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BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 22; 2013 Page 15 EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani Do I Write About the NY Yankees Too Much? Many fans of my Extra Innings column think I spend too much time talking about the dreaded Bronx Bombers, what do you think out there? My friend Carmine who works real estate out of his Hanover Street office likes the Boston Red Sex and my weekly baseball column but the Nooch thinks I write too much about the Yankees all the time. Do I? Italian Americans have a love-hate relationship with the Yankees versus the Red Sex. Baby boomers like my- self remember all those dry Red Sex years of the late '50s and early '60s when the Sex &%$@*^ and the Yankees with guys that were great. They were always my second team behind the hometown guys. Nooch at least most of the time I write about the Yan- kees, lately it is obituary time for them. Johnny Kucks Great Yankees Pitcher in 1956 starter for the Yankees behind Ford. Getting back to the 1956 World Series, Larson got a brand new car and Kucks said, "I got a fishing rod." Ortiz Didn't Finish 34 in Mayoral Race The above headline ran in the NY Post recently claiming that write-ins didn't count in the Boston's mayor's race. They were all counted together without counting just Big Papi's numbers. Sounds like sour-grapes down in the Big Apple I believe had Ortiz been on the ballot. He actually might have won the job. Who really knows, right? Kershaw, Scherzer Top Pitchers Bill Skowron, Johnny Kucks and Yogi Berra during Game 7 of the 1956 World Series playoffs against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Yankees won 9-0. Johnny Kucks, finished the 1956 season 18-9. This sinkerball righty was just 24 when he shut down the Brooklyn Dodgers to clinch the 1956 World Series in Game 7 for the NY Yankees. He recently passed at age 81. His big league career lasted only six seasons and finished 54-56 with a 4.10 ca- reer ERA. However, in 1956 he wasn't ex- pected to be in the starting rotation after going 8-7 in 1955. However, he made the rotation and was the Yankees second best pitcher behind the great Whitey Ford. He won 14 games before the end of July and was named to the All-Star squad. He won Game 7 on a 9-0 game giving up three singles. His sinkerball workings, 16 of the 27 Brooklyn outs were grounders. Few re- member that feat since two days previous, Yankees legendary pitcher Don Larson threw a perfect game. In 1959, he was traded to the Kansas City Athletics for Ralph Terry, who in 1962, was the only other Yankee to pitch a shut out in Game 7 of the World Series. Personally, I don't remember much of Kucks, but I do remember Terry as a great number two Clayton Kershaw Max Scherzer Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Tigers were this year's Cy Young winners. Kershaw won the award for the second time with a 1.83 ERA, lowest in 13 years. He finished 16-9 with 232 strikeouts. Scherzer won the AL honors, winning 21 games with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strike outs. Farrell Wuz Robbed? Many Red Sex fans think Manager John Farrell was robbed when he didn't win this year's AL Manager of the Year Award after taking the Red Sex to a World Series victory following their 69-93 season in 2012. Shouldn't worse to first mean something? This year's winner was Terry Francona, who took the Cleveland Indians into post- season. It was their first playoff appearance in 6 seasons and a 24 game improvement over last season. Back in 2004 and again in 2007 when the Red Sex won those World Series, he was passed over twice. While I think Farrell should have won this year's award, I am sure like Francona, he'll get there sooner than later like good ole Tito. Rookie of the Year Winners Wil Myers Jose Fernandez American League Rookie of the Year goes to Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays. The 22-year-old M rers batted .293 with 13 home Leave the DELIVERY to u,, With a Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year. Chrisunas C, Subscription 0 We'll send the recipient an announcement of your gift. Their subscription will begin with the current issue and continue for one year. Fill out coupon below and mail with paymont to: Post-Gazette, PO Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 I would like to send a one year Gift Subscription of the Boston Post-Gazette to the following person(s). I have enclosed $30 per subscription. Recipient Name Giver Name Address Address City City State Zip State Zip Phone Phone runs and 53 RBIs in only 88 games. NL winner was Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins. At age 20, he went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and struck-out 187 batters. A Celebration of Teddy Baseball Upcoming soon will be the legendary lunch series: A Celebration of Ted Williams. The event will feature former teammates Ted Lepcio and Medford's own Billy "No-Hit" Mombouquette. Moderator will be the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy. Decem- ber 4 th at 11:30 am at the Cask 'n Flagon next to Fenway Park. For further information, please log on to "As we express our