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World Series chatter

By MARC TOPKIN

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 3, 2001


-- CURT SCHILLING, Arizona pitcher joking about his plans for Friday's off-day

TABLOID HEADLINE OF THE DAY: ONE MORE MIRACLE -- New York's Post

NON-BASEBALL TABLOID HEADLINE OF THE DAY: Kennedy Chaos -- Newsday, teasing a story on the FAA briefly shutting down the American Airlines terminal at Kennedy airport Thursday

CAN I HAVE ANOTHER TOKEN, DAD?: D'backs outfielder Luis Gonzalez had big plans for Friday night -- taking his wife and their nearly 31/2-year-old triplets to Chuck E. Cheese. "That's where I normally end up on off-days," Gonzalez said.

ON THE OTHER HAND: Randy Johnson was the story of Sunday's game, though Andy Pettitte didn't do too badly himself, allowing four runs on seven innings while striking out eight. "It's scary to think that when I felt like I had probably the best stuff I've had in the postseason that I wasn't able to get a win," Pettitte said.

MISCELLANY: Ex-Ray Albie Lopez's loss in Game 5 Thursday was his 21st of the season. ... Of the 57 previous teams to hold 3-2 Series leads, 39 captured the championship, though only 22 won Game 6. ... Of the 28 teams that led 3-2 and had to go on the road, 18 won the championship, though only seven won Game 6. ... This is the first Game 6 since the 1997 Indians-Marlins Series. ... This is the 10th time the home team has won each of the first five games. ... Television ratings for the first five telecasts were 17 percent higher than last year, when the World Series drew its lowest ratings ever. National ratings attracted an average 14.4 percent of U.S. homes with televisions, according to Nielsen Media Research Inc. In New York, the No. 1 media market, 28.5 percent of viewers tuned in to Game 5. In Phoenix, the 17th-largest market, 52.7 percent watched the game.

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