New York Andy Pettitte leaned forward in his chair and recounted a recent chat he had with Derek Jeter as soon as they realized what was next in this World Series.
Pettitte vs. old foe Pedro Martinez, with the Yankees one win from the championship.
Still chasing that elusive 27th title, New York turns to Pettitte once again in Game 6 tonight, hoping he can pitch his team past the Philadelphia Phillies on only three days’ rest.
“Me and Derek were talking about it in the clubhouse last night. Just, how strange is this?” Pettitte said Tuesday. “I think everybody knew it was going to be a great Series. I think everybody knew it was going to be a tough Series. And it looks like it’s living up to that.”
After wasting a chance to wrap things up in Game 5 at Philadelphia, the Yankees set their sights on clinching at home. They’d love to christen their $1.5 billion ballpark with a World Series crown in its first season and give a seventh title to 79-year-old owner George Steinbrenner.
They’ve got two chances to do it. Game 7 would be Thursday night in the Bronx if necessary, with ace CC Sabathia pitching for New York — also on short rest.
“People expect us to be great all the time. We just need to be great tomorrow night,” Johnny Damon said.
Coming off an 8-6 victory Monday night that trimmed their Series deficit to 3-2, the defending champion Phillies took the train to New York on Tuesday afternoon, a ride that takes a little more than an hour. They chose not to work out at Yankee Stadium, but their opponents did.
Martinez and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel showed up at the ballpark for news conferences. Manuel was uncertain whether All-Star center fielder Shane Victorino would be able to play in Game 6 after getting hit in the right hand with A.J. Burnett’s 95 mph fastball Monday night.
The last team to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series was the 1985 Kansas City Royals.
Chiefs awarded Chambers
Kansas City, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have announced they were awarded wide receiver Chris Chambers, who was waived by San Diego, via a waiver claim.
The Chargers waived Chambers on Monday. Originally a second-round pick by Miami in 2001, Chambers has made 111 starts with the Dolphins and Chargers and caught 482 passes for 6,827 yards and 53 touchdowns. From 2007-09, he played in 31 games for San Diego, catching 77 passes for 1,139 yards and 10 scores.
Goodell to join labor talks
Washington — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told The Associated Press he would participate in the latest round of labor negotiations with the players’ union. Goodell says he will be present today in New York for talks about a new collective bargaining agreement. He spoke to the AP after testifying before a congressional committee Tuesday.
NBA investigates Gooden
Dallas — The NBA is investigating the incident that occurred postgame Saturday night in Los Angeles during which Drew Gooden is accused of using a homophobic slur. A league spokesman said the situation is being reviewed, even as more details come out. A Mavericks’ source said Tuesday that Gooden, a Kansas University product, is not the person who made the remark after the game directed at Clippers fans who were seated near the Mavericks’ bench during the game.
West faces more charges
Washington — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West was indicted Tuesday on additional weapons and traffic charges stemming from his Sept. 17 arrest for speeding on a motorcycle and carrying multiple weapons. The eight-count indictment sheds no new light on why West, 26, was riding a motorcycle on the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County, Md., at 10 p.m. with two loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun.
Cressy, Williamson honored
Kansas University sophomore forward Emily Cressy and freshman midfielder Shelby Williamson were named Big 12 Performers of the Week on Tuesday.
Cressy was named the league’s offensive player of the week for the first time in her career, while Williamson was selected as the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week for the first time. Cressy was also selected to CollegeSoccer360.com’s Primetime Performers list on Tuesday.
Kansas (12-7-2) will face Missouri in the first round of the Big 12 tournament at 5:30 p.m. today at Blossom Soccer Complex in San Antonio.
KU nets academic all-league
Eight Kansas University soccer player were selected on Tuesday to the Academic All-Big 12 teams. Seniors Kim Boyer, Julie Hanley, Estelle Johnson and Shannon McCabe, as well as junior Lauren Jackson and sophomore Jordyn Perdue, were named to the first team, while while juniors Rachel Morris and Caitlin Noble were named to the second team.
Scott leaving Colorado
Boulder, Colo. — Sophomore tailback Darrell Scott, the biggest recruiting prize in coach Dan Hawkins’ four-year tenure at Colorado, is leaving the program after 11⁄2 season filled with injuries and frustration. Scott told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he’s planning to finish out the semester in Boulder as he decides on where he’ll transfer, but he acknowledged UCLA remains a strong possibility.
EagleBank Bowl adds Big 12
Washington — The EagleBank Bowl has extended its contracts with the Atlantic Coast Conference, Conference USA, Navy and Army. The bowl also has a new agreement with the Big 12.
Syracuse suspends three
Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse Orange have taken yet another hit with the suspension of three players. A day after coach Doug Marrone announced that receiver Mike Williams had quit the team, Marrone said Tuesday that he has suspended tailback Antwon Bailey, defensive end Torrey Ball and offensive guard Andrew Tiller for violating team rules.