shadow credit limit definition hack valid credit card information credit card charges to retailers southwest airlines rapid rewards credit card chase review horizon gold credit card customer service pnc points visa credit card rewards paypal not accepting indian credit cards transfer balance credit cards for average credit citi aadvantage credit card review president choice credit card lost discovery credit card statement sbi credit card offers on samsung mobiles reloadable prepaid credit cards india getting a credit card machine for small business best student credit cards travel can credit card companies garnish your wages in california small business options for accepting credit card payments pay hdfc credit card online payment major credit cards companies hsbc credit card offers uae paypal credit card fees for merchants square credit card fees review gold card balance how to pay off credit card debt canada fast cash loans uk td visa debit card activation capital one online credit card application capital city bank credit card online payments standard uk credit card size walmart credit card a pre approved credit card application philippines best credit card for bad credit unsecured credit card numbers list with csc barclays us airways mastercard apply chase secured credit card best cashback credit card offers online credit card payment system best 0 intro apr credit cards online payday loan direct lenders reviews credit card fraud penalties utah sbi credit card application status customer care number weekly credit card payment calculator can applying for credit cards hurt my credit score care credit application virtual credit cards using paypal virgin 0 credit card balance transfers credit card settlement india bp gas credit card phone number credit card student loan debt credit card settlement process how to activate cibc visa debit card hdfc credit card rewards catalogue 2013 virgin credit card payment best buy household bank credit card login pay my orchard bank credit card bill online usaa credit card benefits chase international travel credit card student loan debt exceeds credit card debt in usa walmart credit card payment login page mastercard credit cards for fair credit best cash back rewards credit cards 2011 visa credit card issuers in canada black card magazine us best secured credit card usaa variable apr credit card calculator cibc prepaid credit card canada easy payday advance online best canadian cash back credit card 2013 easy credit card approval for bad credit bad credit card offers unsecured hsbc online credit card payment malaysia credit card review 2012 what;s the best credit card company cara membuat virtual credit card indonesia prepaid visa debit cards canada bank of america student credit card application how to apply credit card online in hdfc visa credit american express compare credit cards prepaid credit card bank transfer jetstar mastercard credit card login list of all chase credit cards instant payday loans bad credit emirates air miles credit card uk free visa credit card number and expiration date 2013 wells fargo health advantage credit card payment i want a credit card travel rewards credit card for average credit pay lane bryant credit card online open sky secured visa card contact best reward credit card canada 2011 chase secured credit card application how can i get a credit card with bad credit history no fax payday loans online instant approval check walmart credit card application status standard chartered credit card india login 0 interest credit cards balance transfers 24 months best business credit card offers 2013 fake visa card numbers canada small business credit card processing reviews hdfc master credit card reward points axis bank credit cards offers does best buy accept visa debit cards online fnb gold credit card call centre compare credit cards travel insurance best cash back reward credit cards 2012 report credit card fraud to credit bureau credit cards instant approval and use going over credit limit free rewards cards for stores list payday loans bad credit prepaid card chase business credit cards online low interest rate credit cards fixed apr apply for ge money bank credit cards mbna virgin credit card login vanilla mastercard balance cash back offers on hdfc credit cards student visa credit card southwest credit card free flight after first purchase how to get bpi credit card cash advance pin 0 percent balance transfer offers credit cards credit card debt settlement canada bmo mastercard contact visa debit card credit history bad credit car leasing toronto check application status for walmart credit card bad credit small business loans payday loans for bad credit instant cash direct lender payday loans for bad credit td debit visa cards us airways credit card 40000 miles no annual fee td visa card registry renewal best low interest rate credit card canada credit card machine rental costs mastercard gift card pin best way to build credit with first credit card best credit cards rewards program chase amazon visa rewards card credit card charges for paying holidays paypal credit card number generator hdfc online credit card payment billdesk credit card rewards taxable income cash back credit card malaysia lowest credit card rate in usa what credit card has the lowest interest rate in the philippines intuit credit card reader android canada virgin credit card free wine deal where do you get prepaid credit cards in canada apply for credit union credit cards store credit cards for bad credit canada how do i set up a credit card merchant account icici credit card charges gift visa card canada webster first usa credit card redeeming hdfc credit cards reward points can you get a joint secured credit card low interest credit cards canada student small business credit card reviews best credit cards with no annual fee for fair credit chase online visa card credit card online validator v2.11 what are the best credit cards to earn points wells fargo credit card cash advance fees best air miles rewards credit card canada best cashback credit cards october 2011 post office credit card customer reviews how to pay off credit card debt on a budget credit cards and cash back prepaid virtual credit card us top 10 credit cards 2012 uk credit