10/20/2002 02:24 am ET
Giants post-game quotes
J.T. Snow, Reggie Sanders and Dusty Baker
J.T., pretty amazing play when you
bounced down and up. You kept your focus.
Snow: Yeah, luckily I fell on my back
side so I was able to keep my head up and keep
concentrating on the ball. I grabbed that netting
right there and pulled myself up, made the catch.
You suddenly go away?
Snow: Yeah, I was just saying after
the game, after that play happened, that's
dangerous, whatever they call that stuff. I'm
surprised that nobody caught that or saw that,
because I would hate for somebody to get hurt and
miss a chance at playing the World Series. I don't
think that's up to Major League standards, that
tarp or that turf or whatever you call it around the
So, one of their players had said a lot of
guys had done that on different teams through the
course of the year, so at least we know now, I
guess. Let's hope no one gets hurt.
Dusty, what does it do to the team
when Barry Bonds leads off the second inning
with that home run?
Baker: Well, it gives us a 1-0
lead, number one, and gives Jason (Schmidt) a 1-0 lead.
You always want the lead.
For Barry to start off like that, a series like
that, that's a very good sign. He was really, really
focused and kind of quiet today and into what he
had to do. So, I mean, that was big for us and big
J.T., when you were a kid, did you
dream about hitting a home run in this stadium,
in the World Series?
Snow: Probably. I think every kid
dreams of playing in the World Series.
But this place has changed so much since
I was here, this stadium's new, new uniforms, the
fans are all dressed in red. It's pretty much a
different place. I'm just trying to get a hit, that
at-bat, just trying to hit the ball hard. Luckily, I got
ahead in the count and was able to hit it over the
Dusty, the Angels this postseason
have excelled at hitting with runners in scoring
position. Tonight you held them. Just
wondered if you could comment on your
pitching in those situations, with runners in
Baker: Our pitchers did a great
job of stopping those guys from hitting with runners
in scoring position, particularly they had two
opportunities where Jason made quality pitches. I
mean, real quality pitches on Darin Erstad and
another quality pitch on Tim Salmon that J.T.
made that great play on. Those were big plays.
This team putting pressure on the opposition.
They run a lot. They hit and run a lot. Didn't really
rattle our pitchers that much.
I tell you, they did a great job. Our bullpen
did an outstanding job. Actually, both teams did an
outstanding job in the bullpen. We wouldn't be
where we are and I'm sure they feel the same way
about their bullpen as we do.
We hate to see those opportunities out
there, but at the same time, once they get out
there, you got to figure out how to get out of it.
J.T., for those of us who aren't familiar with the story, could you walk us
through your childhood history with this
Snow: I grew up in Seal Beach,
which is about 20 minutes from here, went to Los
Alamitos High School, which is probably about 20
minutes, started coming around as a kid, followed
the Dodgers and Angels. Was out here, dad
used to take me to ball games. In '79, we really
got into it with that team they had.
When I was old enough to come to games
by myself, get my driver's license, me and buddies
would come here, buy the cheap seats, sneak
down behind the dugout in the seventh inning,
security guards would chase us around looking for
It's a place I came to as a kid and as a
teenager and was a big Angel fan.
Reggie, were you surprised at the
number of home runs hit tonight? Talk about
the blast you hit.
Sanders: This is definitely a
very good ballpark to hit in. We knew coming in
here it's a big difference from our ballpark versus
this one, the ball carries a lot more.
Tonight, it was one of those things where
Barry got us started with that home run, fastball up
and in. And for myself, it was a fastball away,
stayed on it very well, and for me, when I'm going
to rightfield like that with authority, I know that my
swing is where it needs to be.
The other guys, they were able to --
(Troy) Glaus capitalized on two great pitches that
Schmidt threw up in the zone. He was able to get
up on top of it.
But for the most part, it was a well-played
game. It was definitely a stressful game. But
nonetheless, we pulled it off.
Can you go on, you struggled so
much against St. Louis. All of a sudden, first
game here, you snap out of it. Could you feel it
coming in the practices, during the week?
Sanders: Absolutely right. I
felt extremely well today. Those four days that I
had off and the day that Dusty gave me off at
home gave me a chance to work on what I needed
to work on and definitely today was a good
testament to that. I saw the ball extremely well.
It's just a matter of just getting in good hitting
position early and going from there. So those four
days helped me out.
J.T., you've been gone a long time
from Anaheim. Is there any sense of
Snow: No, not really. Not at all. I
mean, this is pretty much a new place, a new
stadium, new uniforms. I only think there's maybe
four or five guys and one coach that are still here.
So, it's pretty much a different place. We
didn't have any rally monkey (laughter) or rally
animal when I was here.
But it doesn't make it feel very -- it still felt
pretty good, it always feels good to do well against
your old team. But we're just trying to win every
day and take one day at a time like we've been
doing all postseason. It seems like it's been a
different guy every night or every game,
somebody's coming through big. That's a sign of a
good team. Tonight was my chance. Who knows
who it will be tomorrow. Benito Santiago did a
great job against the Cardinals. We'll see what
J.T., what did you hit on the home
run? What are you looking for in that
situation? Does that take any of the sting out
of kind of a down year, offensively, for you?
Snow: I was looking for a fastball, I
went to 3-0. I got the take, so I took and got a
good look at the pitch. My second at-bat, I thought
I had a really good at-bat, worked a walk, made
him throw good pitches. I had some good swings.
I saw the ball pretty well off him. I don't know if we
faced him or I ever faced him before.
I was just trying to stay inside the ball and
drive it to left center because I kept fouling balls off
my second at-bat. I like the way that guy pitches.
