10/25/2003 8:35 PM ET
Weather and celebs being watched
Forecast calls for periods of rain for possible Game 7
NEW YORK -- The buzz around the cages during batting practice Saturday wasn't about Game 6 of the World Series. It wasn't about Josh Beckett pitching on short rest. It wasn't about Andy Pettitte's track record when pitching the day after the Yankees lose (it's very good, by the way).
Nope, the talk surrounded the weather. The forecast for the next two days, apparently, calls for rain. But the way people were talking, you'd think torrential downpours were going to hit the New York area so hard that only Noah and his animals had a chance to float down to Yankee Stadium to catch a game.
So, we went to a seemingly reliable source to see just what the forecast is for Sunday and Monday. According to www.accuweather.com, on Sunday, it will be mostly cloudy and breezy with a little rain during the day; at night, cloudy with occasional rain followed by a steadier rain and patchy fog.
This Web site is extra crafty -- it gives hour-by-hour forecasts, kind of the play-by-play of the doppler weather world. And according to www.accuweather.com, there will be light rain during the hours of 6 p.m., 11 p.m., midnight and 2 a.m. But there will be clear skies from 7-10 p.m. and again at 1 a.m.
Monday's forecast calls for more light rain all night, with the exception of the 7 o'clock hour.
First pitch on Sunday is at 8 p.m. If there is a Game 7, we encourage Carl Pavano and Mike Mussina to pitch fast.
But first, the Yankees and Marlins had to get through Game 6 on Saturday. Returning to Yankee Stadium after three sunny, humid days in south Florida, the Yankees picked up where they left off in terms of historical first pitches, patriotic pregame ceremonies and, of course, celeb sightings to boot.
Legendary Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard introduced the 40 cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point who unfurled a giant American flag in shallow center field.
Sheppard then introduced two Yankee legends who were to throw out the ceremonial first pitches. In honor of the 100th World Series game played at Yankee Stadium, Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra commemorated the occassion, and how could there be a better selection? The two have combined for 25 World Series appearances and 16 World Series rings. In the 1950s and '60s, they were one of the most famous batteries in baseball history.
You never know who you're going to see in the lobby of Yankee Stadium during a World Series. On Saturday, Spike Lee, Tom Arnold and Joe Piscopo snuck in largely unnoticed. Still other famous folks were also spotted in the prime seats, including Macaulay Culkin, Alyssa Milano, Peter Gallagher, Chris Masterson ("Malcolm in the Middle"), and three stars of "That 70's show" -- Danny Masterson, Mila Kunis and Wilmer Valderrama.
And of course, a World Series in New York just wouldn't be complete without two of the Big Apple's most famous residents, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.