Game 3 Pregame
Friday, October 12, 2005, 1:15 pm
Game 3 Lineup
Same as the first two games … Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Dye, RF … PK, 1B … Everett, DH … Rowand, CF … AJ, C … Crede, 3B … Uribe, SS … Gar, RHP.
In the rush to leave after Game 2, I left my wireless modem in Chicago, so was unable to post yesterday. Currently, I am sitting in the trainer’s room using the ballpark network to send, so thanks to Herm Schneider and Brian Ball for the assist.
We left right after the game Tuesday and arrived at the hotel around 4 am CT yesterday. The team worked out for about 1:15 at 3 pm.
Ozzie on Scioscia
Ozzie had nothing but praise and respect for how Angels manager Mike Scioscia handled the postgame fallout Tuesday, saying "both teams need to turn the page, get this behind them and play baseball."
Don Cooper was again the target for clubhouse jokes after New York’s Mel Stottlemyre resigned as Yankee pitching coach yesterday.
"Coop," Ozzie said. "Now you can go home, live with your mother and sleep in the same bed you slept in as a kid.
All in fun …
As the team came off the field yesterday after working out, Ozzie called to the players … "Time for sprints … everyone line up and run around Coop three times."
As yesterday’s workout ended, Tadahito Iguchi held an impromptu press conference on the field with about 25 Japanese journalists. ABC 7’s Mark Giangreco stuck his microphone into the mix. I’m sure it made for good TV.
Unbelievably warm. 91 degrees yesterday. Hotter today. More seasonable Saturday and Sunday.
Gar at Home
Tonight’s starter, Jon Garland, will be pitching just miles from where he grew up. But Jon, who rarely gets too high or too low emotionally, didn’t seem to think it would make much of a difference to him.
"I’m just happy to be pitching," he said.
Who Would Have Thought …
That a strikeout might turn out to be the most important offensive play of the season …
Today’s Sun-Times (inside back page) contains a correction to a column in some of Thursday’s print editions. It seems a certain red-faced columnist assumed Jerry Reinsdorf was at the ballpark Wednesday night (and not observing Yom Kippur) when in fact he stayed for batting practice and then went home (Yom Kippur began at sundown). Hate it when facts get in the way. Obviously, it was very important to Jerry, as with most members of the Jewish faith, to observe Yom Kippur regardless of if the team was playing and fairly irresponsible of the columnist to make the claim without checking his facts. Several other reporters, at least one from his paper, asked if Jerry had gone home. We appreciate the paper’s correction but wish the initial incorrect claim had never been made. But this is the same guy who once wrote that Freddy Garcia throws left-handed, so consider the source.
Tonight turns out to be Game 1 of a five-game series.
A young fan stayed up last night trying to catch Scott Podsednik in the lobby of the team hotel. He fell asleep on a couch with his dad beside him.
This morning at breakfast, the six-year-old, wearing Podsednik’s uniform had Jerry Reinsdorf introduce him to Scotty P, who then signed an autograph for the youngster and posed for a photo.