He comes at you. He throws his fastball, and
challenges you, Jason Schmidt did the same
thing to their team. That makes for a good game.
That makes two guys that are proud of their
fastballs that throw it and challenge you and play
the game the way it used to be played, not backing
down from anybody.
You like to play games like that.
J.T., you said the stadium is
different. Is it easier to see in the twilight than
it was under the old configuration?
Snow: Yeah. The sun hasn't been
out in three days we've been here. I don't know if
it's the marine layer or smog or whatever. But it
makes it better when the sun's not out. The sun
goes down a little bit earlier now later in the season
than it does in the summertime or at the beginning
of the season.
It's always been a good place to hit, here,
and to have a real nice big, green backdrop out
there that you see the ball pretty good at the plate.
We play in the toughest hitting ballpark there is in
the Major League. Any time we go somewhere
else, we feel like it helps us out a little bit. We
know if we put good swings on the ball that we got
a chance to drive it somewhere and hit home runs.
This is for J.T. and I'd like Dusty to
chime in. J.T., have you ever made quite a play
like that, where absolutely lying on your back,
get up to make a play? Dusty, have you seen a
guy laying flat like that and recover in time to
catch a ball like that?
Snow: I don't think I've ever made a
play like that, where I fell down and got back up.
But like I said, good thing I fell on my back side,
because I was able to keep looking at the ball.
I called Benito off that ball right when it
went up. I just tried to stay with it because you
can't call a guy off then expect him to pick you up
(laughter). I called it the whole way, kept calling it
when I was laying down. Luckily, the net was
there. I grabbed onto the net and pulled myself up.
Baker: When I was a kid, I saw
Roberto Clemente in Dodger Stadium. He fell
down like that and flipped his sunglasses down
and made a play like that on his back.
One year, bases were loaded in
Pittsburgh, I had Astroturf shoes on, they had that
cinder warning track out there. For that moment, I
had a flashback of Roberto Clemente and bases
loaded, I caught the ball on my back, I couldn't
believe it, he couldn't believe it. Had I not seen
Roberto Clemente do it, I didn't have the
presence of mind to stand up. I just stayed on my
back and caught it. For that moment I did
something similar to Roberto Clemente.
Dusty, I know it's still a
best-of-seven, but how big is it to take Game 1?
Baker: It's real big.
Best-of-seven, we have three victories to go. Any
time you can come in and win Game 1, that's not
the whole series, but it definitely gives you -- it
jump starts you for the series. So now we have a
big game tomorrow before we go back home and
all through these playoffs we've -- we've had to
win on the road. We've been a very good road
team throughout these entire playoffs.
Reggie, can you talk about your
approach to Washburn? He only gave up 19
home runs in over 200 innings. You guys take
him out three times. Just your approach, what
did you talk to Gene about in your meetings
before you faced him today?
Sanders: We know that he
loves his fastball. So we were geared up to hit off
his fastball. He knew that he was a guy that kept
the ball up in the zone and he made the mistake of
keeping the ball down. That's why I was able to
capitalize on it.
For the most part, he loves his fastball,
didn't have his changeup working, really didn't
have his slider working. Just went back to his
fastball, so we were ready for it.
J.T., when you hit a home run, you
put your head down and go around the bases.
This time, you gave yourself a little pump.
Describe your emotion right around that time.
Snow: I really can't remember. It
was pretty exciting, to hit a home run in a World
Series. But I was just happy that it got us a couple
runs because it was such a tight game right there,
that put us up 4-1.
But I think we have so much adrenaline
and we're so into the game, it's hard to remember
what you do out there. I think it's just excitement
and there's so much emotion that goes into each
inning and all these games. I give the Angels a lot
of credit. Every time we scored, they scored in
their bottom half of the inning. They have a good
team over there, they keep the pressure on you. I
don't know about how these other guys felt, but I
didn't feel too comfortable through the course of
the game, even when we were up 4-1. They got a
good team. It's going to take everything we got to
beat them. It should be a great series.
J.T., did you have a lot of old friends
from Orange County here, old coaches?
Snow: Not too many. Heard from a
few people, but we only get four tickets here so
that goes to the family first. Last thing you want to
do is be playing ticket broker during the World
But I still have a few friends. But for the
most part, most of my family is out of Orange
County, and gone other places.
Dusty, J.T. coming in, has it been a
Baker: J.T. was actually right.
Every day we have a couple guys in the line-up
that seem to match up with whoever they put on
the mound to face us. It's been a team effort. One
day it's David Bell, one day it's J.T., one day it's
Barry, one day Jeff Kent, Rich Aurilia, Reggie.
We've had a number of guys come through
up-and-down our line-up. Like J.T. says, the sign
of a good team, when you really don't know who's
going to hurt you from day-to-day.
I know a couple guys that are headliners,
that get most of the headlines, but we have a great
group of guys here that come to play every day,
that do a number of things to help you, not only at
the bat, but on the field and on the base. We just
have a well-rounded team.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, did
any of you gentlemen fear the Rally Monkey?
Snow: I didn't. It's great for the fans,
I guess. If it's got them a few wins, that's great.
But I've yet to see him get a hit or throw a strike or
get somebody out. As long as you keep your
attention on what's going on in the field, that's all
Baker: Reggie, you answer that
Sanders: Wow (smiling)...
I just think that it's good. It brings
excitement to the fans here, because it keeps them
in the game. I think they're excited about the Rally
Monkey. They make money off the Rally Monkey.
But as far as with us, we don't fear the Rally
Monkey. We have one common goal, and that's
try to win.
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