card limits are included in m1 or m2 credit card cashback taxable income check in cash advance payday loan center best types of credit cards to get 0 balance transfer and purchases credit cards no credit loans fast american express credit card customer service number uk size of credit card business in india wireless credit card terminal reviews link southwest rapid rewards credit card which credit card has the best cash back program singapore online cash loans no credit check i need a unsecured credit card for bad credit credit card size emergency iphone charger best no annual fee no foreign transaction fee credit card whats a valid visa credit card number chase canada credit card mastercard college student credit cards credit card fraud punishment pennsylvania cheapest credit card processing uk capital one aspire world credit card black cardigan next new york and company credit card payment number prepaid travel credit cards best credit card for purchases pay my household credit card online apply for nationwide credit card online apply for barclays credit card us fake credit card numbers for itunes statute of limitations on credit card debt in india natwest black credit card rewards hsbc black credit card uk fixed rate credit card definition citibank corporate credit card online payment bank of ireland lost visa debit card do any credit cards offer free travel insurance kickstarter iphone credit card charger orchard credit card contact number mba credit card processing visa card canada post bank of america world mastercard credit card with worldpoints rewards and paypass compare credit cards with travel rewards nationwide credit card charges overseas online loans uk bad credit mbna 0 interest credit card canada jp morgan chase credit card fraud 0 financing credit card offers does cibc have prepaid credit cards credit card balance transfer offers no fee hdfc credit card settlement office city bank credit card application virgin credit card contact details first premier credit card pay by phone credit card offers for bad credit instant approval credit card fraud for dummies full anz debit visa card credit card payments over the phone low interest credit cards canada visa apply online for a credit card in south africa credit card loan calculator payments lowest interest credit card in canada jp morgan chase business credit card barclay apple card credit score credit card interest rates calculator monthly mobile credit card processing iphone paypal walmart prepaid debit visa card cheap payday loans uk online credit card consolidation loans united chase visa credit card phone number travel reward credit cards 2012 credit card interest rate per month calculator best secured credit card uk credit card processing what to look out for when applying for a credit card need to apply for walmart credit card money clip credit card business card holder cancel virgin credit card online best credit card interest rates australia random credit card number yahoo generate valid credit card number help with credit card debt from the federal government credit cards for bad credit history in ireland $5000 unsecured bad credit loan credit card cash advance limit how to view my hdfc credit card statement best credit card apply for no credit check credit cards united credit card premier status fast cash payday loans canada capital 1 credit card payment address apply for a 76 gas credit card best credit card debt consolidation loan starbucks gold card benefits soy travel rewards credit card comparison corporate credit cards for business travel pay national city credit card icici credit card reward points mint hdfc credit cards offers in india best credit cards canada 2011 halifax credit card login online credit card search engine india top business credit cards uk icici credit card bill payment best no-fee credit card with rewards program travel rewards credit cards review best american express rewards cards free iphone applications without credit card corporate platinum credit card hdfc new credit card offers for bad credit guaranteed bad credit loan uk business credit card machines cost chase freedom credit card international fees best credit card offers $300 cash back how to pay advance income tax online in india can you use a prepaid credit card on paypal best cash rewards credit card for average credit blue sky credit card review canada where can i pay my orchard bank credit card ebay credit card payment processing absa gold credit card limit increase chase visa credit card logon tesco credit card ppi claims can you get business credit card bad credit irctc sbi credit card status hilton uk credit card free visa credit card numbers that work prepaid visa gift card td canada trust eligibility for sbi advantage credit card compare credit card processing canada bank of ireland visa credit card services i have no credit history and i need a credit card payday loan lenders only uk top credit card consolidation companies free online loan calculator key bank credit card processing standard chartered platinum credit card apply online how to get credit card in hdfc bank bad credit unsecured credit cards no deposit credit cards for college students under 18 best business credit cards rewards programs best way to get credit card with no credit does american express gold card build credit td canada trust visa debit verified by visa best rewards cards with no annual fee how to apply for a credit card with no credit bank of america no social security credit card walmart credit cards online account african bank online loan application best visa infinite card singapore online credit card payment gateway india can you use best buy gift cards to pay credit card guaranteed payday loan no credit check uk rbs credit cards online india central bank of india visa debit cards premier credit card for bad credit nordstrom visa credit card phone number online application for credit card hsbc best credit cards travel rewards 2013 standard chartered credit card bill payment india sainsburys credit card bank of scotland child care credit ba credit card payment charges hdfc credit card reward points catalogue 2013 citicard aadvantage credit card login same day cash loans to your door best reward credit cards for students bank of america