WILLIE RANDOLPH: Yeah, no doubt
about it. Pitchers' duels are special. They are all
right when you are sitting there watching them. As
a manager you see every pitch and every at-bat is
obviously very important. It's just nice to be a part
of a classic kind of game. We wish could have
swung the bats a little bit better. We had
opportunities at times to come through and that's
what a pitching matchup is all about. Suppan did a
great job and the relief pitchers came in, and I tip
my hats to them.
I say congratulations to Tony La Russa
and his ballclub and organization. They did a great
job of fighting back in the series, and beating us.
My hat goes off to them because they are a fine
Could you talk about Oliver Perez's
game and what that means for him going
forward as a Met?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: I'm real proud of
Oliver. He did a tremendous job for us. He
stepped up and, you know, just gave us more than
we expected really, more than a quality start. He's
grown, you're right. He's going to be a fine pitcher.
He grew up a lot the time he was here with us and
hopefully he'll be back. I'm just real proud of the
way he stepped up for us. I had a feeling he would
go out and compete the way he did, and he gave
us a chance to win the game. He did a great job.
Can you discuss the meeting on the
mound before the at-bat with Rolen?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: I asked him how he
felt really. I felt he had enough to go against
Rolen. I liked the matchup with Rolen. He has a
good, high fastball and I thought he pitched to him
pretty well tonight. I pushed him to get another out
and Chávy made a great play to jump up there and
You talked a lot about how much
you enjoyed playing in the World Series, can
you just share with us a little bit how
disappointed you are now?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, I'm
disappointed for our ballclub. I've been a part of
this a lot of years. When you go out and bust it all
year from Spring Training, you're disappointed, it's
definitely disappointing. I'm real proud of my guys.
I say it over and over and over again. Told them
many times this year how much I appreciate their
resolve and their attitude and the character of this
It stings right now, it's a good experience
for all of us. I think it's a good experience for the
young players to go through this type of drama.
We fell short but I think it's going to be something
we can all kind of learn and move on to and feel
good about the fact that we've come a long way in
a short time. But we've got a lot of work to do and
we'll get to that next spring. Of course it's
disappointing, but keep your head up and keep
going. Told my players to be proud and keep their
heads up and just feel good about what they have
accomplished this year.
You were such a great offensive
team in the regular season, and you had maybe
one, two break-out games in this series. Can
you point your finger to anything why the
offense went cold for the most part?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: No, not really. I
think you have to just tip your hat to the other club.
They pitched real well. Suppan threw two really
nice outings for them. We were able to beat
Carpenter, he threw the ball well also. Overall you
have to tip your hat to good pitching. Dave
Duncan is a good pitching coach and obviously
they had a nice game plan on some of our hitters
and some of our big hitters had a tough time there
for a while there. I don't really look at what guys
didn't do what. It's a team situation. You win
championships by collective effort by everyone.
So I don't look at who was 0 for this or 0 for that or
10 for 20 for that matter. Bottom line, it's a team
you play against and their team was a little bit
better than us this time around.
Looking back on the season now,
you have this incredible regular season, but the
last month, you lost some important guys who
you probably would have counted on at this
time of year. Can you describe if you feel that
that was very unfortunate or how salvageable it
WILLIE RANDOLPH: No, you go with
what you have. This team was successful this
year because of the fact that we didn't really waste
sleep over who was here or who we didn't have.
We had a chance to go to the World Series and
the guys stepped up and did a great job for us.
Omar was challenged to go out and get guys to do
the job and they did. You can't look back and be
concerned or cry over things you can't control. We
were good this year and a good ballclub. We are
not going to look back now and make excuses or
think about what we could have had. We had
some gamers out there, guys that gave their heart
and soul to the team and this organization. So we
would have loved to have had a so-called full
squad, but all teams go through injuries. We don't
make excuses for that. We just go out and play
and that makes it even sweeter that we were able
to accomplish what we did with some of our key
guys not feeling good.
Like I said, nobody is going to feel sorry for
you and we don't make excuses over here.
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