WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, Tucker, a
great at-bat by him. He's been a guy that's helped
us since he's been here, getting on base. If he had
a walk or just a tough at-bat, he went the other way
real well. I thought our whole approach tonight
was really good. We're using what they gave us,
we weren't trying to be big. I think we had maybe
three or four hits going the opposite way, so that's
a good sign for us.
Tucker got us going and then Jose to get
us going a little bit and Lo Duca has been one of
our most clutch hitters all year. He's been great
and been able to put the ball in play in a tough
spot. It's clutch knowing that he's out there and
great knowing he's up to the challenge, and got
that two-run RBI for us.
Who is pitching Game 7, and why?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Oliver Perez is
pitching, and because I like him. (Laughter.)
He's done a nice job for us since he's been
here, very similar to Johnny Maine in a lot of ways.
He's throwing the ball well. Last time he threw the
ball real well. Like I said earlier, he needs to give
us another quality start and just go with everything
we've got tomorrow. Seventh game is exciting,
and we're looking forward to that challenge.
Prior to tonight's game, was there
anything in particular that you spoke to John
Maine about, obviously considering it's
WILLIE RANDOLPH: No. I just tell him all
the time, go out and have fun. It's a great
opportunity for him. Since he's been here, he's
stepped up to the challenge many times. I've
challenged him many times and he's just coming
more and more into his own.
Again, I always say Omar did a great job of
getting him from Baltimore. I watched him pitch for
years over there and he's just kind of finding his
way and trying to refine some of his stuff. Rick
Peterson has done a great job working with him
and to his credit, he's putting in the time. Just a
great pick-up for us. Since he's been here, he's
been golden for us.
We've heard you say throughout the
postseason, not if we get to the World Series,
when we get to the World Series. And we also
heard that you gave the team the travel
itinerary to Detroit. How much do you sense
they have fed off of your confidence?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, I hope they
have. I mean, from day one, I've always been that
way. I try not to hide what I feel and what I believe
in. I think if you're going to play the game and you
want to be a winner, you have to believe that you
can, and go out and play for each other and
execute and just play team-winning baseball.
It's the way I've always been. I've been
this way all my life. I don't mean to brag or gloat,
but it's a fact. What I bring to the table is my
attitude and my positive approach and I hope it
rubs off. That's part of my job, I guess, I don't
Of all the Game 7's you've been
around as a player and coach, can you drag up
one from your mind where you saw the
manager manage and the pitchers get through,
the whole pitching staff in a Game 7?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Oh, I can't -- right
now, I've been in a lot of that stuff but I don't
remember anyone who jumps out at me right now.
They are all very unique in their own way and
exciting. I just want to be part of my own and get a
victory tomorrow and move on.
But you know, when you think about the
playoffs and World Series, those situations,
playoffs right now, you just hope that it's something
that's significant and something that you look back
on, maybe 20 or 30 years from now and be really
proud of. We're trying to find our own little niche
and make our own little piece of history.
Everyone's going to be ready to go
tomorrow. Fans were great tonight, outstanding
atmosphere. I didn't expect anything differently. I
knew they would give us a nice jolt tonight and
they did, and the players responded.
Two outs in the seventh inning,
Tucker gets a single for you and starts the
inning, talk about the way the role players have
really come up in the series.
WILLIE RANDOLPH: We've had our
share of injuries. We don't complain much about it
or talk much about it, but Jose and Chavy have
played well after a slow start, Tucker was a nice
pick-up for us before Castro got hurt, he did a nice
job. You don't win divisions or championships
without having a real strong supporting cast, and
our guys are ready to play every day. I try to get
them as much work as I can and they just feel part
of the ownership of this ballclub. Everybody feels
that they have been a part of it. They have been
huge. You can't say enough of the job they have
done and the bullpen has been the best in
baseball, or the best in the National League,
anyway. Just proud of the guys that come to play
for me every day, and they just love to win.
You had Trachsel warming up in the
ninth inning, was there a reason for that?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: I heard Rick say he
was getting some side work done, throwing a little
bit just in case.
Is there anything you learned about
John Maine's makeup during the course of the
season that you may not have known before?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, I didn't really
know him at all. The time that I've known him, he's
shown me that he's tough. He's shown he can
make adjustments. He's a real quiet kind of guy.
Every time I've challenged him, like I said earlier,
he's stepped up. Tonight especially, he didn't
really waver at all. You can see where he's
starting to feel more and more confident and really
secure in his abilities and trusting his stuff. I just
told him to go out and just let it go. Don't try to
hold anything back. Just empty the tank for me
and give me what you've got and we'll pick you up,
and we did.
What was the bench like after you
got out of the top of the first inning, and then
Reyes opens the bottom of the first inning with
a home run?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Our bench is always
lively. It's always upbeat. We start feeding off the
energy we create, and you know, we have a nice
mix where guys are on top step. You've got to be
on the top step in this series. It's exciting, we pull
for each other, it's a nice mix. We talk a lot of trash
and keep each other going. It's a nice dugout
because everyone's involved and pulling for each
How important was it to get that
leadoff spark from Reyes, not just the leadoff
home run, but really everything he did the
WILLIE RANDOLPH: I've said it many,
many times. He's our catalyst, he's our igniter. Do
you know what igniter means, Jose? That means
he gets us going and kick starts us and as Jose
goes, we go. His energy is infectious and we love
him for that. Nice going, kid, nice job, have a seat.
I thought one of your key decisions
of the game early was walking Pujols in that
situation. It was a little bit out of character for
the way you've handled those situations, what
went into your decision to do it, and it's not --
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Best hitter in the
game, man. When you get the opportunity to do
that, it's a little bit smart to do it if you can. It's not
out of character. It's being conscious of him and
obviously everyone is.
Are you familiar at all with Oliver,
does he have any history on short rest?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: I'm not sure. It
doesn't matter, really. Time to go. One game.
He'll have plenty of time to rest after that, I'm sure.
Ready to go.
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