grati- tude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to five by them." John F. Kennedy TALKING ABOUT TINKER- ING WITH OT -- What's this we hear about various pro- posals being bandied about by NHL general managers concerning possible changes in the format used to decide overtime games? Seems as though some are thinking about shelving the shootout, a feature we never liked since its introduction at the start of the 2005-2006 season. However, there may be a steep price to pay to say goodbye to a bad practice. How about 3 on 3 for at least a portion of the skating OT? Yes, that's being floated right now. As if there were not enough gimmicks once you got past 60 minutes of hockey. First came the introduction of 4 on 4 in overtime during the 1998- 1999 season. We were told it would make the game more exciting, that many more contests would end in the five-minute skating OT, etc. But proof positive that it is a gimmick comes every spring in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Then all overtimes are still contested in the classic 5 on 5 manner with- out shootouts. In other words, when it really counts and everything is on the line, we'll continue to play real 5 on 5 hockey. On other occa- sions, we may consider vari- ous scenarios. And right now, those sce- narios may come to include another gimmick -- say hello to 3 on 3. Under various proposals, the skating OT would be in- creased from the present five minutes to perhaps as long as 10 minutes. It would start as a 4 on 4 but then at some point (not yet decided) give way to 3 on 3 for the balance of the OT. Suppos- edly, this would cut down on shootouts which a growing number of people around the league have come to dislike. Here's a simple question: Why can't we just have over- time? You know, real 5 on 5 hockey just like you have in overtime during the playoffs? Baseball seems to be fine with continuing games into extra innings without chang- ing the number of players on the field. It's worked for more than a century in that game. There are some long base- ball games. Some go 14 or 15 innings. An occasional one or two might go very long -- say 19 or 20. But it's real baseball, not gimmicked up baseball. Not extra innings baseball without a shortstop, without a centerfielder, etc. It's the same game from first pitch to last with nine play- ers on the field. And if the NHL just con- tinued its tie games into OT employing the classic Stanley Cup format -- what would happen? Well, like in baseball, some would end in the first few minutes --just like some baseball games end in the 10 th inning. Some would go longer, perhaps for most of an extra period. Some might go a period or two beyond that. But it would be real hockey from start to finish, not a diluted version of the game at the end. Some will say that games with multiple overtimes will tire out the players. Well, in an athletic contest, ath- letes with the most stamina may well prevail. So, teams that have more players in better shape might well win a few more games over the course of the regular season. What's So wrong with that? And what if back-to-back games are scheduled? Well, perhaps there could be fewer of those. Did you ever notice how the B's might play three or four games in a week and then not play for the next several days? A more bal- anced schedule might go a long way towards alleviating that concern. None of these trial balloons may come to pass or perhaps some version of them will see the light of day. There may well be some changes in the future. Those in decision making capacities throughout the NHL need look no further than the closest MLB team or minor league baseball franchise to find the best solution to the situation. NOT A CHANCE -- When a coach is hired he has to be given a chance. A chance to install his system, a chance to infuse his players with his philosophy concerning how to play the game. All of this may take some time. The desired results -- winning more games might not come to pass right away. That's why it was partic- ularly disconcerting to us when we learned that Buf- falo Sabres head coach Ron Rolston, a man who coached at the college level in our area for five seasons, wasn't really given enough time to get the job done in the West- ern New York community. The 47-year-old Michigan native was shown the door in mid-November after a short stint behind the Buf- falo bench that encom- passed about five months of actual hockey action over the course of two seasons. Rolston, who was an assis- tant at Harvard from 1999 to 2002 and then at Boston Col- lege from 2002-2004, took over on February 20 th for Lindy Ruff on the proverbial "interim" basis. He compiled a 15-11-5 mark over the final 31 games as the Sabres finished fifth in the North- east Division and missed the playoffs. Then on May 7  the Sabres gave Rolston the green light for the entire 2013-2014 campaign -- at least it seemed that way. But after a 4-15-I start, he was let go, kicked to the curb before the NHL had concluded its sec- ond month of action. Molding a winning team can take time, a commodity that Rolston apparently didn't have in a city where winters are long but commitments from ownership can be very short indeed.