PHILADELPHIA -- The 4-hour, 14-minute record-setting fourth game of the 90th World Series lasted longer than most video tapes could handle.
One enterprising company will make certain it won't be forgotten. Major League Baseball Home Video, which customarily produces the official World Series home video and team highlight tapes, plans to offer a separate home video of Game 4.
'Perhaps Joe Carter of the Blue Jays summed up things best last night when he said, 'I'll watch a tape of this game maybe 25 or 30 times and still not believe what happened,'' said Geoff Belinfante, senior vice president and executive producer of Phoenix Communications.
The official World Series video will be released Nov. 15.
'You could say it was a fabulous game, you could say it was a bad game,' Toronto Manager Cito Gaston said of the Blue Jays' 15-14 victory over Philadelphia in Game 4. 'The manager looks at whether you win or lose.'
'I went to the University of Arkansas,' Toronto pitcher Todd Stottlemyre said, 'and every game was like this.'
Said Phillies Manager Jim Fregosi: 'In games like this, the team with the last at-bat usually wins. We had the last at-bat. We just didn't get the job done.'
The 11 pitchers combined threw a total of 367 pitches. The Phillies used 17 players; Toronto had 16.
Asked how they felt about games in which two teams combine for 29 runs on 32 hits and 14 walks, the two managers differed.
'Myself, personally, I like pitching,' Fregosi said. 'I'll take a 2-1, 1-0 game.'
'I'm a hitter,' Gaston said. 'I've always liked the wild ones.'
And all this offense occurred without a designated hitter.
'We've had games like this against the Phillies in spring training,' Carter said, 'but you'd never think it would happen in the World Series.'NEWLN: ---
Carter was not happy with an item in the Philadelphia Daily News by columnist Stu Bykofsky, which stated Carter and teammates Paul Molitor and Pat Borders were at 'Delilah's Den, an upscale strip joint' on Monday night.
'I have a lot of pride about my appearance to the public,' Carter said. 'Maybe this guy doesn't. When you can assume that someone did something and didn't, that's wrong.'
Carter said his wife and parents are in Philadelphia, and the item in Thursday's paper was disturbing.
'As a player, we have pride, we have feelings, too,' Carter said. 'You guys (media) may write what you want but this definitely affects a lot of people. It's one of the most ridiculous accusations you can make. 'NEWLN: ---
A scoring change gave Paul Molitor an additional hit in Game 4.
Molitor's ball in the eighth inning originally was ruled an error against Phillies' third baseman Dave Hollins. On Thursday, the official scorers' credited Molitor with a double. Molitor now officially was 2- for-4 for the game. In four games in the Series, Molitor was 8-for-15 (. 533) with six RBI, a homer, a triple and two doubles.NEWLN: ---
Before Game 5 Thursday, Fregosi said his team was ready to go.
'I think they're looking forward to one thing and that's an all- expense paid trip to a foreign country,' Fregosi said.
Anyone watching the World Series, specifically Game 4, must be wondering how these two pitching staff's got to the final.
'I think they're a little worn out,' Fregosi said of his relief corp in need of relief.
Terry Mulholland, normally a starter, was designated for bullpen duty for Game 5 to back up starter Curt Schilling, Fregosi said. Thursday was Mulholland's day to throw on the side.
How will the Phillies use Mulholland?
'Long, short and middle,' Fregosi said.NEWLN: ---
Other notes from Game 4 lost because of the length of the game:
The base hits by Toronto's Al Leiter and Philadelphia's Tommy Greene marked the first time opposing pitchers each recorded hits in the same World Series game since Oct. 12, 1974, when Ken Holtzman and Andy Messersmith each had at least one hit in Game 1.
Leiter's double was only the second in World Series play by an American League pitcher since the designated hitter was introduced to the Series in 1976. Oakland's Mike Moore doubled in the second inning of Game 4 in the 1989 Series.
Toronto shortstop Tony Fernandez has nine RBI, setting an all-time World Series record for a shortstop. Bucky Dent held the previous mark of seven in the 1978 Series. Nine RBI also was the most by a player since Gary Carter drove in nine in the 1986 Series for the New York Mets.
Fernandez and the Phillies' Milt Thompson's five RBI efforts were one shy of the single-game record set by Bobby Richardson of the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1960 World Series.
The last time a player homered twice in a Series game in a losing cause was 1980 when Willie Aikens hit a pair for Kansas City, which lost 7-6 to the Phillies. Lenny Dykstra homered twice for Philadelphia in Game 4.
When Rob Butler pinch hit for the Blue Jays, he became the eighth Canadian-born player to participate in the World Series and the first since Reggie Cleveland of the 1975 Boston Red Sox. Butler was born in East York, Ontario.
The odds were not in the Phillies' favor heading into Game 5. Of the previous 38 Series that have stood 3-1, the team leading has won 32 championships.NEWLN: ---
The Baseball Writers Association of America Thursday passed by a 41- 17 vote an amendment to its constitution that could lead to televising its post-season awards in 1994.
The BBWAA will start announcing its awards next Tuesday, beginning with the Rookie of the Year. The Manager of the Year will be announced Oct. 28-29; the Cy Young award on Nov. 2-3; and the Most Valuable Player on Nov. 9-10.NEWLN: ---
The Blue Jays have won four straight World Series games on the road, dating back to Game 2 of the 1992 World Series.
'Everyone concentrates so hard this time of year and focuses on every pitch and every play that it doesn't matter what park you're in,' Toronto catcher Pat Borders said.NEWLN: --- Phillies' third baseman Dave Hollins said he could go hitless in a three-game series during the regula
r season and no one would pay much attention. Struggle in the World Series, and everyone notices.
'You go 6 for 10, or 6 for 12, then you have an '0-for' and you guys (media) have got to write about it, they've (fans) got to read about it, and I've got to go out there today and try to hit it,' Hollins said. 'People talk about how the middle of the order didn't come through with men on base. We lost 10-3 (in Game 3). I don't know how much of a difference we would've made.'
Hollins, who grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., attended his first major league game in Toronto of all places, watching a game at old Exhibition Stadium.NEWLN: ---
The woman who fell from the second level at Veterans Stadium on Tuesday night was listed in stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital with a fractured right hip and right wrist and a cut over her right eye.
Kathleen Evans, 25, of Drexel Hill, Pa., was saved by Phillies bullpen coach Mike Ryan who was the first to get to her and tookcharge.
'It was kind of scary, seeing that happen,' said grounds crew member Mark Carfagno. 'Everybody was helping but Mike Ryan, he was the star.'