home jobs contact us
Our Clients:
Browse by Sport
Find us on ASAP sports on Facebook ASAP sports on Twitter
ASAP Sports RSS Subscribe to RSS
Click to go to
ASAP Sports e-Brochure View our


October 7, 2002

Kevin Appier


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Kevin Appier, please.

Q. I don't know, how much did you get to see of the Twins-A's series? What did you think of what the Twins were able to do against a good club like that?

KEVIN APPIER: I didn't see a ton. I saw bits and pieces of almost all the games. But it didn't surprise me at all that they were able to beat them, granted, the A's are a really good team. The Twins are not only a good team, but they probably don't get as much exposure as the A's did with their -- because they had three big starters, just guys with more notoriety from previous years than the Twins did. But this year, the Twins played awesome. Playing them, you know, they were one of our toughest teams to play against. It didn't surprise me at all they were able to pull it out.

Q. You've faced the Twins so many times over the years. How have you seen them progress? What's the difference now that they've arrived at this point?

KEVIN APPIER: Well, you saw this coming. They kind of did what Cleveland did a long time ago - they had a number of prospects that were brought up and I guess Terry Steinbach, I saw him talking last night, he finished his career with a whole bunch of younger guys. All those younger guys now have three, four, five years of experience and they're very good Major League players. So you have a whole team that's come up together and has kind of come into their prime together. It's not surprising they're in this situation whatsoever.

Q. When you pitch in a ballpark like this, where they can bang one off the turf and beat out a base hit, or you can jam somebody and they can still hit it off the bag, any change in your approach whatsoever?

KEVIN APPIER: Well, you definitely have to keep fields in consideration. But not too much. I mean, you still got to work within your game plan. You may be able to slightly alter it. But as fast as this field is and the baggy, it's still not, you know, extremely small in rightfield. The turf, you really can't put that too much in play. The bounce, to home plate, the outfielders have to be more concerned about that. You can't concern yourself too much with the turf. You hope that anything that may work in their favor, hopefully we can get more bounces and stuff for us (smiling).

Q. You've pitched in this building before but not with the kind of crowds you're going to see tomorrow. Do you have any past experience with the anticipated noise level that you'll probably hear tomorrow?

KEVIN APPIER: Well, I remember in the early '90s it was extremely loud here. But now being playoffs, odds are it will fill the place. Probably the loudest game I've pitched in. I've pitched in full stadiums, but inside The Dome, it's going to be that much more intense. It's easy to block that out. The biggest problem is going to be communication for the fielders on the fly balls, coupled with, you know, trying to see the ball in the roof. That's probably where, you know, the biggest difference is going to lie. As far as pitching, it's not a factor.

Q. Could you comment on Francisco Rodriguez, his actual "stuff" and his mental composure?

KEVIN APPIER: Well, obviously his stuff is amazing. He has really hard fastball, it's moving all over the place. Throws a cutter off that. Then his breaking balls, he has an infinite number of breaking balls. 20-year-old kid, he's put in -- Scioscia tested him right away, put him in tight situations in the regular season. He came through fine. Then, you know, he came in the playoffs and he had kind of an unsuccessful first inning, didn't bother his confidence at all. Came out next inning, shut him down. The other day, he came out, didn't have his stuff working, his command was off. He was able to pull it together, he kept his composure and did a great job getting out of the situation. So, yeah, he's a mentally tough kid. And, you know, it's good that we have him here.

Q. Is there one thing that you guys did that after your slow start in April, turned your team around? Is there one thing you can put your finger on?

KEVIN APPIER: I think the biggest thing is what we didn't do, and that's panic. You know, and start pressing. We all knew that we had a good club and how we were playing then was not reflective of our ability. You know, people didn't start running around, freaking out or anything. We just kept, you know, playing ball and things turned for us.

Q. You've had a lot of different experiences in your career. How does this compare to anything else, and how do you get a chance to just enjoy this experience?

KEVIN APPIER: Well, it compares. I mean, what little postseason experience I had beforehand was, you know, with the A's. You know, that was tremendous. You know, this year has been a great year. What was the other part of the question?

THE MODERATOR: How do you get to just enjoy the experience?

KEVIN APPIER: Oh, enjoy it. It's definitely not like a sit-back-and-kind-of-smell-the-roses-type thing, or flowers. You don't really view the whole picture. You kind of stay within what you need to do, how you need to prepare, what you're going to have to do. Even though you're aware of, you know, it's a great situation, stuff like that, you're so focused on your business at hand, I don't think that you really fully enjoy it until almost after the fact.

Q. Is there a hitter or hitters in the Twins' line-up that you think going into the start tomorrow, "If I have success against this guy, maybe I'll have success against the Twins." Is there a certain guy you're thinking about in the back of your mind?

KEVIN APPIER: Actually, that's part of what makes the Twins so tough. Their whole line-up, they're similar to us -- they're like us in that way, there's not one or two guys that are the key guys in their line-up, that if you shut them down, you're pretty much able to shut the whole team down. They're not like that. They can beat you one through nine. That's been one of our strengths this year, is that any one of our guys could beat you. No, not like -- no, there's not a certain guy that we have that with.

End of FastScripts...

About ASAP SportsFastScripts ArchiveRecent InterviewsCaptioningUpcoming EventsContact Us
FastScripts | Events Covered | Our Clients | Other Services | ASAP in the News | Site Map | Job Opportunities | Links
ASAP Sports, Inc. | T: 1.212 385 0297