10/28/2002 03:41 am ET
Angels post-game quotes
Troy Glaus and John Lackey
Being from the area and having
gone to college not too far away, how much
more sweet is this to do this for the first time in
this area, these fans?
Glaus: I mean, it's great. I think
the feeling would be tremendous no matter where
we were, but for me to be at home, my friends and
family get to be here. They were a part of it. All of
us as players, even playing baseball, they've all
been a part of it. For them to be here watching
and the fan support and everything, unbelievable.
I'm sure you've imagined this
moment, played it over in your heads. Is it
better than you ever imagined it could be?
Glaus: I mean, this is why we
play. This is why we put all the time and effort in.
You know, this is what all the swings against the
garage door when you were a kid, that's what it
brings it up to, this point here. At this point, I don't
even really now how I'm feeling, except ecstatic.
Lackey: That was pretty much it
(smiling). This is unbelievable. The crowd outside,
still there, still going crazy. It's hard to describe.
Troy, to not only win the World
Series, but to be named Most Valuable Player,
describe what that means to you.
Glaus: I mean, it's a great honor,
obviously. But we play for the big trophy with the
pennants on it, not for these. No one guy on this
team has gotten us to this point or carried us
through this point. It's been a team effort all the
way through, 25 guys.
Without everybody contributing, doing their
job, understanding what they were supposed to do,
we wouldn't be here.
John, you've been in the big leagues
125 days. You pitched Game 7 as a rookie on
short rest, and you won. How do you explain
that to us?
Lackey: I don't know. It hasn't
been long ago I was in the minor leagues. I was
given an opportunity. I just wanted to step up and
help these guys out. Luckily, Scios gave me the
ball today. I just really wanted to come out and
give a good effort, give the guys a chance to win.
We have a team that's going to battle for you.
Were you nervous out there today?
Lackey: Not really, no. I mean,
it's an opportunity. It's another challenge. I mean,
it's something you don't -- you get excited about it
more than nervous about it. You want to step up,
you want to beat somebody at this level.
Troy, Mike (Scioscia) mentioned the situational
hitting meeting. Can you talk about that, what
you still brought out of that?
Glaus: I mean, it was very simple.
Our numbers were not in scoring position, and
execution like that were poor last year. He just
said, "We need to step it up. Whether you shorten
your swing, you understand a little bit more of the
situation, what the pitcher is trying to do to you." It
was probably a 30-, 40-minute meeting, talking
with guys between what pitchers try to do to them,
what pitchers try to do to me, as opposed to these
other guys, the other guys that were in the
Basically he just said, "This is a team, we
have a team concept, we play team baseball.
Everybody has a role, and we need to just improve
on that situation."
Will you both talk about the fact that
you guys are a throw-back type team, truly
25-man roster? Maybe your approach and the
way you guys won a championship, other
teams will try to duplicate, going back to the
way baseball should be played, rather than
waiting for the long ball?
Glaus: We have guys on our
team that can hit home runs, and we have in the
post-season. That's not necessarily the approach
we go out with. But if they happen, great. We're
not a team that sits back and waits for a three-run
home run. We try to create situations, put
pressure on the defense and pressure them into
making mistakes and doing things like that, keying
on the situational hitting.
How important was it to you to get
through the fifth inning? Dusty Baker said that
really set up your bullpen. Were you taxed at
all? Were you tired going into the fifth?
Lackey: I mean, I left it all out
there. It was a situation where we've got a great
bullpen. I was putting everything I had into every
pitch, really thinking about it, really trying to
Again, our bullpen stepped up big.
Troy, for those of us who didn't see
it, can you describe the moment you found out
you were the MVP? John, since Troy is
obviously saying it was a team effort, which it
was, can you talk about Troy's contribution to
Lackey: You go ahead, Big Dog.
Glaus: I got it.
I was so excited just about being world
champion. This is just icing on the cake at this
point. I didn't even really know what to think. They
told me to go stand on the stage, so I went and
stood on the stage. That was about it (laughter).
Lackey: As far as about Troy, the
whole team, Troy has been unbelievable whole
post-season. I mean, his numbers speak for
themselves. As far as the other veteran guys on
the team, they've made it possible for the young
guys to come in here and contribute. They made it
a comfortable environment. They took us in. "Go
get 'em. We need you." We ended up stepping up
for them, and now we're all championships.
Troy, are you amazed the
composure that John has shown, not just in
Game 7, but throughout this post-season?
Glaus: I mean, am I surprised?
No. Amazed? Not really. I mean, because I was
there for his first start in Texas, you know. He
gives up a very long home run to A-Rod.
Lackey: Really long (laughter).
Glaus: I went out and talked to
him, expecting to see a guy whose eyes are
looking like golf balls, just to pat him on the fanny
and say, "Let's go." He looked at me and said, "All
right, I got it." That to me was all I needed to see.
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