10.31: World Series Press Conferences -- Ron Washington
"Our bullpen comes into play a lot..."
Rhonda given their trust him to miss much time in September do you think it is now funny. And -- and the post season. And his old self. Yeah I think he's beginning to feel more comfortable. I think he has an idea and now. Exactly what you're trying to do and and he -- off pitches that earlier he may have been going Annette. And it takes at bat and he missed a month that. And now you know you have a guy of less talent I don't think he would borrow Cora is fastest Hamilton heads. He's very young too cute so. He's aware of what they're trying to do now and I think he's making good adjustments would have the stated there is -- back. Throw in the middle for -- Your bullpen finished second in the American League in saves any area this year how big was it for them to come back and do what -- did last night after struggling the night before. Well it was huge because. You know -- guys we depend. And now on this certain parts of the game that they know they will get the ball and as soon as they can get back out there in. Regain. Themselves. The better it's going to be and it was nice to. That would be coming in and do it he did it it was even nicer to have police -- -- touch the rover and two TDs so. It means a lot because -- bullpen comes -- to play -- lot. -- -- -- Ron you have not really asked anybody to do any thing in the post -- they really didn't do that there in regular season you've been very loyal to guys about that the roles they are. Where does that come from in your feeling about. Sticking with guys in the and the -- that hat. When it comes from the fact that that's what's on our roster and those -- guys that got us where we or. And M I can't Wrigley just jump away from. What they expect to happen to a close ball game because there's only -- -- with -- have to excuse as a pitcher. Seoul and that's -- roster that's what I ahead of and Adam at some point every single guy down there will have to come in to a job. I just wanna have -- and let him know that I believe in him. And that helped in the maintain belief in themselves. But there. Is the most amazing thing you ever Nelson Cruz showing strength in baseball. Game earn that in practice. While I saw him in San Francisco almost typical about. He has tremendous power. You know more than anything else. He's learned to use -- reported field this year and I think that's. Have helped him -- -- success. But nothing Nellie does and how already is the bowl. We've been seen that for quite awhile and now him. You know example -- line drive -- rectory last night. Pretoria has some -- -- -- on his hands that you wanna see in the game. And in a bowl with throwing. One year I was playing shortstop in Minnesota and Dave Winfield that. And he hit a line drive to the shortstop and I jumped up to catch in my glove and everything went to -- So I know would rent three felt right here. Going BP in. And San Francisco. I think it was game two is taking BP. Michael. For you -- what was the essential difference in -- -- success this season and then his two starts in the post season. Command of his fastball. When Tommy can command his fastball and keep up the middle plate in his other pitchers coming to play. He has tremendous breaking ball good changer he caught the ball. But the command of his fastball with his key if he can command that he can get those whose office of the stuff. But if he can't command the fastball and put it where he walked two and gets strike one in. And able to just shove it in inside to hitters and yet to play with the middle -- -- he's not Apollo pitcher. He's the pitcher that relies on command. On the left. -- a number of your players last that if you guys won your first game and Holmes said that the momentum has shifted. Do you feel that way do you feel that about your team and being home and try to take advantage of that. -- little cliche is your momentum is only as good as your next day's pitcher. You know we finally got a chance to play the type of baseball we'd like -- -- it was a very crisp game we played last night on every in. And that's the way we've been playing. Until the World Series started we had some some little hiccup in San Francisco but it was nice to get back. To feeling like we can go out there and and now trail type game last night we did. But that tonight we're gonna have to do it again. And I think we don't have to do from here on out. But it's nice that we finally put one together and hopefully a domino effect can happen but -- You know. Momentum is only as good again as the next day's pitcher Tommy go out there tonight but it Q and do his thing. Then them I think we'll be in good -- On the thing Jerry wash in the opener. Jinx anything orally from torture he's quite right and no I didn't. You know to third inning. With the big inning there and it first game in. We didn't make a couple plays. And he ended up extending himself in an inning. And Cliff Lee is news is a far over mean if you get on that rubber is is come come come as charged choice swords. And you know -- brokered two pitches ending come back the next inning and put another twenty something appear to thank you took a little while. But as he stated. If you don't put the ball where you want to. Major League hitters -- and a couple pitches he wanted to simply felt -- -- he just got hit but no Cliff Lee is fine he's only human. He's been so great -- -- when he's not great. You know it just opens him up for questions. No he's fine.