10/27/2002 01:58 am ET
Angels post-game quotes
Troy Glaus and Scott Spiezio
Scott, in all the situational hitting
you did with you and your dad, were you ever
in that situation?
Spiezio: He always seemed to
use it as Game 7. I guess I'll be able to use that
The thing about it is he tried to put me in
the toughest situation so that any other situation
didn't seem as tough. So, tomorrow, it's going to
be real. I'm looking forward to it. But I've used all
that visualization and situational hitting through my
whole career. I used it tonight again.
We're all pretty much aware of how
the Rally Monkey affects the fans. How does it
affect you as players?
Glaus: I think it really gets the
crowd going. They start making a bunch of noise.
They get going. I think, for us, just the fact the
crowd is making noise, yelling, screaming, real
excited about the upcoming situation, it makes
everybody on the team excited and getting ready.
We just want to do it for them.
Spiezio: I've said this a couple
times, these games, they're just incredibly long.
They're mentally, physically draining. To have the
fans get behind you and give you that boost of
adrenaline you need, late in the game, tonight,
they never gave up. We never gave up. It would
have been hard to do without them.
If it takes the rally monkey to get them
going a little bit more, we love it (smiling).
Can you go through the at-bat where
you hit the home run? Did you know it was
gone when you hit it or did you have to watch
Spiezio: I'll just get to that first. I
didn't know it was gone when I hit it.
Did you think it was?
Spiezio: I was praying
(laughter). I was saying, "God, please, just get
over the fence."
Seemed like it took forever.
(Felix) Rodriguez has been tough on me this
whole series. He's been in every game, I think.
Seems like I faced him every time he's come in. I
haven't hit one on the barrel yet. I've just missed
some balls. I kept fouling balls off that at-bat. I
kept telling myself that I was right on it, just keep
looking for a pitch to hit. I finally got one that was
in my zone. I finally got the head on it. Just
enough of it to get it out.
Troy, your at-bat, as well, obviously,
he had the slider going. You worked the count
to 2-1. Were you looking fastball there,
something over the plate?
Glaus: I was looking for,
basically, at that point, hit a ground ball, do
something, try to score one run, tie the ball game
up, give ourselves a little more life.
Fortunately, he left a slider up. I was able
to get it over the outfielders. I was going sac fly,
ground ball to second, whatever. I didn't really
care. I somehow wanted to get Chone in from
What has Mickey Hatcher meant to
the development of the team's hitting? Scott,
in particular, I'd like to ask you the kind of
influence he has had with your offensive
success this season.
Spiezio: I think the best thing
about Hatch is he knows when to leave you alone.
There's a lot of coaches out there that just want to
keep tinkering with everybody, messing with their
mechanics. I think sometimes the best teachers
are people that work with you. When you're at this
level, we all know what our mechanics are, we all
know what our mental makeup is. He's great at
When we need some advice, he'll watch
tapes with you, he'll give you tips here and there.
But if you tell him, "Hey, I don't want any tips right
now, I feel pretty good," he's great at leaving you
alone and on your own. I think that's huge for a
coach to do that.
He helped me a lot. He likes it when I'm
aggressive. In the past, I've had coaches that
wanted me to take more pitches. He's been a guy
that's told me just to be aggressive up there.
That's how I'm going to have my best at-bats.
That's helped me tremendously.
Glaus: Spring Training set up with
where we have lower fields down below.
Sometimes during spring training, Hatch will take
one guy down there, it's been me, a year before
last, a couple guys this year, and he'll just throw
tirelessly, continue to throw, continue to throw, not
say a word until you figure it out.
We are our best coaches. We know what
feels good, we know what doesn't feel good. I
think he kind of swallows his pride a little bit on
that, by not coaching and just throwing and letting
us figure it out until we get to a point where, "OK,
that feels good."
Spiezio: He's a smart hitting
coach. He does give you points that help you out
here and there. He's an incredibly hard worker.
He'll never tell you no if you want extra hitting.
