Yankees reliever John Wetteland, who has tied a World Series record with three saves, doesn't understand all the fuss about his messy hat.
For about the past five years, Wetteland has worn the hat he was issued in spring training for the entire year. This year's model is coated with dirt and sweat stains after the long season.
"I'm not superstitious," Wetteland said. "It's interesting that it's an issue now. It's amusing to me. I'll probably put it in the Smithsonian and have them run tests on it.
"Actually," he quipped, "it'll probably walk there all by itself."
Joe Torre's Yankees weren't the only ones with a new lease on life Friday: the manager's brother, Frank, received a long-awaited heart transplant in an operation serendipitously performed on a World Series day off.
The Yankees skipper was not at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center during the four-hour operation. Frank Torre, an ex-major leaguer, is expected to give his new heart a workout tonight by watching the Yankees go for the clincher in Game Six.
Frank Torre, 64, waited 4 1/2 months for his new heart.
Negotiators for players and owners just about finalized the long-sought labor agreement on Friday, then spent the day arguing about when to announce it.
The players' association wants the deal announced immediately, before owners consider whether to ratify it, sources on both sides said.
Acting commissioner Bud Selig doesn't want an announcement until after owners meet to consider the contract, which if approved would end a labor war that has lasted nearly four years and included a 232-day strike that sharply decreased interest in the sport.
Selig hasn't scheduled an owners meeting but management negotiator Randy Levine hopes it will take place next week.
Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco filed lawsuits Friday against three out-of-state ticket brokers allegedly charging "sky high" prices for prized seats to Series games at Yankee Stadium.
The lawsuits charge the three ticket resellers with violating New York's Arts and Cultural Affairs Law, which makes it unlawful to resell tickets for more than the face value or the established price of the ticket, plus $5 or 10 percent of the established price, whichever is greater, plus lawful taxes.
The weather forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy, low in the lower 50s.