amazon credit card terms and conditions capital one credit card reviews 2010 small business credit card machine portable apply for a credit card bank of scotland cash loan with bad credit online city bank credit card customer care number gujarat credit card emi calculator hdfc bank tj maxx credit card information stolen jobar security credit card wallet citibank business credit card online login secure credit card capital one park hyatt credit card authorization form chase 200 cash back credit card credit limits international what banks offer secured credit cards in canada best travel reward cards can you get a credit card the same day you apply can you use credit cards abroad ge capital credit card apply ?5000 loan with bad credit and no guarantor standard chartered credit card customer care number bangalore gsa government travel credit card how often can you apply for chase credit cards ipad credit card app canada how to pay hdfc credit card payment online from other bank apply for alaska airlines credit card canada united chase credit card cash advance united chase credit card business best credit card company for bad credit sbi credit card online payment link best cashback credit card canada 2012 wells fargo credit card transfer fee icici credit card payment using debit card icici credit card insurance benefits credit cards offers 0 balance transfers wonga cash loans uk how to check my citibank credit card reward points cash canada payday loans grande prairie credit card limit increase good or bad australia;s lowest rate credit card credit cards for newcomers to canada prepaid credit cards available at shoppers drug mart best credit card deals uk hdfc corporate credit card status credit card online application south africa capital one visa card application how to accept credit cards online small business credit card transfer offers australia what can i do about unauthorized credit card charges amex credit card merchant fees best cash back visa credit card how do i check my credit card history credit card logos intuit renew credit card bank of ireland does wi dmv accept credit cards get free credit card details jetstar credit card international transaction fees average first credit card limit hsbc credit card online payment options us bank credit card payment calculator check into cash payday loans online company won;t refund credit card fast online payday loans uk new york and company credit card phone number does chase offer a credit card for bad credit should you apply for credit cards online pay weekly doorstep loans low interest credit card balance transfer life how to do online credit card fraud top student credit cards canada random credit card number for itunes how to apply visa credit card in the philippines best business credit cards 2012 uk login into sears credit card what is the minimum payment on a virgin credit card best credit cards cash back rewards credit card transfer balance for bad credit online prepaid credit card number unsecured visa credit cards for poor credit mastercard prepaid credit cards ireland visa card generator with security code sign up for walmart credit card online amazon credit card review nerdwallet suze orman best secured credit card bad credit credit card instant approval applying for credit cards with no credit checks unsecured credit card applications online cibc petro canada credit card login dillards lost credit card phone number orchard bank credit card bad credit air canada credit card aeroplan compare credit cards with low interest rates apply for student credit card natwest best secured credit card in india best buy credit card application by phone online loan application sss apple credit card reader for ipad credit card holder leather payday loans cash advance no credit check credit card information free hacked android app for store reward cards chase cash advance credit card fees can a credit card company sue you in california billdesk hdfc credit card login best cashback credit cards for small business legit payday online loans black visa card requirements apply credit card poor credit history barclays credit card apple visa credit card information system how to get credit card details toys r us store credit card uk hdfc bank credit card login page best no fee credit card canada 2013 credit card apps credit card machines for small business best rates bank of america merchant services credit card machines get pre-approved for chase credit card mastercard credit card number hack bad credit car finance bristol how to install free apps on ipad without credit card best reward credit card offers 2013 credit card number location chase freedom student credit card top 10 business credit cards uk unsecured gas credit cards for bad credit christian credit card debt relief programs transfer credit card balance 0 interest australia axis bank gold credit card online apply business loans against credit card sales debit visa card rbc mastercard premium credit cards profinity prepaid card free credit score free download easy credit card checker 1.2 marriott rewards premier credit card from chase review list of credit card issuers in canada chase no credit credit card independent payday loan lenders uk ebay credit card review chase visa card phone number how to apply for barclays credit card online does td canada trust have visa debit cards 76 gas credit card sign in usa credit card for foreigners discover student credit card cosigner top 10 credit cards with low interest rates credit card online barclays uob credit card rewards redemption thailand city bank credit card customer care number bangalore free list of valid credit card numbers cash payday loans canada no fee american express air miles credit card icici bank add on credit card application form orchard bank credit card application by phone best credit card interest rates 2011 what is the best credit card to apply for credit card repayment calculator minimum payment natwest credit cards online login will paying off credit card debt help my credit score hdfc bank credit card helpline no kolkata bank of america credit card cash advance limit free prepaid credit card ireland icici platinum chip credit card best cashback credit cards usa
Home MLB News Transcript: Interview with Joe Maddon

