JOE TORRE: I like him because of him.
You know, if he didn't manage baseball, I'd still like
him. He's that kind of guy.
But the thing is, he's not afraid to go out
there, because he knows the question is going to
be asked, you know. But he's certainly not
concerned about answering questions when he
makes decisions like that.
A-Rod, of course, struck out with the
bases loaded, but it was everybody today,
JOE TORRE: Well, we had opportunities.
We had men on I think the first four innings, three
or four innings we had the lead-off hitter on and we
just couldn't do anything. Our game is swinging
the bats and hitting the ball. They did a hell of a
job. They really did. I mean, they pitched well
against us, starter was terrific. I mean, you know,
for a youngster coming in here in that situation,
Verlander did one whale of a job. And getting
them to where they were, keeping them in the
game, and then they went to their strength.
You mentioned those early
opportunities, it looked for a while like one of
those games where you would wear down the
pitcher and knock him out of there early. What
was he able to do to keep himself in that
JOE TORRE:We basically got him to the
100-pitch count, which is usually our way of doing
things, you know, making him work hard. But
when they went to the bullpen, they come out of
there with some fire. They did some good things.
As I say, we had some opportunities, but
we just couldn't cash in. There's really nothing you
can really put your finger on any particular at-bat.
It's just a matter of, you know, their pitchers pretty
much got our guys when they needed to.
Will you not really know about
Randy until tomorrow? Will you have a sense
of if he's good to go?
JOE TORRE: I won't know until he shows
up. Once he shows up, I'll see he's there and he'll
The first at-bat included, what did
you see in Alex's day today?
JOE TORRE: Again, I don't want to put
the blame on our hitters as much as credit their
pitchers, really. I thought Alex had good at-bats.
He struck out with the bases loaded; I mean, he
had two good swings at the first two pitches and
then he got 0-2 against a guy that throws 98 or 100
and he's able to slow that curveball or slider. If
you're going to look to hit the fastball, you're going
to have to anticipate and cheat a little bit. Once he
gets you 0-1, you have your shot the first two
pitches and you don't get to him, he pretty much
has a choice of what he can do or what he can try
Verlander and Zumaya are rookies
in their first post-season game, in light of that,
how impressed are you?
JOE TORRE: Very impressed. It's not
easy coming into this ballpark as a young player to
perform the way they did. You know, I give a great
deal of the credit to Jimmy to put them in that
position to trust them.
You know, he has reason to trust them,
obviously, because he makes them feel like they
can accomplish, you know, once he sees they
have the ability that they do.
Jaret Wright, pitcher for Game 4. You
guys forced me into it now.
Was Robinson Cano pressing at all?
JOE TORRE: You know, I don't know if
the kid is pressing, but obviously -- he had a great
at-bat the last at-bat. He's got such a great
temperament, and I didn't see anything before the
game that made me uncomfortable with the fact
that he was pressing. I really don't. I think just the
fact that he had not got any hits I don't think has
anything to do with the fact that, you know, he's
lost any kind of confidence.
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