TONY LA RUSSA: Well, I'm sure they are
very happy with him. That first inning, he faced a
big problem and he got out of it, and it seemed like
after the early part of the game as he got more
confident, he pitched better and better and got
them into the sixth inning.
I think one of the keys was dodging that
bullet in the first inning.
Can you talk about your experiences
going into Game 7. What do you say to your
players tomorrow night, both teams?
TONY LA RUSSA: Well, one of the things
I said right there real quickly is Game 7 starts right
now. They are getting ready to have the
experience of a lifetime if you're in professional
sports. You play a Game 7 in a best-of-seven
probably baseball and basketball is where you
have it. It's an experience you'll never forget. It
will be one of the most enjoyable things, especially
if you do it right as far as getting ready and doing
the best that you can. You'll never forget it.
I'd prefer our club to not go through it
obviously, but it's magical. So I'm sure we'll be
Looking at that Game 7 from
pitching standpoint, do you feel you have the
advantage based on who will start, and they
have not announced who they will start?
TONY LA RUSSA: Well, I mean, I'm not in
real good shape to talk about tomorrow because,
you know, you just -- I was convinced as we kept
dodging our bullets that we were going to find a
way to win the game and not have to go through
this again. But yesterday, you got a guy going into
the Hall of Fame, losing pitcher of the day against
a Cy Young; what's the matchups mean?
Baseball, there's no script. I think we have an
even chance to win the game as well as the Mets
do, and we'll take that going in.
I know why you pinch-hit for
Carpenter there, but it seemed to have a
strange downhill effect when Looper let's in
two runs and you score two more back off of
Wagner in the ninth inning. As well as
Carpenter was pitching, was there any doubt in
your minds about doing it at that point?
TONY LA RUSSA: Dave and I had talked
about it, if there had been two outs and nobody on,
he'd have stayed in the game. But you're down
two and you've got, what, seven outs left -- that's
not true, six, eight outs left, I think you had to take
the shot there.
But Chris, he had an outstanding sixth
inning. But I was pulling for a rally. Those things
run out, and I'm telling you, if we had been down
two instead of four, you'd be seeing a different Billy
Have you ever watched a Game 7 in
another sport, basketball or hockey, and
wondered about what the similarities of what it
was like, different from your sport, goal keeper
TONY LA RUSSA: Hockey, very good
point, I forgot about hockey. As a sports fan,
Game 7, that's it.
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