10/28/2002 03:26 am ET
Mike Scioscia post-game quotes
Mike Scioscia, Angels manager
Mike Scioscia is in the
interview room. Anything you want to say, Mike?
First thing I want to say,
I want to congratulate the San Francisco Giants
on not only an incredible series against us, but an
incredible season. Those guys are National
League champions, they brought a great game
that we had obviously our hands full trying to whip.
What a great series. Dusty (Baker) had those guys ready
They played a great series, a great team.
I'd like to congratulate the Giants on a great
season. They're an incredible team. They played
a great series, they really did.
We talk about your pitching, the
amazing way they were able to go through the
Giants with (John) Lackey, (Brendan) Donnelly's two huge
innings. Talk about that.
We knew we were
going to be thin tonight. The pieces of the jigsaw
fit perfectly. I think that's a credit to the way John
Lackey pitched, Brendan Donnelly, two incredible
innings, and Frankie Rodriguez, who had thrown
40 some pitches last night, to come back and give
us an eighth inning like that, then Troy Percival
finishing it up. What an effort from our pitchers,
especially since we've been going to them quite a
How do you explain John Lackey,
125 days in the Major Leagues, pitching Game
7, three days' rest, how do you explain that?
I think it's the makeup
of John Lackey. You just have to look at what
he's all about. This guy is not going to rattle, he's
not going to be intimidated. If he's going to go out
there and get beat, the other team is going to have
to do it. I think he showed that tonight.
What an effort from a youngster who
started in Triple-A, came up and gave us a big lift
in our rotation the second half of the season. But
to come back pitching out of the pen, during
playoffs, coming back on three days' rest, he did
everything we could have asked of him. What a
If the Series had ended last night,
Barry Bonds would have likely been the MVP.
Instead, a guy who is a little bit overlooked,
I don't know about Troy (Glaus)
ever being overlooked. He's not overlooked from
I think our whole team did what we had to
do. Troy Glaus stepped up and did what
big-game players do in a series like this. The hits
he got for us were incredible. Just his presence in
the lineup was incredible.
Although it is a team effort, I think Troy
absolutely brought his A-game to the series. You
can see how talented he is.
A lot of talk through this series, your
hitting approach, Spring Training. Were things
that bad last year? How radically different was
this team going to have to play to do what you
wanted to do?
Very subtle changes.
Very subtle changes. Our team making the turn in
September last year was eight games over .500
and just a game or two out of a Wild Card berth
before we collapsed in September. The year
before, we weren't eliminated until four games to
go in the season. In my mind, we were
championship-caliber, just needed some things to
fall into place.
One of the things we approached -- we
really emphasized this spring, just looking at our
production last year, was our situational hitting was
one of our Achilles heels last year. For the first
meeting we had in Spring Training, I know Troy was
in that meeting with four or five other guys. He
remembers it well. We talked about the type of
offense we needed to sustain the long haul, to get
into the playoffs and to get to where we wanted to
We planted the seed, and these guys, they
picked it up and ran with it. They were getting on
each other if they weren't executing in the
situations they needed.
I think that's very rewarding when you see
a team go in a direction that you know is going to
be positive. Our guys certainly did.
In a way, does Brendan Donnelly
epitomize everything your team is about?
You know, it's funny.
People get to a destination by taking different
roads. Certainly, in our club, there's a lot of
players that have taken different roads to get
where we are right now as world champions.
Brendan Donnelly and Ben Weber are two of the
more incredible stories and journeys of
perseverance and guys that never gave up, even
though teams and coaches certainly gave up on
them a number of times.
What Brendan Donnelly has been
through has become part of his makeup, and
maybe he wouldn't be here right now if he didn't
have to experience the tough road he did. This
guy is as mentally tough as they come. I think he
understands what he has to do to get hitters out.
Even though he's been a late-bloomer putting it
together, we would not be here right now if it
wasn't for Brendan Donnelly and the job he did in
our pen this year.
We talk about excising the demons
of this franchise, wining this World
Championship, what it means not only for
yourself, but this community?
It's an incredible lift to
this whole community. Our fan support has been
incredible. I've only been here three years. Troy
has been here a little over four. For me to look at
the past, the Angels, they've had championships
here. They've won divisions. They've never gotten
to the level we have.
This organization has a tremendous
player-development system. They get guys in the
Major Leagues that just never put it together at
the Major League level. I don't look at that as
demons as much as the pieces of a puzzle falling
into place as they did for us this year.
I can't comment on -- everyone talks about
a curse, demons, 40 years to get to the playoffs.
I've only experienced the last three, and they've
been incredible. For us to get to this level is very,
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