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- Watch game 3 from the Stadium:
The Yankees announced on Sunday that they will open the Stadium Field Level and Great Hall to the public to watch the Yankees face the Angels in Anaheim as New York tries to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the ALCS.
“We wanted to provide a place for our fans to come together to cheer for our team, even if the game itself is taking place across the country,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a news release. “This is a way of saying ‘Thank you’ for their continued support.”
Turnstiles between Gates 4 and 6 will open at 3:30 p.m. ET for the 4:13 p.m. game — broadcast on FOX — and fans can watch it in the Great Hall or in the open sections of the Field Level. Food and concession stands, as well as NYY Steak and Hard Rock Café, will be open and available to fans.
- MLB.com has their own preview of game 3.
- Donnie Baseball wants a shot at managing:
Don Mattingly says he’s ready to be a manager. He has spent a lot of time learning under Joe Torre, and Mattingly feels he’ll not only interview for jobs but would strongly consider taking one if offered.
. . . Mattingly again appears to be the heir apparent to Torre, who says he will manage the Dodgers through next year, the final year of his contract.
Under normal circumstances, there would be a natural transition to Mattingly, but all bets seem to be off because of what could be a lingering and bitter divorce between team owners Frank and Jamie McCourt.
Asked if he would entertain job offers outside Los Angeles, Mattingly said, “Oh yeah, no question. It’s not something I really want to deal with at this time because my focus is here on the team right now. But there’s no question I want to manage. I hope it happens sooner rather than later, but the more you’re around this game as a coach, I feel, the more you learn.’’
Mattingly, 48, is expected to draw the interest of the Indians and perhaps Astros.
[My take: Has Mattingly’s home life settled down enough to devote his energies to the responsibilities of being a major league manager?]
- Tyler Kepner opines . . . we’ve got a peaceful, easy A-Rod:
. . . In the 12th inning of Game 2, after his game-tying homer off an 0-2 fastball from Fuentes the inning before, Rodriguez watched intently as Mark Teixeira worked the count with two on and two out. When Teixeira took ball three, Rodriguez slammed the knob of his bat to the mud in front of the on-deck circle, shaking loose the weighted doughnut from the barrel.
He was a caged predator, clawing at the inside of the gate. Teixeira was still batting, but Rodriguez was ready. When ball four sailed outside, Rodriguez stalked to the box. That he flied out was almost irrelevant. He had relished the chance for glory, embracing it instead of shrinking away. A hitter of his talent with the right mind-set is an overwhelming weapon.
The brain has always been the issue with Rodriguez. With a cadre of image consultants, gofers and gurus, he always seemed to complicate things. It is how he differs most from Derek Jeter, the Yankees’ captain and his former buddy, whose uncluttered mind helps him thrive.
. . . So what has changed? Rodriguez has caused fewer distractions for himself by limiting his availability to the news media and paring his stable of lackeys. But other questions are hard to answer.
Did admitting his use of steroids — and privately speaking out against steroids to school groups — unburden his psyche? Has his girlfriend, the actress Kate Hudson, stabilized his life off the field? Did the serious hip surgery truly scale back his personal expectations, as he has said?
- Sandy Alomar Sr. turns 66 today. Alomar was the starting 2B for the ’75 squad, before losing his job to the subsequently-acquired Willie Randolph.
- On this date in 1946, the Yankees acquire pitcher Allie Reynolds from the Cleveland Indians for former American League MVP Joe Gordon and third baseman Eddie Bockman. Reynolds had struggled with Cleveland, losing 15 of 16 decisions during the season. Reynolds will reverse his fortunes in 1947, winning 19 games for the World Series champion Yankees.
- On this date in 1987, Billy Martin is named manager of the Yankees for a fifth time, replacing Lou Piniella. Piniella led the Yankees to an 89-73 record in 1987, fourth in the AL East.