What has DeRosa meant to your club this year?
LOU PINIELLA: Well, he's been a jack of all trades for us. He's played all over and
played well, plus 20 home runs and 87 RBIs is about production. We've hit him basically fifth
through actually eighth in the lineup, very occasionally second. But to rest a player in the
infield, rest an outfielder, to get the combination of players we want in the lineup, he's done all
that and more.
DeRosa just said a minute ago that he thought tonight's game was more or less do or die.
LOU PINIELLA: Oh, I don't look at that. I really don't. I think that it would be a
huge advantage for the Dodgers, but do or die? If we lose tonight, well, might as well just stay
home and go home and forfeit the game in Los Angeles. I don't see us doing that.
You've got to win three ballgames in these things. Obviously you go down 2-0 the advantage
really swings, but not do or die. No, that I don't buy.
A lot of people tag postseason players as big time players or kind of disappearing. One of
the raps that Soriano does have is postseason, especially since he's been with the Cubs. Is that
an accurate observation?
LOU PINIELLA: I think it's unfair. I mean, look, you can always point the finger
wherever you want, but it's a team game. And just because one guy struggles or two guys
struggle, other people can pick it up. Obviously you look for your big people to do special
things, but I've always been of the school of thought that baseball is an individual game, but
boy, I'll tell you what, it's team.
Just because one guy struggles doesn't mean that the team should struggle. Somebody else
picks him up.
You know, the lead off hitter sets the tone in a way for an offense, and when Soriano hits the
ball well and has good offensive games, our club responds. But to say that if he doesn't do it
that we shouldn't score runs, that's not true.
How hard is it to keep Mike Fontenot out of the lineup as well as he's swung the bat
LOU PINIELLA: That's a good question. He has swung the bat well lately. You
know, we need a bat coming off the bench, too. He's been our best bat coming off the bench.
At the same time, with as cool a weather we've been a little hesitant with DeRosa putting him in
the outfield and running bigger distances. But it's a good, legitimate question. I can inject him in
the lineup just as easily as not, believe me.
What do you think of these 8:30 starts? It seems like everyone is ready to go at 7 here
and you've got to wait an extra hour and a half. Does that have any effect?
LOU PINIELLA: You know, I don't know. Look, if anything, we should have played
at 8:30 last night and 5:30 today. It made more sense going out to the west coast. But we had
to consult a sleep doctor.
What did he say?
LOU PINIELLA: He said that we should stay overnight tonight instead of travel after
the ballgame and leave tomorrow so that everybody can get their full balance of sleep as
opposed to sleeping all day tomorrow and not being able to sleep the night after. We'll see if
he's right or not after the third game in Los Angeles (laughter).
Was the pizza good?
LOU PINIELLA: The pizza is really good, yeah. I'd like to come in second and taste it
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