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Playoffs would change October wedding for Yankees' Kennedy

9/6/2007 - MLB Ian Kennedy New York Yankees + more

NEW YORK -- If Ian Kennedy has to postpone his wedding, it
will be for a really good reason.

Scheduled to be at Westborough Country Club in Kirkwood, Mo.,
for his wedding on Oct. 6, the rookie pitcher might have to be on
the mound for the New York Yankees in a playoff game.

The 22-year-old right-hander, engaged to Southern California
basketball player Allison Jaskowiak, zoomed through the minors this
year and made his major league debut Saturday, beating the Tampa
Bay Devil Rays. With Roger Clemens injured and Mike Mussina
struggling, Kennedy could figure into postseason plans.

"She doesn't want to think about it," Kennedy said. "I try
not to think about it because she might get upset."

About 200-250 people are expected for the church wedding and
reception, according to Jaskowiak's father, Dennis.

"I'm kind of taking it game by game," Allison Jaskowiak said.
"If it happens when he's on the postseason roster, we'll deal with
it as it comes."

Because Kennedy plays baseball and his fiancee is on a college
basketball team, finding common time off for the wedding was
difficult. Before scheduling the event, the pitcher checked early
this year with Mark Newman, the Yankees senior vice president of
baseball operations.

"He said this year would be better than any year," Kennedy
said. "I don't know what we're going to do if I do play in the
playoffs. I guess I'll have to worry about it when it happens."

Kennedy was selected by the Yankees with the 21st pick of last
year's amateur draft and received a $2.25 million signing bonus.
After pitching at Class-A Staten Island last year, he was a
combined 12-3 with a 1.91 ERA this year at Class-A Tampa, Double-A
Trenton and Triple-A Scranton.

"Going into this season, I was thinking Double-A was fine. It's
just been a wonderful experience," Allison Jaskowiak said.

A 5-foot-11 shooting guard and forward, Jaskowiak started 21
games for USC last season, averaging 3.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3
assists and 24.8 minutes.

Many weddings have complicated planning. Kennedy's call-up could
force last-minute alterations to his ceremony, depending on whether
the Yankees make the postseason and decide to put him on the
roster. And if there isn't a rainout, Oct. 6 is scheduled to be an
off day in the AL playoffs.

"We haven't talked about it until recently," Dennis Jaskowiak
said. "Worst comes to worst, hopefully he'll be able to come in
for at least the one day, and then we can still have the reception
and the ceremony."

Yankees manager Joe Torre wasn't aware of the potential
conflict.

"I didn't get one of the invitations," he said. "We just hope
his prospective wife is very understanding."