Playoffs would change October wedding for Yankees' Kennedy
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."
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