JIM LEYLAND: I'm not sure. Tony went
out and said a couple of his players said the ball
was acting funny, and they made Kenny wash his
hands, and he washed his hands, and came out
the second inning and he was pretty clean the rest
of the way.
Have you got any sense what's on
the hand, though, because it was pretty visible
on television --
JIM LEYLAND: I'm not going to
speculate, because I don't go around and see what
people do or don't put on their hands. I'm sure
Kenny will be in here, and you can speak to him
about it. But I'm not going to get involved in that.
I know Tony said, hey, I don't want to
make any issue here, but a couple of my players
are saying that the ball is acting a little funny. And
obviously they were a little suspicious, and I think
Tony just wanted to make a point to bring it to the
Did they ask him to wash his hands
before the second or when did that happen?
JIM LEYLAND: I believe the second or
third, whenever Tony had the conversation, they
talked with Kenny. But like I said, I'm not sure of
all the details. People were kind of jumping around
and what's going on. To be honest, I wasn't paying
that much attention.
Knowing Tony the way you know
him, are you surprised that he would say to the
umpires, I don't make a big issue out of this?
JIM LEYLAND: Well, I don't think --
evidently, I don't want to speak for Tony. He
brought it to their attention and evidently, I would
have to guess, but I can't answer that for sure,
because I wasn't real involved in the situation until
afterwards. I wondered what was going on. I
didn't know exactly what was going on, but I'm
assuming that he wasn't sure or else, you know, I
would have to assume that, but I don't really know
the answer to that.
In a similar situation, how would you
handle that, if you saw their pitcher with
something on his hands? Or your batters
came back and said Weaver was showing some
JIM LEYLAND: I think realistically, Tony
and I have both been in the game 40-some years,
and so have a lot of other managers and from time
to time hitters always talk about the ball is acting a
little funny. But whether you do or don't make a
big deal about it is, in most cases, not an issue.
Can you talk about pitchers and
adrenaline. How does Todd Jones get your
heart racing in some of those ninth inning save
JIM LEYLAND: He's going to take a little
PFP, that's pitchers fielding practice, before he
gets on the bus tonight, I can tell you (laughter.)
That was not good.
Talk about Craig Monroe. The first
home run, two at-bats in a row, coming up to
really get the offense going.
JIM LEYLAND: Yeah, he's really been
swinging the bat good. I was a little concerned
about it prior to the game because I think between
Craig and Poli, I think they were only about 1 for 1
off Weaver. To see him jump-start us like that,
obviously made me feel pretty good.
And Casey, by the way, Casey will play
first base in St. Louis. I don't know if that's a big
point to anybody, but he will play first base. And I
might change the lineup a little bit, I'm not sure,
depending on how everybody looks.
Can you give us a comment on
Carlos Guillen tonight.
JIM LEYLAND: He quietly has been
locked in real good. We haven't and we won't
make any excuses, obviously as I said last night.
We looked like a team that hadn't played for seven
days. That wasn't an excuse, that was just a fact.
But for some reason he's been locked in. You
know, I'm glad we got a couple of games in, and
I'm certainly glad we got a split out of this one
tonight. We've seen live pitching for a couple of
days in a row. The more we get in sync and start
to play a little bit, you feel better about it. You don't
know for sure -- when you don't play like that, you
don't know how long it takes guys to get their
swings going again, how long that could take.
Obviously when you're in the World Series and it's
a short series, you don't have much time.
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