`Nothing to say,' declares Zimmer

Baseball Playoffs

October 12, 2003|By THE BOSTON GLOBE

BOSTON -New York Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer sat in front of his locker last night, a bit bewildered by the crowd of media questioners.

"I have nothing to say," Zimmer said, after he had taken an enraged run at Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez during the fourth-inning fracas between the clubs, then was tossed to the ground by the Red Sox ace. "We won the game. That's all that counts."

In the top half of the inning, Martinez grazed Karim Garcia in the back with a fastball.

Zimmer was eager to take on Martinez because he takes head-hunting personally.

In 1953, playing in the minors, he spent 13 days in a coma after being hit by a fastball. Then, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956, Zimmer was hit in the face by the Chicago Cubs' Hal Jeffcoat and suffered a fractured cheekbone and a damaged eye, which required him to wear a blindfold for six weeks and special glasses for six more and spelled the beginning of the end of a promising career.

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