Grumpy old men

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Grumpy old men

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

SCENE: Inside the New York Yankees steam room. JORGE POSADA sits along one wall, MARIANO RIVERA sits across from him along the other. DEREK JETER sits at the back wall, between his teammates. The silence mixes in heavily with the humidity.

RIVERA: The Yankees I think they want me to change my number.

JETER: Opens one eye What are you talking about, Mo?

RIVERA: I keep hearing they don't like 42. That there's no real future in 42. That 42 is maybe past its prime and its time for the Yankees to move on. See? They want me to change my number.

POSADA and JETER look at each other. They look away.

POSADA: Here we go.

JETER: Gently Mo, I think they're talking about you. Your age. You're turning 42 this year, aren't you?

RIVERA: So what? A 1-0 record and 1.80 ERA is not so bad. I am Mr. Clutch. A living legend! I am the Sandman; I put batters to bed. Get it? That's why they picked that one Metallica song for me...

POSADA: Yeah, Metallica. We get it. I'm guessing Cashman isn't thrilled about the three blown saves.

RIVERA: At least I'm not throwing temper tantrums like you. 'Oh, wah-wah, I got dropped in the order. Time to stomp off to my room and pout.' Maybe you miss your afternoon nap that day, ah, Jorge?

POSADA: Speak for yourself, grandpa.

JETER: Raises arms Guys! Guys! Same team! Same team! You need to be more supportive. You're both going through the same thing. It's tough for any athlete to get older and feel like his time in pro sports is running out. I mean, I can only imagine how hard it is for you. Leans back and shuts his eyes

POSADA and RIVERA stare at JETER.

POSADA: What kind of denial are you snorting right now?

RIVERA: Ya, man. You kidding?

JETER: What? I'm not getting old! What did you do the day I had four hits and two home runs against Texas, Jorge?

POSADA: Oh, I'm sorry. That was what, two weeks ago? Must've forgotten. Shields dressing you down with three strikeouts is a little fresher in my memory, el Capitan.

JETER: Yelling Who's been there for you? I have! Who stuck up for you when you freaked out about being dropped to 9th? I did!

RIVERA: Aside Big baby.

POSADA: Shoots RIVERA a look. Turns back to JETER You stuck up for me because you were scared, didn't you? You're scared that they're going to take you behind the barn, too.

All three men fall silent. JETER starts to cry.

JETER: Minka tells me after I strike out that a man is only as old as he feels.

POSADA: How long you think she's gonna want to feel your old man

JETER: Cuts POSADA off BITE YOUR TONGUE, RATFACE.

RIVERA: I feel like my joints hurt. And I have no control over my bowels.

The room is again silent.

POSADA: Gross.

JETER: Tilts his head back and stares at the ceiling So what do we do?

The three teammates are momentarily lost in thought.

RIVERA: Let's do something fun. I'll call Bernie.

POSADA: Williams?

RIVERA: Ya! I don' think he's busy today. We can all go out to dinner.

JETER: Checks his watch It's 5 o'clock.

RIVERA: Smiles, claps JETER on the back Yes, my friend! But I gotta get to bed soon.

JETER wipes his tears with the back of his hand and laughs.

POSADA: Rolls eyes Oh, come on now.

JETER and RIVERA laugh harder. They stand and walk toward the door.

POSADA: Looks confused Derek, did you seriously think that was funny? Derek?

The door shuts. POSADA sits alone. After a few minutes he stands and walks to the door, hand on his aching shoulder.

POSADA: To no one It wasn't funny.

'Femi's fresh legs changed the tide' in Revs 2-1 over Sounders

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'Femi's fresh legs changed the tide' in Revs 2-1 over Sounders

Jays Heaps joins Revs Postgame Live to discuss his team being able to pull off the 2-1 win against the Seattle Sounders.

Femi's goal gives Revolution 2-1 win over Sounders

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Femi's goal gives Revolution 2-1 win over Sounders

It's the Femi show in New England these days. 

The New England Revolution played out 2-1 winners against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium thanks to a late goal by rookie substitute Femi Hollinger-Janzen. The goal was his second in the Revs' past three games.

With the match knotted at one in the 80th minute, Femi, who entered the game four minutes earlier, received a toe poke pass from Lee Nguyen about 20 yards from goal. The rookie nearly fell over when taking his first touch, but regained his balance before blasting a low strike through traffic inside Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei's left post.

Seattle, missing Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez to international duty, jumped out to an early lead in the seventh minute thanks to homegrown product Aaron Kovar. Kovar, starting for the third time in the past four games, netted his first professional goal when he corralled a poor punch from Revs keeper Bobby Shuttleworth at the top of the box, crossed up a defender as he brought the ball down to his right foot, and slotted home inside the left post.

The Revolution equalized in the 24th minute thanks to a Lee Nguyen penalty.