Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Confident Yanks Wouldn't Mind Facing World Champs in Series

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Confident Yanks Wouldn't Mind Facing World Champs in Series

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Talk about mixed emotions. One night Mel Stottlemyre is ecstatic because his team wins the American League pennant, and the next night he is in agony watching his son get battered in the first inning of the game that could put the two of them in the World Series together.

"I turned it off after a while," said Stottlemyre, the New York Yankees' pitching coach.

But Todd Stottlemyre's team, the Cardinals, has one more chance tonight to grab the one victory needed to play the Yankees on Saturday night. "I don't really have a preference," Mel Stottlemyre said. "Naturally, I'd like to play the Cardinals because my son is on their team. "But I think most guys would prefer to play Atlanta because they're the defending champions." The Yankees, despite their 15-year drought, remain one of the best-known names in sports. The Braves, through the magic of cable television, have become perhaps the most popular team in the country. The people at Fox and Major League Baseball would love it because the Ya nkees and Braves would generate high television ratings, maybe the highest ever, if enough fans have forgiven baseball for its transgressions. It would be, in short, a royal World Series. Most teams would want to avoid the Braves because of their strong pitching staff, the one filled with Cy Young Award winners. But the Yankees are confident enough in their ability to win the World Series that they figure they might as well beat the best and not some team that slips into the Series because it got hot at the right time. Not that they would show up Saturday with a lack of respect for the Cardinals if St. Louis wins the National League pennant. "Atlanta has great pitching; St. Louis plays more of a speed game," said Yankees third baseman Charlie Hayes, a recent and veteran National Leaguer. "Man for man, ability-wise, St. Louis might have an edge. "But the Braves have been there. They know how to win. Bobby Cox simplifies what that team is all about. …

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