The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 23, 1996 · Page 21
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Salina, Kansas
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s, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL T COMMENT JOE POSNANSKI Kansas City Star Sports SCOREBOARD / D2 NFL / D3 MONEY/ D4 D V WORLD SERIES Yanks win Game 3 on road Maddux spoils party in Bronx NEW YORK — Sometime during this masterpiece, people no longer watched. The New York Yankees , fans cursed at each other. They ran :: on the field. They got in fights. I ...They bought World Series programs. They tried to guess which subway would win in "The Great New York Subway Race." Watch the game? What's to watch? The .fans would catch up later. "Hey Vinnie, how many ground balls to second base did I miss?" "Two." *> "OK. You gonna drink that '•"beer?" ;-;.: Atlanta's pitcher Greg Maddux ' stole their hearts. He stole their . souls. He stole their spirit. They "had waited 15 years for this World Series, and here were hardened New Yorkers chanting "We want a hit," like little league parents, and Maddux mocked them. He toyed with them. He showed them the baseball, took it back, offered some hope, stole it away. He pitched like your big brother, who gives you a few hits, dares you to dream and then takes away the dream, steps on it, laughs. MADDUX Maddux stepped on New York on "". .'"Monday night at Yankee Stadium. He played the city like a con man '"_ set up outside Times Square. He ~ looked so vulnerable. He wore .,,:• glasses. He threw puffy fastballs. •He kept tossing easy strikes. And when he finished, the Braves won ; .'••' 4-0, the World Series was headed on 1 ' 'a Delta non-stop flight to -(..^Sweepsville, and New York was in "-,; shambles. "The ball was there for us," Yan- >,Jcees outfielder Bernie Williams ..'.* babbled. "The ball was there for ..... us." M* The Yankees could still see the ...... ball afterward. The baseball lin- -^gered there as if it was on a swing 1 "r 1 - they could still see it — and they "could not understand how they had pitches strong game as New York takes must-win game . .„. A baseball player knows when he . _has been overwhelmed. He can un- v-'derstand when Randy Johnson "" : throws the fastball through his bat. -, - He can comprehend John Smoltz throwing angry sliders that twist and turn like a child with a night,mare. A baseball player can deal with all that. •• None of them could deal with '"this Maddux thing. They could not comprehend that "Maddux had just thrown one of the . ..most extrordinary World Series , "games of our time, a ground-ball symphony, an 82-pitch classic with ..^',no walks, two strikeouts, no wild .pitches, two fly balls and five meek "• .rollers back to the pitcher. This is how Maddux leaves • teams. This is how Maddux leaves cities. Broken. He has won four Cy Young Awards, and somehow they 'believe that it was all a trick. A scam. A spell. ,: ^ "The ball was right there, we just didn't swing the bats," Williams "was saying when it ended, as if it were all just some big mistake. No answers. No hopes. No nothing. Maddux left New York beaten. There was a moment in the sixth inning when the Yankees fans stood up. They had been loud in the I beginning, but Maddux had numbed them. For inning after in", ,hing, the fans had watched their Yankees hit ground balls — the wa- 1 ter-torture test — and they seemed to be slowly dying. Maddux was killing them with soft fastballs that dropped like computer prices. • Then, in the sixth inning, with the - Braves up four runs, the fans sud- • denly stood up, and they screamed, a last plea. Yankees shorstop Derek Jeter hit »V a single. Tim Raines hit a single. ^ The people roared. This was it. '*•» They had waited 1.5 years for the ?« World Series at Yankee Stadium, % and they wanted to get this Mad$ dux, they wanted to hurt him, they j£, wanted to crush him. The noise ^.poured down. .. ,, ± >$ Wade Boggs hit a ground ball to rS^econd base. Double play. *J Williams hit a ground ball to sec% <jnd. End of inning. •? New York sat down. Greg Mad$ dux jogged to the dugout. Yankee Stadium would never get loud again- By BEN WALKER The Associated Press The Associated Press David Cone, New York's starting pitcher in Game 3 on Tuesday, delivers a pitch In the first inning. ATLANTA — Now this was what the New York Yankees were supposed to do all along. Get six good innings from David Cone. Get a home run from Bernie Williams. And then let the bullpen do the rest. It all came together for the Yankees on Tuesday night, and not a moment too soon. Their 5-2 win over Atlanta cut the Braves' lead to 2-1, and put the drama back into a World Series that was on the verge of becoming a walkover. "This was our formula," Cone said. "Get to the bullpen, get Bernie to get big hits, get a key defensive play." Relievers Mariano