.
Cliff Lee wakes Lidge up to challenge Utley and Werth in throwing cards into a batting helmet.
Utley hands Lidge a stack of Albert Pujols baseball cards to use. Lidge sees them and goes into a catatonic state. Heâs listed as day-to-day.
Lee beats Utley and Werth by himself and then goes out and pitches a brilliant game in which there was no evidence that he broke a sweat or had his heartbeat rise above 70 beats per minute. Kid has alligator blood.
The item of the week is this 2009 World Series Dueling Rosters Tee by Majestic. It commemorates.