10/23/2002 03:30 am ET
Scott Spiezio post-game quotes
Scott, in a postseason, it's hard to
pick one guy out of your lineup. It seems the
last game it was Tim Salmon, tonight (Darin) Erstad
and yourself. Is that the key to your club's
Yeah, I think the depth
of our hitters is key. But the whole club is key. I
mean, the bullpen, the starting pitching.
But the thing about this team is we have
faith in each other and faith in ourselves. I think
that's why we're able to score a lot of runs,
because everybody knows that one run isn't
enough, two runs aren't enough. No matter how
many runs we score, we're going to go up there
and act like that's the biggest at-bat we've ever
I think that's why we're able to put together
some big innings.
You batted around six times in this
postseason. What is it about your style of play,
the make-up of your lineup that allows for so
many big innings?
I think just what I just
said. No matter how many runs we score, we feel
like the at-bat that we have going up there is a
huge at-bat. We're going to give it everything we
have to get on base. That's the key to this team, is
guys like (David) Eckstein and Erstad getting on base for
the guys behind them.
We don't hit a lot of home runs. We have
in the postseason, but we don't rely on them. We
rely on guys like Eckstein and Erstad getting on
base and the guys behind them either getting them
over or getting them in. Sometimes getting them in
means hitting a ground ball to second or hitting a
sac fly or squeeze bunt. Every guy on this team
can do just about everything, and that's why we're
able to score a lot of runs.
You talk about the way (Mike) Scioscia's
style of managing complements what you
already do, the hit and runs, just his motion
Mike Scioscia, he's
kind of like a National League manager. He's
very aggressive. The great thing about him is he's
stayed aggressive in the postseason. That's why
we're here. We're aggressive on the base paths.
He's stayed aggressive through every series.
It's something that a lot of us had to get
used to, but we got used to it pretty quickly. It's
worked out for us.
Two questions. First of all, do you
feel like you guys are wearing down the
opponent like you did with the Yankees and
Twins? Second of all, if you could talk about
how big this is for you, it took you a while to
become a player, but to contribute the way you
have tonight and throughout the postseason.
I don't know if we're
wearing down those guys. This is the World
Series. Everybody on both teams is going to
leave everything they have on the field. At the end
of this, we have a lot of time to rest.
So, they're a great club. We're not
wearing them down. They're not wearing us down.
We're just going out there and battling each other
until this thing's over, the last out's made in the
series. Everybody's going to be giving 100
As far as me, personally, it's been great.
The opportunity has been awesome. This year, it's
been -- something I've been asking for for the last
couple years, early in my career with Oakland, I
had the opportunity to play every day. Last couple
years before this, I wasn't playing every day.
It's something that I knew if I got the
opportunity, that I'd be -- I think I'd be better
offensively with the more consistent at-bats.
Coming in to Spring Training, I didn't know what it
was going to be like. I just figured I'd control what I
could control, get myself mentally and physically
ready to win this job, if the opportunity arose. I
didn't know if it would or not, but I was ready.
I think Shawn Wooten getting hurt
probably opened the door to me to hit off lefties. It
was unfortunate for him, but it was probably the
reason that I got to hit off the lefties. Opened the
door for me to win that everyday job. It's
something that has been awesome this year.
To be a part of the World Series is
something I've dreamed about my whole life.
Scott, could you have placed that
triple any better?
(Smiling). It seemed
like my legs weren't moving that fast around there.
I didn't know if I was going to make it to third. This
is a big park. The ball doesn't carry that well
unless you're Barry Bonds.
But I knew I was going to try to keep it out
of the air. It's a huge park. That's my philosophy,
most of the season, is just try to keep the ball out
of the air. If I happen to get one up and it carries
out, that's a bonus. But I'm looking to keep the ball
on the line and drive in runs.
I know your father played in a few
World Series. How much did he play? How
many hits did he get? What did he tell you
about playing in that kind of a game?
I'm not sure on the
stats. I think he was either -- I'm not positive. I
think he got one hit and had maybe two or three
at-bats. He was in three World Series, won two of
them, won in '64, '67, lost in '68.
It was a different time. Didn't have that
many teams. I think he went right to the World
Series. His team was basically an All-Star team.
He basically has been preparing me my whole life
for this moment. We had drills that we'd do. He'd
pitch me batting practice every day, and we'd
always end it with a situation where I'd be in the
World Series. I think that's probably the reason I
feel comfortable here, because I've done that in my
head so many times as I grew up, from age three
till probably a couple years ago is the last time we
did stuff like that.
But my whole life I've been working with
him for this situation.
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