You know how I feel about Joe Torre. I've got nothing but the greatest respect for the man, both on and off the field. He's a legend in the game and he's done, obviously, a terrific job here in New York and accomplished great things. But that comes with the environment that he's in.But I think everybody knows how I feel about Joe Torre, and I think 99% of the people feel the same way. I realize, Eric, you don't make the rules, but is there something unfair about the Yankees having a tired bullpen, and now being able to add a fresh arm to it tonight? ERIC WEDGE: Well, that's the rule, you know, and they're taking advantage of it. But I'm sure we would probably do the same thing if we were in that situation. So that's just the way it plays out. I don't have any ill will towards that. It's part of it. Last night on that play where Martinez fields it and goes to third, is that a play you guys work on? Or was that his decision on that play? ERIC WEDGE: No, that was his decision. I just think he got a little bit greedy right there. He probably should have taken the out at first base. But he was trying to make a play. It was going to take some athleticism on his part and Casey's part, and it was going to be a bang bang play. If you're looking at risk reward right there, probably best way to go is to take the out at first base there. I know you mentioned why you couldn't go with Sabathia, but is there something you like about Paul in this atmosphere? ERIC WEDGE: Well, I do: I like his toughness. I like the experience that he has. You know, he's been in this atmosphere before. He's been in this situation before. He's a great competitor. I've just got so much respect for the game, and so much respect for our players. I look forward to seeing how it plays out. With your rotation set up the way that it is, what is your availability or possibility of using Carmona then, tonight possibly or backing up C.C. in Game 5? ERIC WEDGE: You know, if we get to Game 5, he'll definitely be available for us, talking about Fausto. Obviously, C.C. will start that game. But in regard tonight, I don't see him as being a possibility. Talk about your bullpen for a second. What was the philosophy of how you ended up, it evolved during the year, obviously, but just the success you've had. Is it the pitchers, great managing, what? ERIC WEDGE: Not the latter (laughing). Well, it starts with Joe Borowski. He's the guy, he's the anchor, as I feel like a closer needs to be. But we've had some young players that have really stepped up. Betancourt's had a great year. I think he's had as good a year as any set up guy can have, and that's from day one. So you look at Borowski and Betancourt, and then the young kids. Perez has done a great job for us. Jensen Lewis has come up and done a great job for us. Those have been the primary go to guys. It has evolved. We've used the Mastneys and the Foulkes throughout the course of the year. But it's really been Borowski and Perez, and Betancourt, and you know, Jensen Lewis has really come on here at the end to serve in a more prominent role in our bullpen. It's a credit to those young people in our system, the development system. But it's also a credit to the veteran players how they've been able to accept them and work them into being a vital part of this ballclub.
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