JIM LEYLAND: Pardon me?
When that happens, what's going
through your mind in the dugout?
JIM LEYLAND: Well, obviously it was a
little bit of a freak inning. We thought we had a fly
ball, one out, and it was a freak situation, and we
just talked about making sure we get one out on
the next play. And you could kind of see that the
ball is a little wet and Fernando was a little
tentative, and that's usually -- when you don't throw
it, that's usually when it can slip away from you.
It's not the best situation in the world, but that's
Can you remember a time where you
had a team where pitchers made an error four
games in a row like that and in each case a
fairly important error?
JIM LEYLAND: No, I really can't. We just
talked about that inside the clubhouse, kind of a
freak thing. But that's baseball. You live with the
consequences and like I say, it's a combination of
we made a couple of mistakes, we had an
unfortunate break in the outfield, and I don't think
Craig could get a really good jump on Eckstein's
ball, and Preston Wilson slipped a little bit on the
ball, and Granderson just went down. So that's all
part of it.
In 1968, we in St. Louis remember
Curt Flood when Gibson pitched to Gordon,
and one of the greatest center fielders in St.
Louis slipped, were you thinking of that
because everybody in St. Louis remembers
JIM LEYLAND: I knew that question
would be asked tonight. I talked about it
afterwards. I said I know one of the first questions
I get when I go down to the press conference is if I
remember Curt Flood slipping, and I do.
But right now I'm not real interested in Curt
Coming into the series here, a lot of
people said that your starting pitching would
be a lot stronger than the Cardinals. And now
through four games, either the Cardinals have
matched your starters or performed better. Do
you see how much of a difference that has
been in the series for you?
JIM LEYLAND: I think our starters have
done a good job. I thought Bonderman did a good
job. I thought Rogers did a good job, and probably
the only start that wasn't quite up to par was
Verlander. So I think our starting pitching has
done very well.
On the other side of that coin, it doesn't
surprise me that the Cardinals starters are pitching
well. Suppan, Carpenter is a Cy Young winner.
Weaver got over with Dave Duncan, and he's been
throwing well. They had the injury to Mulder and
had to make adjustments. It's not a surprise at all.
And the other start, Reyes was a guy we didn't
know, he pitched a good game.
So I think our starting pitching has done a
very good job, and so has the Cardinals' starting
What do you have to do after taking
a collective deep breath to start getting back
into the series?
JIM LEYLAND: We've got to win three in
a row. And that pretty much puts it pretty simple.
Are we capable of doing that? Absolutely. Are we
in a good position? Absolutely not. So I think you
just go out and remind the team all the time that if
you win the next game in the postseason you keep
playing. And obviously that's the case tomorrow.
We win, we keep playing. If we don't, we don't.
Just following that, what actually,
physically, has to change in your mind for that
JIM LEYLAND: Well, I really don't know
the answer to that. I thought that our bats woke up
a little bit tonight. Pudge came out with three hits,
Polanco hit a couple balls good, Casey had three
hits tonight. We perked up offensively tonight. We
just didn't do quite enough. We had the misfortune
of the play in center field, and of course the bunt
play, we didn't execute. So this is the type of team
that if you give them a little crack they take
advantage of it. They're very good. They're a very
versatile team. I think Tony's probably the best I've
ever seen at making out a lineup with the players
that he has. He knows where to hit a guy that he
spots in the lineup, where he might pinch-hit.
Basically he let's the big guys whack at it and when
he uses those other guys, like Miles and Taguchi
and people like that, he's very aggressive about
doing things, hitting and running and bunting and
doing different things.
He's probably the best I've ever seen at
knowing how to make out the lineup with the
complement of players. I mean, obviously not the
Pujols and the Rolens and the Edmonds. He does
a nice job of putting them in the lineup and trying
You can come with Kenny Rogers
on full rest if you wanted to. Is there any
consideration for that tomorrow?
JIM LEYLAND: Absolutely none. I'm not
going to pitch him in this atmosphere. We have to
win three ballgames. So I think that pretty much
sums it up. If we had to win one game, if it was the
seventh game, I'd pitch him. We have to win three
Any concern the young players get
the mindset, the negative mindset, seeing all
the things that have happened to you guys?
JIM LEYLAND: I think the mindset is
pretty obvious. Our clubhouse isn't particularly
down right now. That's one of the cultures that we
changed around here, because I think had I gone
in my clubhouse tonight and seen everybody with
their head down, to me that's a sign of a losing
team. And the sign of a winning team is in there
and goes about their business like they normally
Is there a little more at stake here?
Obviously there is. A couple of times during the
course of the year I walked into a real quiet
clubhouse after we lost a game, and I said I must
be in the wrong place, because winning teams
don't do that. That's the sign of a losing team to
me. I told them tonight, go about your business,
turn the music on, get your food, talk to each other,
and go home with your families, come back
tomorrow. But I don't want to see anybody sitting
around with their head down. To me that's the sign
of a losing team, and we're not a losing team.
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