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 1286 guests online

Atom RSS

Transcript: Interview with Joe Maddon PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 30
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 07:57

Joe MaddonThe following is an interview transcript from Joe Maddon's press conference on Tuesday October 28, courtesy of Major League Baseball

Q: How do you feel about that it's tied in the sixth inning and you have Hamels out of the game?

JOE MADDON: That's a pretty good feeling, obviously. He has been so good, and to scratch out the runs that we've had has been very difficult. Of course their bullpen has been magnificent, also. So it's not going to be an easy task by any means. But we have a lot of our bullpen fresh, now, too. So getting him out is important.

I think us coming back like we did and sitting on it for a day or two possibly could weigh in our favor a little bit, I'm not sure yet. But I think the most important part of it is that both bullpens are rested. There's no telling what's going to happen at this point.

Q. I'm from a paper in Delaware, so I have to ask you the obligatory, what's it like staying in Wilmington question?

JOE MADDON: Quite frankly it's one of the nicest hotels we've stayed in all year. If you're going to have to have a postponement, you might as well stay here. We haven't got out in the town yet, obviously that would be very difficult, the weather is kind of nasty here, too, but great place. People have treated us wonderfully, and again, we'll get out and walk around a bit if the wind dies down.

Q. I was just wondering if you could go back and just kind of let all of us know what time you guys got to the hotel last night and how the logistics worked out for you and how you figured that out and everything that played out?

JOE MADDON: Well, Jeff Ziegler, our crack traveling secretary, got on the phone immediately and did a little research. We were pointed in this direction. And finding it was only 30 minutes from the Phillies ballpark, we jumped all over it. There was plenty of rooms.

It's a magnificent hotel, I believe it was built one year prior to Fenway Park, actually and walking through the downstairs lobby it's one of those old-fashioned, well kept, actually magnificent European units. So we get here, and it was quite a treat, actually, to be able to come up with this situation in a moment's notice.

So we're here right now. We really haven't had a chance to get out in Wilmington yet. But we got fortunate in the fact that this place was available to us. And it was all about Jeff Ziegler pulling it off.

Q. What time did you get in last night?

JOE MADDON: What time did I get in? Around 2:00. Around 2:00, I believe, yeah.

Q. I was wondering now you've had time to think about it, what do you think of the way Major League Baseball handled it and would you feel the same way if you were on the other side of things?

