SCOTT SPIEZIO: It's always good to
have some experience. You know, one of the
things I learned is, it's just like any other game, you
have more fans screaming and things like that, but
you really have to try to block everything out and
just go out and play your game and make it simple.
Look for your pitch and put your swing on it.
That's the main thing I learned out there is
try not to put any added pressure on yourself.
After what you did in 2002, and I
know obviously things can change and
circumstances and teams, kind of strange to
you that you are in a position where you are
getting a postseason start like this, (inaudible).
Tony did say without the right mindset that
could have been a demise for you.
SCOTT SPIEZIO: Are you talking about
SCOTT SPIEZIO: There was a noise.
After 2002, I had a great year the next year
with the Angels. Ended up signing with Seattle
and had a couple injury-filled years. This year to
come to a team like this after those two years was
incredible for me. I was real excited, the history of
the organization, the fact that my father played for
them in the '60s and won two World Series rings
with them was just really exciting, the thought of
being on the Cardinals.
You know, Tony gave me a great
opportunity in the spring to make the club, and
after signing a Minor League contract, and to make
the club and to be put in a position like this is
So anything that -- any opportunity that I
get is a welcome one. From the start, I told Tony,
whatever he wants me to do, I'll do. If you want
me to play center or catch, I'll try. This is great for
Is this possibly one of those
springboards, this postseason, you get in, you
play well, and the idea that 2007, you get to be
that guy again?
SCOTT SPIEZIO: I don't really care about
any of that right now. Whatever happens next year
happens. The one thing I say that makes me
happy is winning, and the best feeling I've ever had
in baseball was when the last out was made in
2002 and we were World Champions. That's what
I've been talking about this whole year and to have
a chance at that now is incredible.
I'll focus on each at-bat tonight, and that's
as far as I'll take it. You know, when tomorrow
comes, if I'm in the lineup, great. If I'm not, you
know, I'll be ready to pinch-hit or double-switch
whenever he's ready for me to go in there.
So 2007 is too far away for me.
From your experience in the
American League, I'm sure you've seen a lot of
Delgado, can you just talk about from what you
see, what can he do for a personality of a team,
and of the game.
SCOTT SPIEZIO: Personality-wise, I don't
know Carlos that well. But, I mean, as far as his
ability to come up in big situations and get big hits,
drive in a lot of runs; he's an incredible player to
I've seen his defense go from suspect to
very good. You know, he's one of those guys that
comes up in big situations and you want to make
sure you don't throw him anything over the plate.
He's amazing. He can hit balls that really don't
look like strikes. He's got that much power to all
Could you describe how you found
out that you were starting today, did you have a
clue? And also, this is the second time filling
in for Rolen here recently, this is the second
time you're filling in for what the Cardinals call
their core guys. Talk about that situation. And
I know you mentioned you want to stay within
the game you can play, but it's odd for a team
to call upon a backup player at this time of
SCOTT SPIEZIO: Well, the way I found
out was I walked in and looked at the lineup when I
got off the bus.
As a player, my situation, you always are
prepared to start every game. And then once you
come in and see that you're not in the lineup, you
start preparing for when you may get in the lineup,
and that could be anywhere from the second
As far as me filling in for Rolen, you know,
it's one of those situations that's not a normal
situation. I mean, he's been battling for the last
month, and all of us have seen it. He's really
been -- he's been really battling all year. He
doesn't quite have the flexibility that he had in the
past, but it got better there for a while, and then
you could see where he's just starting to get
fatigued and it was affecting his swing. But he still
was battling, he still was getting doubles, he still
was hitting home runs, and he plays unbelievable
defense. He's the best third baseman I've ever
played with or seen.
You know, this was one of those situations
where his shoulder has gotten real fatigued lately,
and, you know, when Tony puts him in the lineup,
he's going to battle. When Tony puts me in the
lineup, I'll take that start as possibly my last of the
year, I don't know. I'll just go out there and give it
everything I've got, and tomorrow if I'm in there, I'm
in there. And if I'm not, Rolen is incredible. His
defense alone is priceless.
If you look at your home run in
Game 6 of the 2002 World Series, in terms of
the importance for a team winning, it is one of
the more important home runs hit in World
Series history but it's not talked about like that,
you don't usually see it on Top 10 lists and
people don't bring it up a lot. Why do you think
that is? And second, does that bother you at
SCOTT SPIEZIO: No. Just the fact that I
hit it is good enough for me. The biggest thing is
that we won the World Series. You know, if we
wouldn't have won, nobody would have
remembered it at all.
I guess one of the reasons is because we
were still down 5-3 after I hit it. It didn't put us
ahead, although it did turn the momentum around.
I didn't limp around the bases (Laughter.) I guess I
should have been running, doing some kind of
hand gesture or something.
We were still down and it wasn't like a
majestic home run, a couple of rows back. But I'll
take it, and I know the team will take it. You could
just see everybody's eyes light up when I got in the
dugout. Everybody was like, okay, we're going to
come back and get this. The first guy I saw in the
dugout went on to lead off the next inning and put
us ahead, and after that Glaus hit the two-run
double and our pitchers were unbelievable the rest
of that game and Game 7.
What do you remember about being
so locked in that entire post-season that year,
and what kind of tips and tactics did you use
SCOTT SPIEZIO: I used the same tactics
as I did then, mental preparation, physical
preparation, trying to keep everything simple.
I wish I could bottle that up, you know,
what I had going on that off-season. It was a nice
ride. I felt that way in some of my at-bats this
post-season, so hopefully I can break that out
today and hopefully for the rest of the playoffs. But
I don't put too much pressure on myself. I just go
out there and like I said, have a game plan and try
to stick to it.
We saw pictures of fans in St. Louis
the other day with little red patches on their
chins, and you talk about your father a lot and
him playing with the Cardinals. Can you
describe a little bit about what it's meant for
you to be able to play in St. Louis, and have,
you know, at least a little share of the notoriety
that comes your way just because you're a
SCOTT SPIEZIO: I wasn't born when my
dad played. He played from '64 through '72. I was
born September 21, 1972 so I might have had a
couple of games under my belt when he retired.
For me to be able to go to some of the Old
Timer's games in St. Louis when I was 10 or 12
years old and meet guys like Bob Gibson, Brock,
Red Schoendist, the great players in the '60s, it
was incredible for me. I almost felt like part of the
family then. I used to go to so many of those
games, and to be able to go back now as a player
and play among those fans, which are incredible,
knowledgeable fans in St. Louis and to wear the
same number as my father, 26, it's pretty cool. It's
a pretty cool position to be in as a son following in
your dad's footsteps now.
We've got a couple steps here to go to be
able to follow that closely. If I can get a ring with
the same team, it would be incredible. And then to
get two for myself like I got two, a nice little
combination of father and son both having two
rings, but got to take it one step at a time.
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