Rivera, Graeme Lloyd and John Wetteland finished off a victory that made the Yankees the first team ever to win six straight road games in the postseason. "Sometimes, playing at home in the postseason isn't an advantage. You get so charged up that you lose focus of what you have to do," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "I think any time in a short series when you win, the momentum is on your side," he said. "Hopefully, we can build on this." The win ended New York's six- game losing streak in the World Series that dated to 1981 and stopped a five-game winning streak by the Braves during which they had outscored opponents 48-2. "I think the mindset, generally, of the team was that we were a little bit embarrassed," Cone said. New York will try to make it 7-0 away from Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night when Kenny Rogers pitches against Atlanta's Denny Neagle. Rogers originally was dropped from the rotation, but restored when a rainout took away the travel day and forced the Yankees to use four starters. No team in baseball has overcome a 3-0 deficit in the postseason, and New York won't have to, World Series GAMES R H 8 1 6 1 BRAVES LEAD SERIES 2-1 GAME 4:7:18 TONIGHT 4 More coverage / Page D3 either. After losing twice at home, the Yankees shook up their lineup, benching slumping Tino Martinez and hobbling Wade Boggs and Paul O'Neill, and Torre's moves worked. Darryl Strawberry, Cecil Fielder and Charlie Hayes stepped in and each made contributions that helped the Yankees take a 2-1 lead after six innings against Tom Glavine. The Yankees broke it open with a three-run eighth, Williams' homer and Fielder's double off Greg McMichael. Williams' sixth postseason homer tied the record set by Bob Robertson of Pittsburgh in 1971. Williams, MVP of the AL championship series, had been hitless in the first two games before an RBI single in the opening inning. Cone stayed ahead with nasty breaking pitches, buckling the knees of several Braves hitters for six innings. He gave up four hits, the same total allowed by Glavine in seven innings. Cone's key moment came in the sixth, when the Braves loaded the bases with one out. He got Fred McGriff on a popup, walked Ryan Klesko to force home a run that drew Atlanta within 2-1 and retired NLCS MVP Javy Lopez on a foul- popup. It was Cone's first career win in the World Series. PRO FOOTBALL Have Chiefs become new Raiders? Some calling Kansas City the intimidators of the AFC West instead of long-standing Oakland By CRAIG HORST The Associated Press SCHOTTENHEIMER KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Have the Kansas City Chiefs replaced the Oakland Raiders as the AFC West's bullies? Coach Marty Schottenheimer says no way. Schottenheimer on Tuesday rejected a suggestion his club is trying to intimidate opponents in the rugged division. "My opinion is that we do not have an interest in being designated intimidators," Schottenheimer said, responding to a column by Tacoma News Tribune writer John Clayton that was reprinted in The Kansas City Star. Clayton suggested the Chiefs have taken on the bad boy reputation once held by the Raiders. Clayton pointed to incidents in Thursday night's Chiefs-Sea- hawks game, including a punch Marcus Allen threw at Seahawks safety Robert Blackmon that wasn't flagged, and suggested the NFL would be watching the Chiefs. "We'll see in future games if their penalty numbers increase or their fines accumulate," Clayton wrote. "One thing won't change, though. The Chiefs have become the intimidators in this division." The Seahawks, who lost that game 36-14, thought Allen should have been penalized. They also were upset by a low block to linebacker Winston Moss by receiver Chris Penn. Defensive backs have complained they are being blocked low by Chiefs receivers. "Chris Penn wasn't trying to intimidate anybody," Schottenheimer said. "I don't think many players in this league can be intimidated. In his view, the play was still live and they are taught to go until the whistle blows." Schottenheimer said the question came up a couple of times while he served on the NFL Competition Committee. "The overwhelming sentiment was that if a defensive back has an opportunity to see a guy coming at him and defend himself, then you can block him low," Schottenheimer said. "Our wide receivers have always taken pride in blocking down the field as long as we've been here. As long as the guy has an opportunity to see you coming, then it's legal." T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Snyder wants consistency Kansas State coach not entirely pleased with play of offense despite record By HAROLD BECHARD The Sallna Journal MANHATTAN — Bill Snyder is a hard man to please. Take Snyder's Kansas State football team for example. The Wildcats have more victories (6) than any other program in the Big 