And that's just guessing right now because
we will still talk to Santana after the ball game
tomorrow and see how everything lines up: Was
that a roundabout answer or what?
What's it like to have Radke on the
mound? Is there a lot of emotions with having
RON GARDENHIRE: Well, I mean, he is
our best chance. We know that. We have had
some struggles throughout the year with our
rotation. We know that Garza is a good young
And he just gets a little out of whack, and
we wanted to see if Radke would be able to throw
the ball, we gave him that opportunity. You know,
he threw five innings at home and the ball came
out of his hand great, and that's what we wanted to
see. We wanted him out on the mound.
It's a lot of pressure on a guy who hasn't
pitched but five innings, but if there is one guy who
can go out there and do something special, it
would be Brad Radke.
So it's a good scenario for our baseball
team. The guys are very excited and this is what
baseball moments are all about, let Radke go out
there and see if he can give us an opportunity to
win a baseball game against a team that's playing
very good baseball, so we will gauge Radke by
how the game is going along and see where we
Was there a point that you thought
you wouldn't have Radke for post-season?
RON GARDENHIRE: Yeah. In all
honestly, when I took him out of the game in
Chicago and he was throwing the ball probably 70
miles an hour, 75 miles an hour, and he threw a
pitch and it was 80, and I asked, Andy what was
that, he said that's his fastball.
When we took him out and he sat down, I
thought this is it, we are not going to see this man
again throw the baseball. Then they come back
two days later, tell me he has a fracture of his
shoulder, and in all honesty, I just said there was a
reason why he was in so much pain. We knew he
had a tear in his shoulder. He has had that for two
years, so at least we know something, so I really
put my mind-set towards all these young men
throwing the ball, and who we were going to throw
our rotation, but as it went along, he started feeling
better and better, and was playing some catch,
and stretching it out, and didn't feel anything.
Then you started getting your hopes back
up again maybe he could do something. We
wanted to see him take the mound again and,
shoot, when we put him out there to start,
Do you think most guys would have
given up after something like that?
RON GARDENHIRE: Well, that's hard to
say. That's kind of trying to answer for all the other
people in baseball, but I just know this: He has a
lot of character, and he has been doing this for a
long time, and if there is -- on our baseball team,
he would be the Number 1 guy, I would say, that
would take that chance to go back out there and
try to work, to go back out there, because he has
been our leader throughout the year, and, yeah, he
has got a lot of courage.
I think we have seen that throughout the
year, and pitching with a shoulder like he did, not
throwing in between starts, just to make sure he
could get on the mound, so he is the guy, no
Even if Johan were feeling great
right now, would you guys save him based on
the experiences from '03 and '04?
RON GARDENHIRE: Yeah. That's all
going -- it's not really worked out that way too well
anyhow, so you want your best pitcher out there. If
it's Game 4 and you want to win, we got to try to
win the ball game or there is no Game 5, but I am
not going to take a chance with a pitcher that can't
go out there and be ready to do that health-wise.
He has been pitching, as I said, out on the
field since World Baseball Classic at spring
training, and that's a lot of baseball, and that's a lot
of innings, and a lot of pitching on that arm, and he
is pretty valuable to this organization, so he will
take all that into consideration, and it's more likely
that he is going to throw Sunday.
Do you break out in a cold sweat
sometimes when you think back to Game 5
with Eddie on the mound?
RON GARDENHIRE: All I know it was
like the movie Jaws, and when I went out to talk to
him, he said "I can't spit." And we had nowhere
else to go, it was Eddie, and our Twins killer Ray
Durham at the plate, and I tried to sit down, I tried
to stand up, tried to sit down, and you couldn't do
anything, so yeah, that was one of those moments
that I will never, ever forget, when we finally got
that last out and everybody celebrated.
That was pretty exciting to watch Eddie out
there just trying to get that last out. In this ballpark
that's a lot of good memories in it from that.
You hear some of your players talk
about just win the first one, and they obviously
can't think about three, but is there a sense
that because you guys would have Santana in
Game 5, that if you do get the momentum going
your way, that you can really turn things
RON GARDENHIRE: Well, I think that's a
great statement. Win the first one. We haven't
done that yet, so we haven't got a win, and that's
not good in a short series like this so, obviously,
we have to win, and you have to take it -- as I told
you out there, our season is one game now. We
can't think about three. We have to think about
tomorrow's ball game. It doesn't go on if you don't
win that one.
And the scenario is going to probably be
the same. If we were to be fortunate enough to go
back to the Metrodome and have Santana going
against Zito, it will be a heck of a baseball game,
and believe me, there is nothing more that this ball
club would like to have happen than to take our
chance again with Santana, but we have got a lot
of work to get there and it starts tomorrow night
with Brad Radke.
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