Brad Mills had some big decisions yesterday when it came to deciding when to go to the bullpen. The Herald's Tony Massarotti said sending Wells out for the seventh was a "curious decision." I don't agree, but apparently Mills does: "If I'm kicking myself at all I'm kicking myself that I let [Wells] go out for that inning. To see a starter come back like he did, you hate to have them lose the ballgame."
12:05 Gates openESPN has Baseball Tonight scheduled for 2:00, so they will probably be showing the ceremonies. With any luck, they will shut up and let us simply watch. ... A few Yankees talk about witnessing the ceremonies:
12:15 Red Sox batting practice
1:15 Yankees batting practice
2:00 Pregame ceremonies begin
2:15 Presentation of World Series rings
2:30 Raising of the World Series banner
2:40 Introduction of the Yankees
2:45 Introduction of the Red Sox
2:53 Moments of silence for Pope John Paul II and Dick Radatz
2:54 National anthem
2:56 Military jet flyover
2:57 Ceremonial first pitch
3:00 Ceremonial pronouncement to "Play Ball" by 92-year-old Charlie Wagner, a former Red Sox pitcher
3:05 First pitch - Tim Wakefield to Derek Jeter
Joe Torre: "If our BP ends at 2, it's not likely we'll be outside. Guys will do what they normally do to get ready. I'm not saying the dugout will be empty. I didn't give anyone instructions. The one thing we don't want to do is purposely not be there."In Atlanta, Pedro Martinez pitches this afternoon for the winless Mets against John Smoltz. At 0-5, the Mets are off to the third-worst start in their history (1962 (0-9) and 1963 (0-8)). They haven't even held a lead in a game since Braden Looper blew an Opening Day save.
Jeter: I won't go out of my way to not see it. If I'm doing something to get ready and I'm there, then I'm there."
Jorge Posada: "We've never watched anyone get their World Series rings. I don't want to see that."