With Roger Clemens ailing and Mike Mussina pitching like a Devil Ray, Yankees rookie Ian Kennedy has been thrust into the spotlight. So far he's delivered, going seven innings in his first start and getting the win. Kennedy's continued success could provide to be a big problem for him. He may have to juggle the Yankees and his wedding.
Kennedy is scheduled to be married on October 6th at Westborough Country Club in Kirkwood, Missouri. The problem? Should the Yankees continue leading the Wild Card, they'd be in the midst of the ALDS during that time. The solution should be simple - push back the wedding. Therein lies the problem.
Delaying the wedding isn't quite as easy as you might think. Kennedy's fiancé is Allison Jaskowiak, a basketball player for USC. Her season begins in the middle of October. Two people, two different seasons. Talk about a scheduling nightmare! That, and the 200-250 people who have already received invitations.
Kennedy's success creates what can only be thought of as a good problem to have. Before scheduling the wedding Kennedy checked with Mark Newman, Yankees SVP of baseball operations, and got approval. And it made sense at the time. Kennedy started the year at Class-A Tampa. Who knew he would make such a rapid ascent to the majors?
At this point there's nothing to worry about...yet. But Kennedy and Jaskowiak already have their heads spinning.
"She doesn't want to think about it," Kennedy said. "I try not to think about it because she might get upset."There is some hope out there for Kennedy and Jaskowiak. October 6th is an off day for both AL Series, lying between games 2 and 3. Would it be possible for Kennedy to rush back to Missouri for the wedding and then return for game 3?
October 6th is a long way off. There are 23 games remaining in the season, and so much could happen between now and then. It's possible the Yankees might not even make the playoffs. It's also very possible Kennedy could find himself left off the playoff roster. But it's always important to be prepared.
We'll leave the last words to Joe Torre, who was unaware of the potential conflict.
"I didn't get one of the invitations," he said. "We just hope his prospective wife is very understanding."