10/27/2002 01:30 am ET
Mike Scioscia post-game quotes
Mike Scioscia, Angels manager
Can you just tell us who is going to
start tomorrow and why?
We're going to go with
John Lackey tomorrow. With Ramon Ortiz's
wrist, I think we can use him at some point, but I
don't know about the length. We'd like John to
start and try to get into some rhythm, give him a
chance to pitch a little bit.
As with tonight, if it was a tied game in
extra innings, we could have used Ramon.
Just, his hand feels fine. We're just not
sure what kind of length he can give us. We're
going to start with John.
Can you talk about (Scott) Spiezio's at-bat,
just go through it, what you saw, how good it
Well, had some decent
cuts, but Felix (Rodriguez) was getting some balls in good
location away. That home run, I think he pulled a
little more over the plate and Spiez didn't miss it
much. He battled the whole way. He fought a
bunch of tough pitches off. They were coming in
hard, too. He had good heat on those.
Did you think it was out?
I knew he got a good
portion of it. I didn't know if it was too high. But I
thought it was going to be close.
Can you talk about the conflicting
emotion of being down 5-0, but also having the
confidence in your team that you could come
You know, you're
battling out to out. Our bullpen has been taxed a
little bit, but we're getting it done.
I'm not preoccupied with the score. It's just
one piece of the puzzle. We're battling a defensive
side of the game, too. You know, I thought if we
could get some hits strung together, we were going
to happen as quickly as it did. But it was great to
This game is going to be talked
about an awful lot. It's going to go down in
baseball history. I don't know quite how to
articulate it. How much of it was about magic,
the things we all watch sports for?
It was a great ballgame.
I think when you have two teams that have such a
passion to strive for something, as any two teams
in the World Series would, particularly, our club
and the Giants, we're both going after it hard. I
think when you have those two teams like that,
there's always special things that can happen.
Tonight was one of them.
Of all the big games that you've
been a part of, have you ever been a part of
anything quite like that?
I can go back to the
Kirk Gibson game in '88. I think there was about
as much electricity in that stadium as there ever
was. I think tonight surpassed that.
It seems like a heavyweight fight
going to the 15th round. Hardly any pitching
left on either side. Can you talk about that, if it
has the same feel for you?
Well, hopefully, we'll
reload tomorrow. Yeah, it definitely has the same
feel, no doubt about it. The day off yesterday
helped us a little bit. But I think both clubs have
been using their pens a lot in this series.
Tomorrow, I think we're going to have
enough to get some matchups we need. I'm sure
they feel the same way on the other side. Seventh
game of the World Series, so I think everything's
up for consideration. We'll see how it goes.
But, no doubt, both side's pitching staffs, in
particular, bullpens, have been taxed.
Honestly, did you ever, during the
course of that game, think to yourself, "It's
been kind of a nice run, what do I say to the
Did Scott's home run change the
atmosphere in the dugout? What kind of lift
does that give a team at that point?
You know, our guys --
our dugout has a great atmosphere. They battle
the whole way. When you get something like that,
it naturally will give you a lift. That certainly did. I
mean, you have to try to get back in the game at
some point. That home run was huge.
Why did you switch catchers?
We pinch-hit for Bengie (Molina)
in, I guess it was the seventh inning, right after
Spiez's home run, we pinch-hit for Bengie.
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