The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 17, 2003 - 11A
Fenway groundskeeper to
sue Yanks for bullpen brawl
[Pride of the Yankees
BOSTON (AP) - The
groundskeeper involved in a fight in
the bullpen at Fenway Park expects
to sue New York Yankees Jeff Nelson
and Karim Garcia, his lawyer said
"There is an investigation ongoing
and it's anticipated we'll file a civil
suit," said Patrick Jones, hired by
Red Sox employee Paul Williams.
The 24-year-old Williams was
involved in a fight Saturday with
reliever Nelson and right fielder
Garcia in the ninth inning of Game 3
of the AL championship series.
Two Boston police officers who
broke up the fight said the players
attacked Williams, a part-time mem-
ber of the grounds crew who also is
a special education teacher in Derry,
The players contended Williams
provoked them by cheering for the
Red Sox in the New York bullpen.
An incident report filed shortly
after the game by two Boston offi-
cers indicated police would seek
assault and battery charges against
the two players. Since then, police
have said no decision has been made.
A copy of the police report, which
was posted on The Boston Globe's
website, stated that Nelson "was
observed pushing/grabbing the vic-
tim in the chest area at which time
both parties fell to the ground where
Jeff Nelson began punching and flar-
ing his legs at the victim." The
report also stated that several other
members of the Yankees bullpen
"jumped on the victim," and right
fielder Garcia jumped the outfield
wall, entered the bullpen and began
"striking down at the victim with his
Williams was taken to a hospital
and treated for head, mouth, and
Ted Williams' son has leukemia
INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) - The son of Hall of Famer
Ted Williams has been diagnosed with leukemia, according
^to a newspaper report.
John Henry Williams, 35, told the Citrus County Chroni-
cle yesterday that he was diagnosed with acute myeloge-
nous leukemia earlier this month at UCLA Medical Center.
'jHe told the newspaper that he has already started
"The whole goal is get the leukemia in remission,"
Williams said from Los Angeles for a story to be published
Attempts made by The Associated Press to reach
Williams were unsuccessful. Calls placed to the home of
John Henry Williams' attorney, Eric Abel, were not imme-
After Ted Williams died July 5, 2002, John Henry
Williams was at the center of a controversy surrounding his}F
father's remains. Williams had his father's body taken to an
Arizona cryonics lab, setting off a battle with his half-sis-
ter, who said her father had wanted to be cremated."usa
The matter was settled in December, when Bobby Jo Fer-
rell, Ted Williams' oldest daughter, dropped her objections.
A telephone call to Bobby Jo Ferrell's home on Thursday.
evening was not answered.
John Henry Williams' other sister, Claudia Williams, told.
the newspaper she is in Los Angeles for tests to determine
if she is a match for a possible bone marrow transplant.
"It's not good, not good at all, considering his ageClau-
dia Williams said. AP PHOTO
About 10,500 new cases of acute myelogenous leukemia Game 7 of the American League Championship Series lived up to its hype, as the Yankees' Aaron Boone hit a walk-off
are diagnosed each year in the United States, with remis- homerun in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Yankees a 6-5 win and a trip to the World Series.
sion occurring in 70-80 percent of those patients.
Resilient Marlins ready to keep surprising
CHICAGO (AP) - Florida Marlins manager Jack
McKeon returned to his hotel room early yesterday, a
few hours after his team clinched a World Series
berth, and found himself inundated with phone calls.
His cell phone kept ringing. So did his wife's.
There were two phone lines in the room, and they
"Tickets. Tickets. Hotel rooms," McKeon said.
"The whole family called. It's the same people, but
you add a few more, because now you've got the
At 72, McKeon has four children and nine grand-
children. And now, thanks to the Marlins' astounding
success, he's probably hearing from some long-lost
Florida's comeback victory in the NL champi-
onship series left countless Chicago Cubs fans in
despair, but at least it made McKeon's family happy.
He'll become the oldest manager in World Series his-
tory when the Marlins play Game 1 Saturday against
the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox.
The resilient Marlins clinched their second pennant
in six years in characteristic fashion - by coming
from behind. They trailed by two runs in the fifth
inning of Game 7 before rallying to beat the Cubs 9-6
Florida won despite leading in just 20 of 67 innings
in the series. The Marlins beat Mark Prior and Kerry
Wood in the final two games, and they're only the
fourth team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in a league
"It didn't sink in until a couple of hours later what
has happened," McKeon said. "You're reached the
top. The World Series is it. Whether you win or lose,
you're in the World Series."
The Marlins remained in Chicago on Thursday,
waiting to fly to Boston or New York, depending on
which team won Game 7 of the AL championship
series. Against either team, the Marlins will be under-
dogs - as they were in the NLCS, the division series,
the wild-card race and spring training.
"We like that," McKeon said. "Believe me, we're
going to give the American League a tough shot."
Sammy Sosa's advice: Don't count the Marlins out.
"They beat Mark Prior and Kerry Wood back to
back," the Cubs slugger said. "They have to win the
World Series. If they don't do that, we will be very
The Marlins' odds against winning will be even
longer because the scramble to win the final three
games against the Cubs left McKeon's rotation in dis-
array. He used three starters in Game 7, with Mark
Redman pitching three innings, Brad Penny one and
series hero Josh Beckett four.
Penny and struggling rookie Dontrelle Willis will
likely start Games 1 and 2 in some order, McKeon
"I really think Penny is going to step up this series,"
Penny went 14-10 during the regular season but has
won only once since hyperextending his pitching
elbow Sept. 12. He an ERA of 14.14 in two postsea-
Beckett will probably be rested until Game 3 in
Miami, where he threw a two-hit shutout Sunday to
beat Chicago. Left-hander Redman will likely start
Carl Pavano took Penny's turn Tuesday and
allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings to help beat the
Cubs. But McKeon said he wants Pavano back in the
bullpen, where he pitched 4 2-3 scoreless innings in
Florida catcher Ivan Rodriguez, right, celebrates the Marlins' second trip to the
World Series in franchise history. They won it all In their first trip in 1997.
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