12 Conference, have lost just one game (to No. 5 Nebraska) and have moved up to No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. The Wildcats currently rank No. 1 nationally in pass efficiency defense, second in the Big 12 in total defense and scoring defense. Snyder's team also became just the sixth to win at Texas A&M in a decade SNYDER with a 23-20 victory Saturday in College Station, Texas. But despite all these positives heading into Saturday's game against Oklahoma, Snyder said his team can do better, specifically on offense and in the kicking game. K-State ranks near the bottom of the Big 12 in nearly every offensive category — llth in rushing and total offense and seventh in passing offense. "I'd like for us to be a little more consistent than we are right now," Snyder said. "Offensively, we've been so very, very inconsistent. The numbers are terrible. I don't look at numbers a lot, but we've been very inconsistent. "Penalties have hurt some drives and we haven't throw the ball as accu- rately as we should." The Wildcats have been effective in the 'red zone* — inside the 20-yard line — scoring on 22 of 25 possessions (20 touchdowns, two field goals). But, even Snyder found something in thqse numbers for his team to improve on. "Things do intensify down there, but our players shouldn't be any more intense there than at any other time during the game," Snyder said. "We need to be the same on both ends of the field." The kicking game nearly came back to haunt K-State again Saturday against Texas A&M. The Wildcats had a punt blocked late in the fourth quarter which led to an A&M touchdown and turned a comfortable 10-point lead into a nail-biter with three minutes remaining. It's the same See KSU, Page D3 Oklahoma has won two straight But Sooners' head coach expects toughest test yet Saturday against K-State By OWEN CANFIELD The Associated Press NORMAN, Okla. — Two straight victories have left Oklahoma tied for first place in the South Division of the Big 12 Conference. That doesn't mean the Sooners are making plans to be in St. Louis for the league title game. Coach John Blake said Tuesday that his team realizes there is much work to be done and some very tough opponents on the schedule, beginning Saturday with No. 16 Kansas State. "We don't even think about it. It's just good that we are in a position to maybe win the division," Blake said. "It's a great opportunity for our young players, but I think the most important thing is we have to focus so much on the next game and correcting our mistakes, it's unbelievable. "We need to make sure these young guys understand how important it is to focus all week on their mistakes, and learn how to prepare to win, learn how BLAKE to concentrate and put everything else to the side." Oklahoma (2-4 overall, 1-2 Big 12) followed its victory over Texas by beating Baylor on the road last week, 28-24. The Sooners rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to win. James Allen had his second straight outstanding game at tailback, running for 153 yards, and Justin Fuente completed 15 of 28 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. But mistakes continued, also. The Sooners were penalized 10 times for 84 yards, lost a fumble and had a pass intercepted. Blake said the feeling in the locker room after Saturday's game was far different than it was after Texas because the Sooners fully expected to beat Baylor and nearly didn't. "I could tell that some of the players were really concerned about not playing better than they did," Blake said. "I think it's a pretty humble football team. I think they've got to do a lot bet- ter at each individual position and as a team to win." Kansas State (6-1, 3-1) is returning home after two straight road victories, most recently against Texas A&M. The Wildcats have won three in a row against Oklahoma, and last year hammered the Sooners 49-10. Kansas State ranks second in the conference behind Nebraska in total defense and scoring defense, and leads the league in pass defense. Cornerback Chris Canty is among the best in the country at his position. Blake said the Wildcats' defense is the best the Sooners have faced to date. "With those types of defenses, you've got to have guys make plays," he said. "Even though they cover you in man coverage and they've got great cover corners, you've got to make plays. You can't always just bow down and try to outscheme people. You've got to line up and play football. Someone's got to win battles." Blake said fullback Michael Rose will miss the rest of the season with an injury to his right knee. Defensive tackle Kelly Gregg and reserve center Tim Macias each are bothered by a bruised shoulder but are expected to play Saturday. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (813) 823*363 OR 1-BOO-827-6363

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