JOE MADDON: It's a difficult situation to call. Everybody got together and made their best attempt. When it comes down to the weather, it's kind of a difficult thing to foresee. I think we had the forecast, all the information was there and it didn't work out for me. I don't have a problem with it. I mean that sincerely. I was part of it. I was there. Charlie was there. We said let's go. We were good with going forward and it just didn't work out. It's just an unfortunate turn of events weather-wise but we'll figure it out and get through it, and whether it's tomorrow or the next day, it's just the way it is, there's no crying about it.

And I'm not really one to point fingers. I've never been that person, I'm not going to do it now. Everyone made their best call. It didn't work out to this point. Hopefully eventually it will have a good result.

Select Read More to see the rest of this interview

Q: What about continuing play, past, like the top of the fourth, when it really started to get bad. That's what enabled you to tie, and know Bud said it wouldn't have gone on.

JOE MADDON: I was expecting to play nine. At that point you don't know if it's going to let up or not either. I was fine. I was fine. I was involved in a game like that in the past, maybe not quite as cold. I know what's everybody saying. I get it. But when you're out there in the field when the umpire says "play ball," you do that.

It got worse. I thought they made the appropriate decision at that time. I think it was getting too slick. The groundskeeper was magnificent, the field itself, the way it's arranged, and the way it's able to drain itself, all those things were in place. We talked about it prior to the game. It just got to the point where it became unplayable.

Regardless of the fourth, I was still on board when they called it, I thought they did it at the right time.

Q. On the travel odyssey one more time: Was there anything that stuck out for you, jumping on a bus and having to travel the way you guys did and then getting to this place that you've never stayed before, and how did the players handle it? It sounded like you had a night that could have been kind of chaotic and it worked out well?

JOE MADDON: Honestly it did. It's like getting snowed in. I go back to my roots, on the days that it snows too much or the weather is so bad everybody can't go outside, everybody kind of gathers today. They did a tremendous job of pulling it off. Everything was organized, believe me it was. Everybody was milling around the hotel lobby, which is a magnificent lobby, waiting patiently for their keys. The bags were already here. They did a great job of getting the bags off the plane and they were here when we arrived. So believe me, it was really organized, in spite of all the chaos in front of us.

Like I came down this morning to get the coffee, and there were a bunch of Rays folks down there having a good time. Families together and a bunch of kids still with us. I don't know it was one of those moments when the organization comes together. Everybody understands what what's going on. I think we hand it well, and it was handled by Jeff Ziegler, our traveling secretary.

Q. A couple sort of baseball things: One, you may not want to give this away, but do you anticipate to start warming up two guys? Would you anticipate having a right and lefty when you start? And does this extra day today they've added now do anything to your plans with your starters or do you just continue as planned if there's a 6 and 7?

JOE MADDON: Yeah, we have to continue to plan as we have. We have to win this game to play 6 and 7. And of course we have to have the available people to pitch those games. Both bullpens got an extra day. Regarding what we're going to do prior to the game, I'd rather wait until we get there.

Of course Grant is still in the game. They've got Hamels coming up, and everybody will attempt to make whatever at that particular juncture.

We're talking about it, thinking about all those different things. And again, everybody is kind of pretty much going to be back at ground zero. We're going to have rested bullpens, people have rested starters for games in the future. All that stuff is in order. It's just going to come down, obviously, to three and a half innings to play, hopefully that's all it's going to take.

Regarding my strategy for tomorrow, I'd rather not discuss that right now.

Q. Just wondering today do you have anything going on? Are your players loosening up even back at the hotel? How are you handling today in terms of preparation?

JOE MADDON: What we have is an optional bus going out. There's a bus optional to go out for anybody that felt they needed treatment or anybody that wanted to throw or hit in the cage. It's my guess it's going to be a very small turnout, if at all. I'm fine with that. Tomorrow we'll be out in plenty of times to do all the things we need to do to get ready to play the game. The back and forth, our schedule, just getting a rest right now is about as important as anything. I know I've been sleeping like a bear right now, myself, just trying to catch up.

In regards to our guys, they haven't forgotten how to hit, throw, run, et cetera. So if they want to get out there and do it, that's fine. If they don't, they don't have to. And if there's anybody injury-wise, we're in pretty good shape. So there's nothing required of us today.

