October 11, 1998
SAN DIEGO: Game Four
Q. Bruce, can you update us with Vaughn's status?
BRUCE BOCHY: Greg Vaughn feels much better. He's -- he was taking ground balls today,
and he can get all the way down. Yesterday it was still biting him a little bit. His
status right now: He's available to pinch-hit. If we had to put him out there, we could do
it. As far as a start, I still -- I say he's questionable for tomorrow, but he should be
ready in a couple of days.
Q. Does it make it easier to rest him concerning where you stand in the series?
BRUCE BOCHY: Well, with this situation -- it wouldn't matter what the record would be
in this series, I couldn't put him out there today. He's just not quite to that point
where he could go out and play left field. I said yesterday that that's the area he's
having trouble with, his lateral movements and getting down on the ground ball. As far as
swinging the bat, he's fine.
Q. A number of your players have talked about how well you manage by instinct.
"From the gut" is the term a couple of them use. Can you talk about managing
from the gut?
BRUCE BOCHY: Well, I think every manager uses his instincts. You have your information
and you prepare before a game, and then really it comes down to the players, how they
perform. They can make you look good. In this game, it doesn't matter a lot of times what
moves you make, if they work, it looks like you did the right thing, if not, then, sure,
we're going to be questioned. That's the nature of the game. Myself, sure, I use my
instincts, and I think every manager does that.
Q. How did you feel about being named the Player of the Game on Fox yesterday?
BRUCE BOCHY: Well, frankly, I felt like either Hitchcock or Donne Wall or Vander Wal --
there were guys that had great games. So for me, one of those players should have won
that. But it's an honor and I appreciate it, but, again, those guys certainly came through
Q. You were a part of that 1984 team that went to the World Series, also. Has that
helped you in the handling of this team in this series and this postseason?
BRUCE BOCHY: Well, it's a different situation. I was a player. I was a road player on
that team, being a back-up catcher. I mean, actually my job is more involved. I didn't
play in the Chicago series in '84. In the World Series, I got one at-bat. So this is a
little bit different. You have to be involved on every play, and to be honest, sometimes
you sit there. It may be tougher as a coach or manager, because the only thing you can do
is sit there and watch.
Q. If you guys lose today, who will you go with in Game 5?
BRUCE BOCHY: Andy Ashby will be in Game 5. He threw well in Atlanta. We want to keep
him on his rotation.
Q. Would Brown go in Game 6?
BRUCE BOCHY: Sure. Kevin Brown would go game 6.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about Wally Joyner's season?
BRUCE BOCHY: Well, Wally's had a nice year. He's been very productive for us. He had a
setback with his shoulder that has been nagging him, really, the last six weeks, but he's
battled through it. But he means so much to us, his presence in the line-up; he does a
good job at first; he's a clutch hitter. Leyritz will be at first base today. It's
probably more the case with a lefty out there. Jim is playing well. I'd like to give Wally
another day because it's still there. And I think at times, he's better off taking a day
Q. Bruce, will you have Ruben in left field today?
BRUCE BOCHY: Yes, Ruben is out in left field.
Q. What's the mood of the team, thinking sweep or trying to keep that to yourselves?
CHRIS GOMEZ: I guess you could say we're thinking sweep, just because of the fact if we
win tonight it is a sweep. We're just saying: "Let's win this ballgame." As
boring as that may sound, you just take it one day at a time. That's how you have to do
it, especially with this pitching staff. You can't look past anybody. I'm sure that the
Atlanta Braves are very capable of winning four in a row. We realize that. We're going to
go the same way we've been doing all the playoffs.
Q. Chris, how valuable has the crowd been these last few games?
CHRIS GOMEZ: It's amazing. I think it gets everyone going. It doesn't take much to
motivate you at this level, at this point in the season. But if there's an extra level we
can get to, this stadium and these fans are taking us to that level. I've never
experienced anything like this before in my life. Even like opening day when we had big
crowds when Sammy and McGwire were in town. We had the big crowds, loud crowds, but
nothing like this. You can see it in the players, in their emotions. We're out there
playing hard, and the fans appreciate that. And we appreciate the fans coming out and
showing their support like that.
Q. Some of the players were upset about the crowd's reaction when Sammy was here. Did
that -- was that over immediately?
CHRIS GOMEZ: For them or for us?
Q. For you.
CHRIS GOMEZ: Yeah. You've got to realize we're competitors, and we were trying to go
for the home field advantage at the time. And it's kind of a weird situation where it was
late in the ballgame, tie ballgame, you need a home run, and the fans are going crazy. I
think we can understand the home run chase. But being competitors like we are, and pro
athletes, I think the guys got upset because that pretty much lost the ballgame for us,
and they were cheering it. It's just a spur of the moment reaction. And that's long
forgotten. Hopefully by the fans, too.
Q. Chris, how much confidence did beating Randy Johnson twice in that first series give
you guys against the Atlanta pitchers?
CHRIS GOMEZ: I think just beating them in general. I guess you can say Randy Johnson is
a big factor in that with the confidence thing. We've always had confidence. I don't want
to say that gave us any extra confidence. We played well all year. We slumped toward the
end of the season, and we feel we can go and beat anybody they throw out at us. All these
pitchers have been throwing well against us. I think the pitchers have been doing the job
of not giving up too much. And we've been able to beat these teams. So we haven't really
been -- yeah, we beat them, but we really haven't been shelling them or anything. It gives
us confidence so we can win these close games.
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