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October 26, 2002

Dusty Baker


MODERATOR: Questions for Dusty Baker, please.

Q. Looked like you got one inning ahead of where you wanted to be with your bullpen. Obviously, in the World Series, those things happen, right?

DUSTY BAKER: Yeah, they do. You know, we thought Russ had done his job, they started hitting pretty good the inning before. We were hoping to go in that seventh. Inning before, he had gotten out of trouble. The home run by Spiezio, you know, that three-run homer puts you back in the game, way ahead. We did get a little ahead of ourselves in the bullpen. But they hit us pretty good. A pair of tres in the seventh and eighth, they just messed us up.

Q. How much confidence was there when it's 5-0 in the seventh after Shawon hits the unlikely homer?

DUSTY BAKER: There was a lot of confidence there. We realized these guys have an outstanding offense. The fact that they can come back, they got the last at-bat. There was confidence, definitely, but we knew the game wasn't over. The game definitely wasn't over. They proved it, that it wasn't over.

Q. Could this be classified as a devastating loss?

DUSTY BAKER: Well, one thing about this club, we always come back after tough losses. We've been doing it over and over and over. One thing about this club, just seems like it never comes easy and we never do it easy. I mean, we knew it was going to be a tough day today. Here we are going to Game 7 tomorrow.

Q. You've been in a lot of big games in your career. Have you ever seen a comeback quite like what they did?

DUSTY BAKER: I don't know, not in a while, especially not against our bullpen. Everybody's bullpen is a little tired. You know, that was a heck of a comeback by them. Like I said, that three-run homer got them back in the ballgame, they start off the next inning, then that bloop double in there by Anderson, then it came down to facing Glaus in that situation, which you're not crazy about. You know that Glaus is prone to the strike out. We're going to go for the strike out, you know, pitch to Fullmer, walk Spiezio, who has been hot, pitch to Molina who came in the game. That was the plan, just didn't work.

Q. Is there some satisfaction that at least you know you're going with Livan, knowing his record?

DUSTY BAKER: We feel comfortable with Livan. But tomorrow we're going to go with everybody. I'm curious to see who they're going to go with tomorrow. We know who we're going to go with, we just have to see who they're going to go with.

Q. With the Rob Nenn pitch selection, the fast ball inside that Glaus hit, he seemed to have a really good slider they were going out of the zone and swinging at. Do you think he'll kick himself for that pitch?

DUSTY BAKER: Well, I'm sure he didn't want it in that location. Probably wanted it up and in, and it got out over the plate. Was going to go back to the slider, but didn't get to the slider. As long as you're throwing the ball, sometimes it's not going to go where you want it to go.

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