The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 14, 1996 · Page 7
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MONDAY OCt6§i« 14, 1^96 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports PRO FOOTBALL / B3 GOLF / B4 CLASSIFIEDS/ B5 B V COMMENT V BASEBALL PLAYOFFS DAVE ANDERSON The New York Times Manager Torre gets his own hot fridge sundae BALTIMORE — In other years with other teams, Joe Torre seldom watched the World Series on television. "To me," he was saying, "it was like watching somebody else eat a hot fudge sundae." But at age 52, Joe Torre finally has his own hot fudge sundae. As the New York Yankee manager, he's in the World Series for the first time since the Milwaukee Braves signed him in 1960 off the Brooklyn sandlots where he grew up assuming the Series would always be part of his life because it always had been. When he was a teen-age Giants fan in the 50s, the Dodgers and the Giants were often in it, and the Yankees almost always were in it. And when his brother Frank was a Milwaukee Braves first baseman, he went to the 1957 and 1958 World Series games at Yankee Stadium. He even had a World Series ring, a gift from Frank after the '58 Series that the Braves lost. TORRE Before the ring was stolen in 1971 "from his New York hotel room, •Joe had worn that ring for several years in his early seasons with the Braves and Cardinals. • "But he stopped wearing it," said Frank Torre, who has been waiting for nearly 10 weeks for a heart transplant in Columbia- Presbyterian Medical Center. ""Pjeople would see it and ask him if-that was his World Series ring and he had to tell them it wasn't." '.. As a catcher, first baseman and ijiird baseman for 18 seasons with the Braves, Cardinals and Mets and as^manager 1 of those three teams later on, Joe Torre learned how elu- islyethe World Series can be. ;''• "In '73, the Mets beat us out by winning on the day after the season ended," he said of a Cardinal team for whom he played first base. "In "74 we sat around the hotel lobby in Montreal waiting to see if the Cubs beat the Pirates. If they did, we'd stay in Montreal tp play the Expos the next day, but the Pirates won. When I was traded to the Cardinals in '69,1 thought the Series was a given because they'd been in it the year before, but "69 was the year of tira magical Mets." ^ As the Braves' manager in 1982, his team won the Western Divi- ;sion but it was quickly eliminated by the Cardinals. > When the World Series starts Saturday night in Yankee Stadium, Joe Torre has the American League's best team. And more .than any other person, he is the reason why. On a franchise that -has too often been torn apart by George Steinbrenner's storms that sunk other managers, this Yankee manager steered the ship calmly and correctly. In the wild, animals smell fear in humans and attack. With other managers, Steinbrenner has smelled fear and attacked. But there's no fear in Joe Torre for the principal owner to smell. "I don't manage to see if I'm going to work next year," he has said. "If you've been fired, as I've been, you realize it doesn't mean you can't do the job." . Doing the job. As an All-Star player, Joe Torre did the job. In .his best year, 1971, he was the National League's most valuable player with the Cardinals. In any sport, gqod players seldom make good managers or coaches because they usually don't relate to players with lesser talents. But he's the exception lhat proves the rule. He understands that players need to "put up numbers" to insure their multi-million dollar contracts, but his players accepted his belief that the only number that counts is victories. "I've never been on a club," he has said, "where I haven't had one guy complain about where he's hitting. I never ask people to agree with what I do. Just accept that it's my job to do it." His players, old and young, have accepted that because, as a player himself for all those years, he hasn't forgotten that players are human beings. Yankees AL champs New York ousts Orioles, reaches World Series for first time since 1981 By The Associated Press BALTIMORE —Absent for 15 years, the Yankees are returning to what was once their traditional October stage. Powered by a three-homer third inning and eight strong innings from Andy Pettitte, New York won its 34th American League pennant Sunday with a 64 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees took the ALCS 4-1 and head to the World Series for the first time since 1981. "I can't tell you what this feels like," New York manager Joe Torre said. "It's indescribable." New York closed out the best- of-7 series with a dominating tft K performance ALCS: GAME 5 reminiscent of New York 6^ the great Yan- J" kees teams of the 1950s and Baltimore 60s featuring DiMaggio, Berra, Ford, Mantle and Maris. This group, with names like Jeter, Williams, Pettitte, Fielder and Strawberry, will get a chance to make their own mark in the franchise's storied history when the World Series opens Saturday night at Yankee Stadium. When Cal Ripken grounded out for the final out, the Yankees celebrated in a mob scene in the middle of the infield at Camden Yards where they went 9-0 this season. Bernie Williams hit .474 (9-for- 19) with two homers and six RBIs and was named MVP of the series. The center fielder, along with rookie shortstop Derek Jeter, carried the Yankees offensively through the first three games of the series before New York's power hitters came around. "I just feel very good right now," Williams said. "I have no words to describe it. I was just trying to be myself." The Yankees outslugged the Orioles, who set a major league record with 257 homers during the regular season. New York hit four homers in Game 4 and three more in Game 5. The Orioles, meanwhile, ended their season in a miserable offen- . sive funk. Baltimore was 5-for-31 with runners in scoring position in the series, including O-for-14 with two outs. Right fielder Bobby Bonilla fin- The Associated Press New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte holds his hand high as the Yankees celebrate after winning Game 5 of the American League Championship Series Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. 