What do your reports tell you about Kazmir? What do you
expect to see in him?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I expect him to be aggressive. He
should throw more fastballs than breaking balls or change ups, that's
what he pitches off of. And if he's got good command, that means he's
on, and he definitely qualifies to throw a real good game. I think we've
got to be patient with him and make him bring his fastballs down and
get strikes on him and try to work him in the count, try to get up
ahead of him in the count. I think that's how we're going to be
successful against him.
Are you necessarily wedded to the idea of having a right-handed
DH against Kazmir, or since you have so many good left-handed
hitters is it possible you might take your best hitter, regardless of right
CHARLIE MANUEL: Most of the year when we play and
stuff, I haven't used too many left handed hitters. That's not in our
regular lineup, like Utley and those guys, they were in the lineup most
of the time and I haven't used Dobbs or Matt against the left-handed
pitchers. I'll be more inclined definitely to probably throw a
right-handed hitter in there.
Would you mind telling the story or relate the story of the rubber
ducks in the players' lockers?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I said that yesterday. Basically we
were playing Milwaukee. The game wasn't going too good and I
walked out to the mound, we had a little talk on the mound and after
the game I think Chase Utley, we were back in the training room,
Chase Utley said something to me, he said, "Get that rubber duck out
of your ass," and that meant that he thought I was tight. And I
thought to myself, okay, that's good. So when we clinched over the
Dodgers, I figured coming into the World Series, I wanted our players
to be loose and I wanted them to be play like they always have. So I
bought them some rubber ducks. And every time that they -- before
they go out on the field they look up in their lockers and they see a
duck, it means for them to play like they always have. Don't get
caught up in -- like this is just like another game. And like we play as
hard as we possibly can, and we play for that moment and we take it
one day at a time and like we plan on coming out winners.
I know you've been pretty busy during the year, but have you
had a chance to keep your eye on this team?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I watch them at times on film. They
have a good team, a tremendous team. If you look and you see who
they've played, they played Boston and the Yankees 18 times each,
and they've played real good teams in the American League, and they
definitely earned everything that they've got. Nothing has been given
They're champions in the American League.
Last year the Rockies had an eight day layoff before the World
Series, and in retrospect Hurdle said that was one of the most difficult
things that they ever had to overcome on a baseball field, and the
Rockies were swept. What did you do with your long layoff to keep
your team prepared so it's ready to go into the World Series?
CHARLIE MANUEL: We're definitely trying to stay focused
and there's a big gap in time. And it's very important that we keep our
timing, not only hitting, but also running the bases, playing in the field.
We feel like that we've practiced enough, and also if we stay focused on
what we're doing and we have the right mindset, I think our guys have
definitely hit enough. I think we're ready to go. You'll always be able
to argue that point, if something happens and we don't win. But at the
same time I look at it, I think we're ready to go.
I think this time of year we definitely don't want to be distracted.
There's a lot going on. There's a lot of media, there's a lot of fans,
there's a lot of family and things, and you can't lose the perspective
thing that you're trying to do and that's trying to win a World Series.
You have to keep things even keel just like we always have, and we'll
How do you think the turf affects your team?
CHARLIE MANUEL: I think it's different. I think the ball
bounces differently. I think two days in taking ground balls it will help
us. When I was manager in Cleveland, our outfielders did not have
trouble catching the ball. If you hit one completely over the catwalk
and it comes down on the other side you might lose that ball at times.
But that's the only ball I remember us having trouble with.
I think our team, we actually do pretty good on it. We've got some
speed in our infield defensive wise, that should help us.
Just one more question on the designated hitter thing: Have you
not decided or have you decided and you just don't want to say?
CHARLIE MANUEL: It doesn't matter (laughter). I mean,
really, whether I decide or I haven't decided, when I put my lineup, I
never know. I might look and change it right at the last moment. You
never know. Seriously.
Obviously you weren't around here, but you have a hierarchy in
Montgomery, Giles who go back to the 1980 team. How much
discussion has that been when you guys get together, the old World
CHARLIE MANUEL: I think if you come to watch a Phillies
game, I think they celebrate that every year, since 1983 or '84. I
think it started in '84, probably. They've been celebrating it every
year. I know it was a great moment, but at the same time I think our
players would like to change that.
Cole Hamels has pitched two excellent ballgames in the
postseason. What do you expect from him? What do you expect out
of him tomorrow night?
CHARLIE MANUEL: First of all, this year Cole Hamels has
been very consistent. This is the most he's ever pitch. And I hear
people talk about he only won 14 games or something like that, don't
ever let that sell him short. Every time he walks out on the mound I
expect him to win a game. He's definitely capable of shutting a team
out. He's capable of throwing no hitters, I look for him to throw a good
game. Every time he goes out I look for this guy to throw a good game
and put us in a place to win the game. And usually he's been very
consistent with that.
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