Overall we pitched pretty well. We just did not get the offensive
performance tonight that we had been getting.
On Navarro's steal, was that supposed to be hit and run?
JOE MADDON: Yeah, that was just a bad pitch for J.B. to
Not to avoid the 900 pound gorilla in the room, but you guys
were seven outs away, 7-0 lead and now you're facing the
defending World Series champions in Game 7 on the verge of
possibly one of the biggest collapses in postseason history. How do
you get this team ready for tomorrow night and not think about
JOE MADDON: That was a tremendous hyperbole right
there. That happened a couple of days ago. That has nothing to do
It's all about how we react to the moment, and it's a seventh game.
It's a great learning experience. For us to win that game would be
something special for us, also. So it's not about looking into the
past. It's about looking into the future right now. We've got to get
ready to play that game tomorrow. We've got Garza ready to pitch
and we're going to go out and play our game, and that's basically
how I'm going to look at it. It has nothing to do with what
happened over the last couple days.
As an opposing manager what does a guy like Jason Varitek
do for the Red Sox? He breaks his slump with a home run, and
then he seemed to have a good handle of what was going on with
the bullpen tonight especially.
JOE MADDON: Well, no, he's the heart and soul of that
team. I've known that for years. Several years ago I was
fortunate enough to be part of the All Star coaching staff, and I
went up to him -- I didn't even know him. I just told him how
much I appreciated the kind of work that he did and how
important I thought he was to the Red Sox. That was 2003, I
So this guy has always been there. He wears it on his face. This
guy is always ready to play. I know about his preparation habits,
they're tremendous, and you never take him for granted. He
comes to win every night.
How did Beckett look to you relative to Game 2?
JOE MADDON: Well, pretty much the same. I thought
more breaking balls tonight than he had the last time out. He
relied on the curveball more. I'm sure that he came out of the
game as soon as he did based on the delay. That may have had
something to do with it, because he still was in pretty good shape.
But I thought primarily velocity was the same as we saw last time,
more breaking balls tonight.
Just to make sure, Shields was fine after the comeback or in
the sixth, right?
JOE MADDON: Yeah, just had that pre set, and J.P. got
the ground ball. Just didn't work out.
You just said something about playing your game. Do you feel
you guys played your game tonight, your defense was a little
spottier year than it has been most of the year, and the bullpen
didn't quite slam the door the way they have in some games. Are
you a little off with the way you're playing now?
JOE MADDON: Honestly, I disagree with that. We made
one error. It was on the chopper, and Andy threw it away. The
bullpen didn't give up anything, I don't think.
The ground ball that turned into an error, that was the one run on
Papi's ball, but other than that, I thought Grant was not on top of
his game tonight, but I thought Chad did a really nice job, and of
course, Trever had a one pitch out.
So overall we just didn't hit tonight, and that's primarily why we
lost. We got good enough pitching tonight to win that game. They
out pitched us, and now we have to come back tomorrow and play
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