4 Series notes /Page B4 ished the series l-for-20 and the Orioles hit just nine home runs. Pettitte allowed only two hits — both to Todd Zeile — through the first seven innings before Eddie Murray opened the eighth with a homer to make it 6-2. But Pettitte, who allowed three hits, finished the inning and John Wetteland, the AL saves leader, pitched the ninth, allowing a two- out, two-run homer to Bonilla. With Sunday's win, the Yankees finished the year 14-4 against the Orioles. New York, which turned back a late-season charge by Baltimore to win the AL East, is only the second team to sweep a team on the road in a league championship. New York hit three home runs, including consecutive shots by Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry. Jim Leyritz opened the third with an opposite-field home run to right, and Jeter and Wade Boggs hit one-out singles. Erickson' looked like he might get out of the inning when Williams hit a slow grounder to second. But second baseman Roberto Alomar, anticipating a double play, came up early on the ball and let it go through his legs as Jeter scored from second. "They played better than we did and they deserve to be American League champions," Orioles manager Davey Johnson said. Cardinals pad series lead to 3-1 Young's triple keys rally, Jordan's homer breaks tie as St. Louis prevails By The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Nobody was more excited to see Brian Jordan hit the home run that beat the Atlanta Braves than his 2-year-old son. He fainted. Bryson Jordan briefly passed out in the St. Louis Cardinals' family room beneath Busch Stadium during the celebration after his dad connected for a tiebreak-; ing shot in the eighth inning Sun< day night. The little boy was taken to a hospital as a precaution but was expected to be fine. Whether the Braves will re- .• « cover, however, NUJ8:8AMI4 is uncertain. Atlanta 3 With the 4-3 win, the Cardi- St Louis nals moved within one win of the, World Series, taking a 3-1 lead over the defending champion Braves in the NL championship series. "I was so excited, so pumped up," Jordan said right after the game, before he learned about his son's fainting spell. "This is a game that belonged to the young kids." 1 Jordan was referring to 23-year-, old rookie Dmitri Young, whose two-run triple in the seventh keyed a three-run rally that tied it at 3. The Cardinals get their chance to knock out the Braves tonight at Busch Stadium. Todd Stottlemyre starts Game 5 for St. Louis against John Smoltz, with both pitchers having already earned wins in the series. "We've had some wins this year where it was a tremendous feeling," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "But because of the circumstances, you've got to put this at the top of the list." The Cardinals won then: ninth straight postseason game at home, breaking loose after being shut out on one single for six innings by Denny Neagle. "It's not deflating. It's frustrating," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "But with Smoltz, (Greg) Maddux and (Tom) Glavine, we're still in a good position." Well, maybe. Of the 47 teams that have taken 3-1 leads in baseball postseason series, 40 have gone on to win. Only one team ever has twice blown 3-1 leads — the Cardinals, in the 1968 and 1985 World Series. See CARDINALS, Page B4 T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Detmer leads depleted Buffs Colorado overcomes absence of suspended players to stop OSU By The Associated Press BOULDER, Colo. — Despite having nine players sit out the game because of suspensions for misusing university long-distance telephone access codes, Colorado dialed up a convincing win and answered some questions about itself. Koy Detmer passed for 402 yards and three first-half touchdowns, and safety Din JO Steve Rosga re- MuiiufaHi turned an in- IHHinpyp terception 100 yards as the No. 9 Buffaloes beat Oklahoma State 35-13 Saturday night. After managing only 70 and 91 yards rushing in their two previous games, the Buffs ran for 141 yards. After committing an average of 12 penalties in their first four games, the Buffs were whistled only four times. Colorado generated 543 total yards and appeared to be, as Detmer noted, "right on the verge of breaking out," which is a scary prospect for future opponents. "I saw improvement in some areas, and tKat's something to build on as we get ready for Kansas next week," Buffs coach Rick Neuheisel said. "There were a lot of mistakes that if we could eliminate we could really light up the Scoreboard." The Buffs (4-1 overall, 2-0 in the Big 12) posted their 12th straight victory following a bye week and their eighth straight win in night games. Detmer threw for 271 yards in the first half— the fourth-best performance in school history — and The Top Twenty Five teams In The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes In parentheses, records through Oct. 12, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and last week's ranking: Record Pts Pv I.Florida (54) 6-0 1,659 1 2. Ohio State (7) 5-0 1,578 2 3. Florida State (5) 5-0 1,575 3 4. Arizona State (1) 6-0 1,472 4 S.Nebraska 4-1 1,406 5 6. Tennessee 4-1 1,319 7 7. Alabama 6-0 1,146 8 8. Notre Dame 4-1 1,126 11 9. Colorado 4-1 1,118 9 10. Penn State 6-1 1,093 10 11. North Carolina 5-1 1,018 13 12. Miami 4-1 927 6 13. Michigan 4-1 899 14 14. Northwestern 5-1 798 15 15. West Virginia 6-0 731 17 16. Auburn 5-1 590 18 17. Louisiana State 4-1 514 12 18. Brigham Young 6-1 487 19 19. California 5-0 451 21 20. Virginia 4-1 409 20 21. Kansas State 5-1 379 22 22. Georgia Tech 4-1 317 23 23. Wyoming 7-0 264 24 24. Utah 5-1 .111 — 25. Washington 3-2 104 16 Others receiving votes — Southern Mississippi 93, Virginia Tech 70, Syracuse 23, Wisconsin 21, Iowa 18, Southern Cal 17, Army 13, Washington St. 9, Kansas 7, Texas Tech 7, Navy 3, San Diego St. 3. Rosga made the game's key play. Colorado was nursing a 21-10 lead but Oklahoma State was threatening midway through the third quarter. Tailback Lendon Henry, starting in place of the suspended Herchell Troutman, had fumbled, giving OSU possession at the Colorado 38-yard line, and the Cowboys drove to the 19. But Rosga, stepping in front of Tone Jones' pass intended for Willie Grissom, intercepted the ball 5 yards deep in the end zone and weaved his way down the left sideline. "If we don't throw the interception," Oklahoma State coach Bob Simmons said, "I think it's a completely different ballgame. Prior to the game, Neuheisel and Colorado athletic director Dick Tharp announced that, in consultation with the NCAA, 12 players would serve one- or two- game suspensions for their role in the illegal phone calls, which amounted to an average of $25 per player. Those implicated included two starters, Troutman and linebacker Mike Phillips, both of whom sat out the OSU game. Three players — freshman defensive backs Rashidi Barnes, Ben Kelly and Damen Wheeler — were assessed two-game suspensions. All suspensions must be served by Saturday's game at Kansas. Because three players didn't serve their one-game penalty Saturday night, the Buffs will be without six players against Kansas. In other Big 12 games Saturday, Bryan Hanspard completely overshadowed Kansas' June Henley in their ballyhooed showdown, piling up 190 yards in Texas Tech's 30-17 victory over Kansas, while Texas A&M trimmed Iowa State 24-21. Overall, the Big 12's North Division broke even Saturday with the South. In addition to Colorado's victory, No. 5 Nebraska shut out Baylor 49-0. No. 21 Kansas State bounced back from its loss to Nebraska by beating Missouri 35-10 in a North Division matchup. And in the game of the day, Oklahoma defeated Texas 30-27 in overtime that knocked the Longhorns out of the national rankings altogether. T HIGH SCHOOL Regional tennis, golf meets today Salina Central, South, Sacred Heart among teams taking part By The Journal Staff Postseason competition begins today for girls high school golf and tennis teams with regional meets at various sites around the state. Both the Salina South and Salina Central tennis squads will compete in a seven-team Class 5A regional at Veteran's Memorial Park in Great Bend, while Sacred Heart is among eight teams participating in the Class 3-2-1A regional at Sterling. Winners of the first four places in singles and doubles qualify for state tournaments which begin Friday. Also competing with South and Central at Great Bend will be Buhler, Hays, Liberal, McPherson and the host Panthers. Sacred Heart's competition will come from Belleville, Quivira Heights, Claflin, Ellinwood, Hutchinson-Trinity, Lyons and Sterling. Russell and WaKeeney will also serve as regional sites today. A nine-team Class 4A regional will be held at the Russell City Courts, where teams from Abilene, Beloit, Chapman, Clay Center, Colby, Concordia, Ellsworth, Russell and Scott City will play for state berths. The eight teams competing at the 3-2-1A regional at the Trego High School courts will be Hoisington, Ness City, Norton, Phillipsburg, Plainville, Tribune, Victoria and Trego. Smoky Valley takes part in a 4A regional today at Pratt City Courts, while the Hillsboro squad will compete at the 3-2- 1A regional at Hesston. Sites for the two-day state tennis tournaments will be Garden City (6A), McPherson (5A), Hutchinson (4A) and Wichita (3-2-1A). The Class 6-5A state golf tournament will be held at Salina Municipal on Monday, Oct. 21. But Salina golfers face a tough task today if they are to qualify for state on their home course. Central and South will compete at the 10-team regional today at Emporia Municipal, where 8:30 a.m. will be tee-off, time. Only the top three teams and top 10 individual medalists advance to state. Other teams at the Emporia regional will be Lawrence, Manhattan, Olathe North, Olathe South, Shawnee Heights, Topeka Seaman, Washburn Rural and Emporia. Lamed Country Club will be the host site of a Class 4-3-2-1A regional, with Atwood, Colby, and Trego among the nine participating schools. Hays High will take part in the 6-5A regional at Dodge City's Marian Hills, while Clay Center com- petest in the 4-3-2-1A regional at St. Mary's Public Course. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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