Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

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Real October Surprises Now that the Yankees have won the World Series, it would be easy to think we knew they would all along--with their previous 25 championships and all. Much about the series was predictable: the usual stars (Derek Jeter, Mike Piazza) did their jobs. But starting with the neck-and-neckness of the games themselves, the series was permeated with surprise. There were the unlikely heroes Jose Vizcaino and Luis Sojo each delivering game-winning hits, a few old guys--Paul O'Neill, David Cone and John Franco--pulling it out just when we thought we'd smelled retirement (at least on the first two), and the shockingly awful sound of Billy Joel's national anthem. And let us not forget Roger Clemens's anger-management lapse in game two. Or rather, let's forget it. That way, the thrill of a feisty Subway Series, which was up for grabs at the bottom of the ninth inning of the last game, a contest that charmed a city and annoyed a country, will be remembered.

More Strikes And You're Out The Yankees suffered a different kind of loss last week: Darryl Strawberry's arrest for violating probation with a crack-and-Xanax binge. He slipped out of the Tampa drug-treatment center where he had been under house arrest for April 1999 drug charges. The Florida Department of Corrections will ask circuit court Judge Florence Foster to sentence the eight-time All-Star to 30 days in prison and request that he wear an electronic-monitoring device once he's returned to house arrest. …

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