10/14/2002 7:29 pm ET
MLBeat: Goodwin in for Sanders
By Josh Rawitch / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- After nine playoff games with the same starting eight players, manager Dusty Baker made a change to his lineup for
Game 5, as Tom Goodwin will start in right field in place of Reggie Sanders.
The move was made because Sanders has just one hit in his last 16 at-bats and is hitless in 14 plate appearances against St. Louis
starter Matt Morris, while Goodwin has four hits in six at-bats against the right-hander.
Incredibly, Sanders is not the coldest Giant when it comes to swinging the bat. Kenny Lofton, who walked, singled and homered off Morris in
Game 1, has not registered a hit in 15 at-bats since being brushed back and provoking a bench-clearing incident in the fifth inning of that
"They're pitching him tough," said Baker of Lofton. "He's hitting balls hard. ... He's hitting the ball better than 0-for-15. It doesn't take long to
go 0-for-15 in the leadoff spot."
If Morris plans on rekindling the fire in Game 5, he wasn't leading on when he addressed the media on Sunday.
"You know what, I didn't even see his trot," said Morris. "I was turned around looking at the ball to see if it was going to get out. I think the
home run irritated me, whether it was him or anybody else."
Looking ahead: While no one on the Giants wants to get ahead of themselves, they realize that just three teams have ever
overcome a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series to advance to the World Series.
With that in mind, Baker spoke with his former Giants teammate, Bud Black, to congratulate the Angels' pitching coach on advancing to the
Fall Classic. Baker was once a teammate of Anaheim skipper Mike Scioscia and several Angels coaches, including Alfredo Griffin, Mickey
Hatcher and Ron Roenicke, but his heart was not completely with the Halos during the ALCS. Baker also spoke Monday with Minnesota
reliever Mike Jackson, a former player of his.
As for the other Anaheim connections, they run deep in the Giants' clubhouse. One of the more interesting sidebars to a potential Wild Card
World Series would be former high school teammates Russ Ortiz and Brad Fullmer squaring off on a national stage.
The duo played together at Montclair Prep High School in Van Nuys, Calif., where they were unable to compete in the playoffs during Ortiz's
senior year and Fullmer's junior season.
"The school did something and we got put on probation," said Ortiz. "I guess they gave [the school] an option, from what I understand,
instead of penalizing the football team for years, they penalized the whole school for one year. So we were going for three CIF titles in a row
and that was probably the best team we had, but we weren't able to play."
Lofton and reliever Scott Eyre are the only Giants to have faced the Angels this season; both spent time in the American League before
coming to San Francisco. In fact, Eyre watched from the bullpen on April 27-28 when Anaheim shortstop David Eckstein hit a grand slam on
back-to-back nights, including a game-winning shot in the 14th inning of the latter game.
"They say Eckstein's motto is, 'Get the little things done,' but he's not the only one on the team that gets the little things done," said Eyre.
"Scioscia was a National League catcher. He bunted guys over in the American League, which a lot of American League teams don't do."
Eyre said that he and his former Blue Jays teammates had a theory on how to beat the Angels.
"It was kind of a joke when [I was] with Toronto -- don't look at the Rally Monkey or he'll jinx you," he said. "It's a neat little thing that they came
up with, and whatever works..."
Jason Schmidt, who will start Game 6 of the NLCS in St. Louis if it is necessary, had not even heard about the popular primate who has
helped guide the Angels to their first World Series berth in team history. But Schmidt, who hails from the same hometown as Black and
often takes part in offseason fundraisers with the Anaheim coach, did not seem concerned about the Rally Monkey.
"We've got Shrek," he said, pointing to the upside-down stuffed animal that has been hanging near rookie Ryan Jensen's locker since late in
the season, when the Giants began their run toward the World Series.
Josh Rawitch is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.