George Frazier's wife is expecting a baby in six weeks. That's the beginning of the world; losing three games in the World Series isn't the end of it.
The last man to lose three games in a World Series was Claude Williams of the Black Sox, and they weren't trying. Frazier had not heard of him. "You'll have to excuse me," he said. "I don't know that stuff. I guarantee you one thing, I was giving it everything I had.
"It's (the record) in there. That's more than a lot of guys can say. Good or bad, I'm in there. If I was still with the Cardinals, I'd be home fishing or mending fences . . . I know I can pitch. If not here, then somewhere else. I hope here."
George Steinbrenner, the Yankee owner, stopped by, making his condolence calls. "Tough, tough," he said. "Don't you worry."
Frazier sighed, perhaps feeling the weight of a 17.18 Series ERA. "I told somebody to get the voodoo lady off of me. She stuck a pin in me somewhere."
Frazier lost the third and fourth games of the Series in Los Angeles, and tonight he lost the sixth and final one, pitching one inning, the fifth, and giving up three runs. He stayed in the dugout, watching for a while, then retreated to the locker room to watch the rest of the team unravel. Reserve catcher John Oates told him to get lost. "He said, 'I don't want the roof falling in on me."
In truth, the roof fell in on all the Yankees. The demolition began when Manager Bob Lemon pinch-hit for starting pitcher Tommy John in the bottom of the fourth inning. John stomped up and down the dugout, shaking his head, saying, "I don't believe it."