Originally created 10/26/01

World Series notebook



PHOENIX -- Bob Brenly will look across the field in the World Series and see a man to admire in New York Yankees manager Joe Torre.

"Joe is a master of putting his attitude onto his ballclubs," the Arizona manager said Thursday. "Joe is always very much in control, seems to very confident, very relaxed."

"That's something we've tried to sell our ballclub all year. That's how you succeed in anything you try to do in life," he said.

When Brenly was working for the Fox network as an analyst, he got to see Torre up close in the World Series.

"Because of the way Joe carries himself, I think it's very easy for his players to reflect that same attitude as well," Brenly said.

Asked how his work in television - for Fox and the Diamondbacks - helped prepare him to be a manager, Brenly singled out his access to managers before each game.

"Just the opportunity to sit in the dugout with Bobby Cox for a half-hour before a Tuesday night game and talk about any number of subjects," Brenly said. "Same thing with Tony La Russa, Bobby Valentine, Joe Torre in the postseason."

Brenly was not intentionally laying the groundwork for a managing career.

"Just the opportunity to sit and talk to those guys not realizing that I was gathering information that one day I would use," he said, "but just kind of picking their brains a little bit. I think that was extremely beneficial."

HELPFUL CALLS: On Thursday, Arizona manager Bob Brenly was asked how he was preparing for an opponent the Diamondbacks never have faced.

He ran down the usual sources - extensive, detailed report from his scouts and recollections from Arizona players who have faced the Yankees.

Then he added another unexpected source of information.

"We've had a lot of unsolicited offers from other teams to volunteer some of their scouting reports on the Yankees," Brenly said.

Were those American League teams?

"Some were and some weren't," Brenly said.

Did he use the information, and why would the teams make such an offer?

"Yes," Brenly said with a smile, "and I don't know."

POOL PARTY: There are sure to be plenty of TV pictures from the pool at Bank One Ballpark during the World Series. A few details about the water beyond the right-center field fence:

- the main pool is 4 1/2 feet deep. There also is a hot tub.

- the area rents for $7,000 a game during the season and accommodates 35 people.

- it is about 405 feet from home plate to the pool.

- Mark Grace hit the first home run into the water, doing it when he played for the Chicago Cubs.

- among the rules, printed near a life preserver: "Guests wearing obscene or indecent clothing will not be allowed into the pool area. Example: Thong style swimming suits."

NEW LOOK: The baseballs at the World Series will specially made to include a stars-and-stripes bunting pattern.

"These baseballs were designed to reflect the patriotic mood in America since Sept. 11," Howard Smith, senior vice president for licensing for Major League Baseball Properties, said Thursday.

Balls with American flags will be used for the ceremonial first pitches Saturday night in Arizona and Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Both balls will be distributed for retail sale and portions of the revenue will be donated to relief organizations and charities.