The Yankees have already sent CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett to the mound on 3 days rest in the 2009 World Series to varying degrees of succes. Tiring of such considerations of wear and tear, however, is Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, who asks the St. Louis Dispatch’s Rich Hummel, “A pitcher can’t pitch with three days’ rest? Some of those guys make $8 million a week.”
“What’s the big deal?” Gibson said Monday night. “I don’t get it. I don’t think it’s going to kill somebody.”
I don’t imagine you’d want to do that all year,” Gibson said. “But for playoffs and World Series … if you can’t do it then, when the hell can you do it? I don’t quite get it.
“I just think they make a little too much about it. I don’t know who it is ” if it’s the media or what.”
While Charlie Manuel discussed the rest matter with Cliff Lee, Gibson said he never had any such conversations with managers Johnny Keane and Red Schoendienst.
“Nobody ever sat down with me and said, ‘Would it be OK if I pitch with three days’ rest?’ I told them, ‘I’m going to pitch every fourth day.’
“I would have been disappointed if I hadn’t.”