October 2, 1997
NEW YORK CITY: Game Five
Q. Any update on David Cone?
JOE TORRE: He threw today for 10 minutes. We know more after he throws than during. But
he threw mainly fast balls and got loose. So we'll probably know something by tomorrow.
Q. Is he still definitively -- Cone still definitively your Game 4 starter?
JOE TORRE: Yeah, if he's physically capable of doing it, he's it.
Q. As of now, he's -- nothing that happened today changed your mind?
JOE TORRE: No.
Q. How did you observe Curtis' stand up, no slide into second base? How does that
relate, essentially, to Curtis, himself?
JOE TORRE: Well, he's a hard-nosed player. He got in harms way, obviously. There's no
rule that says you have to slide. And it's dangerous to do what he did. But he was just
trying to break up the double play, and he was successful doing it. It was scary when I
saw it happen, because I've seen, unfortunately, a couple of guys get hit in the head by
throws from the shortstop.
Q. Joe, was there anything that David Cone said to you that reassured you that he's
ready to go?
JOE TORRE: Yes, I spoke with David a couple of times after the game the other night,
and he felt his problem was the first, I think. And it wasn't a smart way to pitch, the
second and third inning. We observed the fastball, and it was better. He used his
fastball. He didn't use it in the first inning. And unless something happens between now
and then, he's ready to go. I said it's your ball. We made the bed and we're going to
sleep in it. Of course, if there's any hesitation or question about his physical
well-being, then he won't be.
Q. Joe, the umpires talked before the series about having a zero tolerance policy. Is
there anything you see from being on the field that says the line has been changed from
year to year?
JOE TORRE: No, not in the little we've done here, both Grover and myself. I just went
out I think the one time to question the foul ball or the ball that Justice hit, and it
was business as usual. They didn't say that's enough or whatever. It was the same reaction
I would have gotten before that.
Q. You spoke the same way you normally would; used the same language, raised the same
JOE TORRE: Yes, it was more. I didn't argue with him, I just questioned him. I wasn't
concerned about being thrown out, because I really didn't -- I didn't go out there in
anger, I went out and just basically was questioning if he should get a little help on the
Q. What was your line of thinking for today's line-up in the moves you didn't make
regarding Curtis and Raines, the move you did make regarding Hayes and Boggs?
JOE TORRE: Well, when I had talked to all the players individually and then
collectively, I said it's going to be a day-to-day situation. And I spoke to them, as I
say, individually, before the first game, which was actually during the workout day,
explaining my reasoning. And then Boggs and Curtis -- I mean Boggs and Hayes' situation,
it was a day-to-day situation. They both deserved the play. They both showed me in recent
days that they're swinging the bat fine and all those things. I just wanted to give
Charlie a day. I think he's got a little more range than Wade at this point, and maybe
help our defense a little bit.
Q. Andy's better post season starts have been all on the road, is that a coincidence?
JOE TORRE: I hope not. I hope it is coincidence, yeah. I hope he's fine. Sometimes he
gets a little pumped up, like most pitchers do. And I trust that he learned from last
year, because he just tried to overdo it in a couple of first starts last year, trying to
do too much. And I know the one against the Braves in Game 1, he went out there and
basically tried to be somebody other than Andy Pettitte. I think from that time to now
he's learned. This is an emotional game, and he's a very emotional guy, and just,
hopefully, he goes out there and just trusts his stuff and let's it happen.
Q. With regard to the umpiring issue, you stay relatively calm in your talks with the
JOE TORRE: Sometimes.
Q. Was that more from your nature or more a respect for umpires that some managers
JOE TORRE: Well, I like to think I have respect for people. And I go out there, and if
it's something that I get upset about -- basically it's not a missed call that upsets me
as much as maybe not getting help or if I don't think they were in the right position or
stuff like that. The calm part I think maybe is only on the outside. There are times that
I get carried away also. But I think when you get a little older you understand that
doesn't get you a whole lot. I used to watch Gil Hodges go out and talk with the umpires,
and just stand out there and talk to them and sometimes reverse the call. I think if
you're out there -- again, we're talking about emotion before. If you're allowed to do
that, if -- sometimes in the heat of battle you don't think common sense wise. But if
you're able to do that and if you have a point to make, I think it's probably going to be
received a little bit better if you don't start screaming at them.
Q. Why has this team played so well on the road, and especially in Cleveland the last
couple of years?
JOE TORRE: We played equally as good in Baltimore last year and Atlanta. I think what
helped us, winning two games in Baltimore last year, I think it was April or May, two
tough ballgames helped us realize that we can play on the road against anybody. Baltimore
was our competition for the division at that time, and we played well. And it doesn't
intimidate us going on the road. And I think what helps is when you have pitchers that can
close out the game. At home on extra inning games you score and go home. On the road you
have to protect that. That we have pitchers to send out there to do it has helped our
Q. Joe, were you interested to see how you, yourself, would feel starting this all up
again? I'm sure as a manager you wonder about how the teams can respond this time. Were
you interested to see what your own level of -- I don't know what -- would be coming into
the playoffs after all that happened last year?
JOE TORRE: I think I misjudged myself, because the last week of the season I was very
calm. And last year I wasn't, I was anxious to get started. And I thought that calm was
indicative of what I was going to feel like the other night, but I was nervous as a cat
the other night. That inning we scored the five runs, the sixth inning, I just told Mel, I
could throw up right now (LAUGHTER). Don't tell anybody, but I could throw up right now.
It was exciting and it really got to me. It was a great feeling, and that was all a part
Q. Did he move away from you?
JOE TORRE: He just told me to look at Zimmer (LAUGHTER.) I meant his direction.
Q. Joe, how are you approaching Jaret Wright tonight; this is the first time you'll be
JOE TORRE: What we hear, and what he says, you've seen him right here in this same
room, about being aggressive and going after people, that's what our scouting reports tell
us, we're going to pretty much have to go out and find out for ourselves. He looks like an
aggressive pitcher, which means he's going to go out and throw strikes. So we'll approach
it by going out and be ready to hit the first pitch.
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