Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Trouble in Paradise?

  1. #1
    All Pro
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Tampa
    Posts
    1,541
    Yankees: 'Personal issue' quiets clubhouse celebration
    Sunday, October 10, 2004
    BY DAN GRAZIANO
    Star-Ledger Staff
    MINNEAPOLIS -- They celebrated, as they always do when they win a postseason series. They poured champagne.

    They also spoke with deep respect of their opponent, this time the vanquished Minnesota Twins, who gave them as tough as series as they'd expected. They talked of their impending rematch with the Boston Red Sox, against whom they'll begin the American League Championship Series on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.


    But the Yankees' mood in the clubhouse last night was subdued after their dramatic, 11-inning, 6-5 comeback victory that clinched the division series. Players huddled in corners, whispering to each other. Security guards abruptly booted the media from the clubhouse only 45 minutes after the end of the game.

    General manager Brian Cashman said there was a problem of a personal nature with one of the team's players, but he declined to comment further.

    Speculation was that the player involved was closer Mariano Rivera, whose wife, Clara, was crying in manager Joe Torre's office after the game, according to a person who was in the clubhouse. The person said Clara Rivera entered the clubhouse as soon as the game ended, and the mood in the room darkened almost right away.

    She stayed in the office, where team officials, including Torre, Cashman and team physician Stuart Hershon met with her. About an hour after the game, she left the ballpark, escorted by team security guards. Rivera left more than a half-hour later, with teammates.

    "It's a personal issue, and I'm not going to comment further," Cashman said.

    Rick Cerrone, the team's media relations director, said the issue had nothing to do with the health of the player involved (no one, including Cerrone, identified the player as Rivera). Asked if it might affect the status of the player for the next round, Cerrone said, "I'd be guessing." Asked the same question, Cashman said, "We have until 10 a.m. Tuesday, and we haven't even discussed the roster."

    Confusing though it was, the issue detracted from the usual post-clinching antics. Still, most of the players went about their interviews and other business as they dressed in their suits and headed for the plane that would take them back to New York.

    When asked why he wasn't soaked with champagne, shortstop Derek Jeter said, "It's a long story."

    And while Jeter avoided a bubbly bath, reliever Tom Gordon wasn't so fortunate. The abbreviated celebration nearly had a disastrous ending for the Yankees set-up man.

    During the revelry, one of his teammates accidentally shot a cork directly into Gordon's left eye. Gordon, standing drenched in the far corner of the room, looked stunned as bullpen mate Felix Heredia tried to assess the damage.

    "Are you okay? Are you okay?" Heredia asked, waving his hand in front of Gordon's face.

    "I have to get this checked out," Gordon said.

    He spent the next 15 minutes in the medical room, where team trainers tended to the injury. When Gordon emerged, the champagne had dried -- and the pitcher was furious.

    "That thing got me right in the corner of my eye," Gordon said told The Star-Ledger. "I can't believe they did that."

    When asked who fired the cork, Gordon replied, "I don't know. It hit me right in the face. It won't happen again, I can tell you that much. Next time, I'll have something over my eyes, I know that."

    The previous night, several Red Sox players wore goggles during the celebration that followed their ALDS victory over the Anaheim Angels.

    If the Rivera incident remains murky and the culprit in the Gordon cork mystery is unknown, this much is clear: The Yankees can not afford to lose either of their two bullpen stars for the championship series next week against the Red Sox.



    Staff writer Steve Politi contributed to this report.

  2. #2
    All League
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Wilmington, NC
    Posts
    3,682
    Originally posted by Thor99@Oct 10 2004, 02:57 AM
    When asked who fired the cork, Gordon replied, "I don't know. It hit me right in the face. It won't happen again, I can tell you that much. Next time, I'll have something over my eyes, I know that."

    The previous night, several Red Sox players wore goggles during the celebration that followed their ALDS victory over the Anaheim Angels.

    Wow, the Red Sox seemed to know something the Yankees didn't. Haven't seen much of that for a while.

  3. #3
    All Pro
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Tampa
    Posts
    1,541
    Looks like a family member of Mrs. Rivera passed during the game...

    Supposedly there will be no change to the playoff roster.

    Prayers for the Riveras and extended family...

  4. #4
    Some things are more important than baseball ... even more important than beating the Red Sox ... and this may be one of them

    I pray all is well with Mariano and his family, but if some tragedy has befallen he and his wife my prayers are with them both

    And although I am certain the Yankees cannot beat Boston minus Mariano Rivera, I would gladly give this series to the Red Sox if Mariano and his family have met with some tragic fate

    My worst fear ... and I pray to GOD this has not occurred ... is that something may have happened to one of their young children

    PLEASE LORD ... anything but that

  5. #5
    OH GOD ... I'm so afraid that something may have happened to one of his children

    Just the way his wife was in tears ... security escorting them ... GOD I pray this has nothing to do with their children!!

    I say this sincerely, forget about Mariano the pitcher ... Mariano Rivera is one of the finest human-beings in sports ... he and his wife do not deserve such a tragedy

    DEAR GOD ... NOT ONE OF THEIR CHILDREN

  6. #6
    Mariano does not have an Uggie Urbina situation does he?

    I hope it is not as bad as you think GJH.

  7. #7
    mariano riveras nephew and brother in law died in a car crash



    http://www.critica.com.pa/archivo/hoy/index.html


    it is in spanish

  8. #8
    All Pro
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Tampa
    Posts
    1,541
    Originally posted by ErIcBaRtOn50@Oct 10 2004, 09:39 AM
    mariano riveras nephew and brother in law died in a car crash



    http://www.critica.com.pa/archivo/hoy/index.html


    it is in spanish
    I read elsewhere that they were electrocuted. The kid was being electrocuted and his father tried to save him...

  9. #9
    Maxman
    Guest
    The Daily News has an article today saying there was an incident near a pool at one on Mo's houses. They weren't sure in the house was in NY or back home. They said it had to do with an electic fence.

    I got the impression reading the article that the writer knows exactly what happened but didn't say so out of respect for Mo.

  10. #10
    Originally posted by Thor99+Oct 10 2004, 11:21 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Thor99 @ Oct 10 2004, 11:21 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-ErIcBaRtOn50@Oct 10 2004, 09:39 AM
    mariano riveras nephew and brother in law died in a car crash



    http://www.critica.com.pa/archivo/hoy/index.html


    it is in spanish
    I read elsewhere that they were electrocuted. The kid was being electrocuted and his father tried to save him... [/b][/quote]


    maybe you&#39;re right. in the article it says "electrocubles" or something....

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Follow Us