Could you take us through the
logistical things last night, how you got to the
hotel, what time you got there, were there any
JIM LEYLAND: No problems. This is a
little sideline. So this is great. At our first hotel, my
suite got messed up. I had a room about this big
(indicating one-foot box). Last night when we were
only going to stay in this place for six hours, my
room was big enough that the president could
have had his State of the Union address, cheese,
wine and everything.
With Kenny going tomorrow, could
you just talk about the second half he's had
and what it means to have a guy like that in
your rotation for this kind of series?
JIM LEYLAND: Well, when we signed
Kenny Rogers, that's a great question, because
when we signed Kenny Rogers, a lot of people
said, get ready for the second half, he never
pitches good, this and that. We knew, Chuck and
him had a discussion, there was a stretch where
he was trying to throw the ball too hard to prove to
everybody that he was strong and had enough
strength to go into the second half. He got out of
whack and out of sync a little bit.
And the other thing, to our credit, you've
got to remember something, we knew that Kenny
Rogers was not going to pitching in 110-degree
heat in the second half of the season. So I think
the combination of those things, we got ourselves
a pretty good pitcher, and he's been fantastic.
I appreciate your respect for Joe
Torre, and I've seen it going back how you get
along with managers, going back to Davey in
'86 and all that, so I know you're not casting
stones at him or the Yankees, but why do you
think the Yankees knew enough not to be out
on the field last night and you all were starting
to get ready and your young pitcher was
throwing some balls around?
JIM LEYLAND: To be honest with you, I
don't know the answer to that. I'm just taking a
guess at this. I think the Yankees -- I think that the
Yankees were probably smart enough to have
somebody right with the people from Major League
Baseball at all times and we probably weren't. I
think it was just a matter of, like I said, we have
these weather situations, I mean, you've got to
forgive and forget.
You know, I've heard all this stuff and the
pitchers; pitchers are real sensitive and some
guys, even on normal days during the season, you
know, we're starting on time, you know, I have got
to have so much time to get ready, pitching
coaches, I mean, it is what it is and you make the
adjustments and you don't make any excuses.
The fact that we felt like we were -- got caught on
the short end of the stick a little bit last night,
there's no excuse. That's not going to have any
bearing on who wins or loses this series.
I think that everybody was trying their best.
You know, they had two different weather reports
from did two different services. They were calling
the Commissioner who was in Milwaukee. I mean,
what is he supposed to be able to do? That's
nobody's fault. (Laughter.) Come on, is he looking
at the Milwaukee weather report? (Laughter.)
I felt like it was just, I mean, I got a
confirmed, without question, we're starting at ten
o'clock. This was at 9:30. I said, oh, well, that
gives our guy time. Like I said, I'm on the bench,
my players are on the bench, my pitcher is down
there and all of the sudden my coaches realize
that, you know, Mike Mussina is not down there. I
said, well, like I said, last time I checked, they pitch
first. So something's not right.
Then one of the guys from Major League
Baseball came over and said, well, you'd better
stop your pitcher, it's going to rain more. I said,
well, I know that because you told me that 45
In fairness to everybody, I don't have
new -- I don't have any problem. You know, there
was nobody that was, you know -- I mean,
everybody here's got enough common sense to
know that the Yankees don't need an edge. I
mean, it's not like they, you know, are getting some
special respect. I don't believe any of that stuff. I
I'm not saying they did, but people
who don't need an edge very often would like it
anyway. Human nature, home team, home
JIM LEYLAND: I can honestly tell you this,
in my heart, there is no way that anybody from the
Yankee organization tried to pull something over
on the Tigers. Inning 1 through inning 9, Joe Torre
might pull something on me I'm not ready for, but
never in my life would Joe Torre, or would I, ever
come up with something as ridiculous as, hey, let's
get their guy started and let's have our guy on the
freeway going home. That just doesn't happen.
I wasn't saying Joe.
JIM LEYLAND: I understand that. The
Yankees, you know, we're not -- it's like I said the
first day, I wish we had a reason to be mad at the
Yankees but they do everything right, they are
classy, they do things right and there's no edge
there for us. So that's just the way it is.
Justin said that the toughest thing
might be getting a little bit of sleep since he's
normally in bed in the afternoon and a 1:00
p.m. start, as opposed to being on the mound,
do you know if he got enough sleep, does he
seem rested enough?
JIM LEYLAND: Well, we didn't bunk
together, so I don't know. (Laughter.)
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