So much talk about the Mets this
season, what does it say about your team that
you beat them, and what does it mean to you
guys to go on to the World Series now?
TONY LA RUSSA:
Well, first of all, the
Mets, 97 wins, they have an outstanding, balanced
club. We just felt, you know, getting there towards
the end of the season, you know, we thought we
were going to get in and then it got a little shaky.
But we kept telling ourselves, if we get to October,
we'll be a dangerous club to play.
No matter who we play against, the Padres
were good, they were leading in ERA and you
have the Mets with all their weapons. But we felt
we would be dangerous to play and we were just
going to play. All of a sudden, best-of-seven, the
club that wins 83 can beat a club that wins 97.
Tough club to compete but very exciting.
Talk about the difficulties of winning
a seventh game on the road in front of a hostile
or very energetic crowd for the Mets.
TONY LA RUSSA: We went into this thing
in 2004 and we had the other advantage. We
were the Mets, coming down one game and we
had our fans. So I know what it meant for us to get
that adrenaline pumping, and their fans are so
We had to overcome that and the way to
overcome it is for a guy like Supp to pitch so great
that you didn't have to do much offensively to win.
It was really in my opinion a classic game. You
know, they had some great plays. Chávez play,
that will be replayed forever and then you had the
bottom of the ninth. The only thing that, I'm not a
humorous guy, but my attempt at humor will be to
get all over Izzy because that's how Izzy gets
saves and Adam had not been getting that way
and Izzy had been talking to him and telling him to
put a little excitement in the bottom of the ninth, so
that was very exciting.
Momentum is such a big thing,
especially in these games, did you worry when
Chávez makes that catch and then they get up
and put some runners on, that maybe they had
it right there?
TONY LA RUSSA: We talked about that
with the home crowd, you get that adrenaline
pumping because the crowd is going nuts. He
makes that play, the place is on fire. Right away,
they get a break, and the break is the ball slipped,
the grass was wet and Scott had to hurry and
made an error. It happens.
But, yeah, that was one of the real key
turning points of the game because Supp kept his
composure, made great pitches and got out of it.
The game could have gotten away right there.
You have a combination of Chavez' catch, and
they capitalize, with their bullpen, but it didn't
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