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10/29/2001 02:24 AM ET
Muskat: D-Backs prepare for the Big Apple
Up 2-0, the D-Backs must now deal with the Yankee faithful.
PHOENIX -- Here's Randy Johnson's guide to Yankee Stadium:

If you get booed, consider it a compliment. The fans are loud and knowledgeable. And make sure to stop in Monument Park.

"Just buckle up," Johnson said. "You're in for a ride."

The Diamondbacks can't wait.

Arizona travels east with a 2-0 cushion in the best-of-seven World Series, which resumes Tuesday on New York's home turf.

"Yankee Stadium is like a cathedral to me," Arizona's Matt Williams said. "To step on the field that all the great players stepped on, that's the way I look at it. Not necessarily in awe, but it's a privilege to play there. I, for one, am honored to go there and play."

Williams hit a three-run homer in Game 2 Sunday to back Johnson's 11-strikeout, complete-game, 4-0 win that will likely result in a very quiet plane ride home for the Yankees.

The D-Backs can't relate to quiet, so they may fit in well in New York.

"The fans there are like none other," said Arizona lefty Brian Anderson, who will start Game 3 against five-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens. "New York fans are special ... and I love going in there because they can be obnoxious. They may be mean, but they are witty."

Anderson has heard some clever comments from New York Mets fans, most of which cannot be repeated here.

"They say something that's a slam against you or your family or whoever else they want to take a shot at. It's funny," he said. "But you don't want them to see you laughing at it because you're supposed to be getting locked in for a game."

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New York is unlike anywhere else. And if the D-Backs can make it there, they'll win the World Series.

"This is everybody's dream, to be here and to be playing the Yankees," Johnson said. "It's the biggest stage in sports."

The city is still mending from the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, and several of the Diamondbacks players will visit Ground Zero on Monday.

"That's reality, unfortunately," Johnson said.

The Arizona contingent doesn't expect a warm response from the Yankee fans, who chanted "Sayonara," "Overrated" and "No Game 6" at Seattle during the clinching game of the American League Championship Series.

"It's a great place to play," Anderson said.

"We know it's going to be loud. We know it's going to be hostile," Arizona Manager Bob Brenly said. "We know that Yankee fans are the most rabid in the world. They prove that every year at this time."

The Diamondbacks will work out Monday. Expect first baseman Mark Grace in uniform way before they start. He was dressed and ready to go Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for the 6 p.m. start. Grace is eager to see Yankee Stadium for the first time.

"I can't wait," Grace said. "I want to go there at 4 in the morning when we get there."

Hey, it's the city that never sleeps.

Who's sizzling: Randy Johnson won his first World Series start, striking out 11 and going the distance in the first World Series complete-game shutout since teammate Curt Schilling accomplished the feat in 1993 when he was pitching for Philadelphia.

Who's fizzling: Leadoff batter Tony Womack is 0-for-8 in the two games. It doesn't seem to matter.

Fearless prediction: It'll be a fun plane ride east Sunday night. Game 3 starter Brian Anderson is no Randy Johnson, and throws more like Jamie Moyer. Moyer was 3-0 against the Yankees this year. But Anderson's first World Series start will be against Roger Clemens. Schilling should get ready for Game 4.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com.