But we're just saying we think the best
point is sometimes he'll swallow his pride and say,
"Hey, I believe in you guys, go and get 'em."
You were 2-20 before the seventh,
8-12 after. It's the fifth time this post-season
that you've come back in such dramatic
fashion. What is it about this team that allows
you to never, ever say "die"?
Glaus: I think it starts from the
top. (Manager Mike Scioscia) breeds that, he never changes.
Regardless of the situation, whether it's the first
inning and we're down 5-0 or it's the eighth inning
down 5-0. Put our at-bats together, get some guys
on base, do something, try to get the offense
going. Tonight, it worked out in the seventh and
Scott, looked like you were -- I don't
know if it was meditation. You closed your
eyes. Talk about what you were feeling after
you got back to the dugout after the home run.
If you could both answer, has it sunk in yet that
you're one win away from winning the World's
Spiezio: After I hit it, yeah, I was
just going over the feeling in my head to try to
remember that. Mentally, it helps me after I have a
successful at-bat to replay it in my head, imbed it in
there for future use.
I was just trying to tell myself that there's
still a long way to go. You're going to have another
important at-bat. I was getting myself prepared for
that next at-bat, as well.
Has it sunk in that one win and
you're the world champions?
Glaus: I don't know about that.
Every team plays in the hopes to have -- to be
able to win the World Series, whether that's the
fourth game or seventh game, I don't think it
matters to anybody. We'll approach tomorrow's
game just like we've approached the last 175 or 80
We'll play hard, we'll play a hundred
percent, we'll leave it on the field, we'll see where
we end up.
Troy, did you think Scott's ball was
out? What kind of boost did that give the team
at that point? Scott, this might be stupid, but is
this the biggest hit you've ever had in your
Glaus: As a base runner in that
situation, when he hit the ball, I wasn't necessarily
worrying about if it was out or not. My job in that
situation is to tag at third base. I put my foot on the
bag, watched the ball, it went over the fence. A
night like tonight, when it was chilly outside, the
ball doesn't carry very well. You never know. I
wasn't going to take anything for granted that it
was gone or anything like that. I was going to run
the bases like we were taught how to run it.
What kind of boost did it give the
Glaus: At that point, he made it
5-3. Obviously, we're a whole lot closer. Coming
back from five runs is difficult. Coming back from
two is not necessarily easier, but a little bit more
viable of a situation. Now we could play the game
like we wanted to. We can steal bases,
hit-and-run, bunt, do things like that.
Was it the biggest ever?
Spiezio: Yeah, it's probably got
to be the biggest hit I've ever had. Situation,
Game 6 of the World Series, us being down.
Giving us a little spark to get back in it.
I knew this team, all it needs is a little
spark. You never know who's going to supply that
spark. Troy did a great job starting it off, getting
on, (Brad) Fullmer with another base hit behind him,
getting on. You can't drive in any runs without
guys in front of you. They did a great job. I think
with some points on the board, that gave the guys
something to shoot for.
We knew we could do it. This team's
amazing. Yeah, I guess it's the biggest at-bat that
I've had in my life and the biggest hit. Hopefully,
we can -- both of us can have two or three of those
You may be too close to the
situation, but can you appreciate how great and
how amazing this game really was?
Spiezio: Yeah, I guess so.
Tonight was pretty amazing. You don't want to
dwell on it, but it was so amazing that you have to
sit back and say, "Wow, that was incredible."
But I think it's going to help us, give us a
lot of confidence, no matter what happens
tomorrow. Until that last out is made again
tomorrow, we'll never give up. We're going to go
out, be aggressive, play our game, have the same
attitude we've had all year.
Glaus: I mean, I think pending a
Game 7 being similar or maybe better, because it's
Game 7, I think it would be one of those things
where you sit back after the season's over and
reflect on it, say, "That gave us our chance, now
we got a Game 7."
When we go to Spring Training, you want to
be able to play in that game to give yourselves a
chance to win the World Series, and we've done
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