Everybody's a critic - even the mayor here Rendell demeans Jays' Stottlemyre World Series notebook


PHILADELPHIA -- Ed Rendell, the mayor of Philadelphia, didn't show much respect for Todd Stottlemyre, who will pitch Game 4 of the World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays here tonight.

During a visit to Toronto, Rendell was critical of the Blue Jays' pitching staff, particularly Stottlemyre. "I could envision them [the Phillies] getting swept by a combination of the White Sox's pitching and the Blue Jays' hitting," said Rendell.

"But not this pitching staff. If Frank Thomas could hit a ball 430 feet off Stottlemyre, I could hit one 270. I'd like to bat against him."

When he was initially asked about the mayor's remarks, Stottlemyre was diplomatic. "Well, Philly is a beautiful place," he said.

As the questioning persisted, however, Stottlemyre began to play along. He was asked how he would pitch to Rendell.

"I'd like to hit against him," was Stottlemyre's initial response. "I guess I'd throw the first three behind his head and then paint the outside corner."

When the subject was broached a second time, Stottlemyre had a curt reply. "I'll tell you what," he said. "When this thing [the World Series] is over, I'll go into my pocket for a ticket and fly to Philly.

"Tell the mayor to put on a uniform and we'll see what happens."

Rainy anniversary

Last night marked the first time in 25 years that a World Series game started after a rain delay. Game 4 at Detroit, Oct. 6, 1968 was delayed for 35 minutes.

One pitcher, three teams

Danny Jackson last night became the third pitcher to start a World Series game for three teams. The left-hander started for the Kansas City Royals in 1985 and the Cincinnati Reds in 1990 before starting last night's game for the Phillies.

Jack Morris (1984 Detroit Tigers, 1991 Minnesota Twins, 1992 Blue Jays) and Joe Bush (1913 Philadelphia Athletics, 1918 Boston Red Sox and 1922 Yankees) are the other pitchers who have started for three teams. The Blue Jays' Dave Stewart has appeared in the World Series with three teams, but was a reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981.

Pitching to pitchers

Pitcher Tommy Greene has shown he can swing the bat, which should give the Phillies an advantage in Game 4, but he doesn't think it would be wise for anyone on the Phillies pitching staff to take the inexperienced Blue Jays pitchers lightly at the plate.

"To me, anybody with a bat in their hands is capable of hurting you," he said. "I have seen someone 1-for-50 get a hit. To me, I don't like the DH rule. Everyone on the field should hit."

Lest anyone forget, the Blue Jays pitchers outhit the Atlanta Braves pitchers last year, going a combined 2-for-7; the Braves hurlers pitchers went hitless.

Fan falls

A female fan fell out of the upper-level seats at Veterans Stadium after Game 3.

The unidentified woman fell about 25 feet from the 200 level catwalk and landed between the outfield fence and seats normally used for football games, Phillies spokesman Larry Shenk said. "Nobody seems to know how or why she fell," he said.

A helicopter flew her to Hahnemann University Hospital, where a nursing supervisor said she was being evaluated soon after she arrived at 1:25 a.m.

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