Q. Just wondering, anybody's legs get sore with playing on the wet field last night?

JOE MADDON: I haven't heard anything negative. I even watched B.J. coming around third there toward the end, I thought it was ginger on his turn, but after that he looked like he had good footing at home plate. Again, hats off to the grounds crew and the actual physical surface, it really held up well. But I have not heard anything from our guys regarding sore legs.

Q. If there was a general understanding the game would be played a full nine innings, that was never specifically stated to the crowd. Do you think that baseball should have been a little more correct about that because of the possibility of crowd control problems had you not tied the game?

JOE MADDON: That's a legitimate question right there and again, I hate to be political about this, but I'd rather defer to the Commissioner in that regard. That's not my responsibility. That's not my business. My business is to get the Rays to play, and we were prepared to play. I love the way our guys came back. When it comes down to the mechanics and the rules, that is really not to me. So that's up to the people that are responsible for that.

Q. I'd like to follow up: Some of your players did not seem to understand that it would be nine innings no matter what. Do you think that had any bearing on their approach or do you want them to know how it was going to come out?

JOE MADDON: From my perspective right there, you still don't know what's going to happen, if the weather is going to break, if it's going to stop a little bit and come back. I didn't have a weather map in front of me. Nobody was keeping me posted. So I had no idea. I was mentally prepared to play the game all the way through. I don't like the idea of putting different thoughts in players' heads during the course of the game, this might be called. If this doesn't happen, we may lose. That is not why where I wanted to go. If our guys felt motivated in that respect, I love it, the fact that we were able to come back and score right there.

But during the course of a game I really tried to not interfere with a player's thought. I might talk about a pitch selection or whatever. It forced us into the World Series. This is our destiny in regards to baseball right now. But if our guys did sense or feel that, that's wonderful, because obviously it turned out in a positive way. But I was no way going to throw it out.

Q. I can understand not wanting to get into the strategy of what you're going to do tomorrow, but if you don't play tomorrow and go an extra day, does your strategy change then?

JOE MADDON: I don't think so. I don't think so. The lineups are still set up the same and my first impulse is I don't think so. We're not going to use starters in the bullpen, we're comfortable with our relief pitchers. They've been doing it. So I don't think we have to reach into the starting rotation to pitch. We have confidence in the guys that are there. I think it's too late (inaudible).

Q. The World Series could be decided by three-and-a-half, three-inning game. Do you feel more comfortable if you were starting the game from scratch? Would that make more sense?

JOE MADDON: Again, the way my mind works, the way this whole thing came out, I haven't even considered that. I knew that once it was suspended, I'm not going to lament the fact that we should go back to zero, the first inning. I'm just dealing with the reality of it. Reality is this is what we've got. This is how it's going to be played out. Obviously if we win we're going to be very happy about it, if we don't, somebody is going to say we should have gone back to the beginning. I think I deal with the reality of the situation best, and for me there's no reason to really go there because it's not what's happening.

So for me, again, respecting the judgment of the ruling, and this is what we have in front of us. We know that. They know that. We're going to play and see what happens.

Q. This is probably the oddest situation any team has ever been in in a World Series. The rest of the World Series could be three innings. The Phillies have extra time. If they lose this game they're still leading the series, they can still win one of two more games. How do you approach this? Do you say anything to your players about approaching this, the fact that this is imperative, you've got three innings left, do something with it?

JOE MADDON: I spoke to them last night after the game, and that's one of the first times I've done that as a group, because, again, I really try to stay with the normal program. So based on the unusual nature of what just occurred, I wanted them to understand what I was thinking. I was telling them post finding out the game had been suspended. So the guys understand what I think right now. I really believe we're very unified and on the same approach. Our players definitely know what's at stake. I've had a tremendous amount of respect for our group and are very proud of our group. I really believe we're going to react to the situation well. We do know that getting back to the Trop obviously we need to get done. And we feel good about playing there.

So talking to our guys last night. We're pretty jacked up about it. There's three and a half innings to go, but our guys are very excited about this opportunity and I really expect them to handle it well.

Q. As long as you're telling us how great this hotel is, you can go ahead and tell us the name of it, if you want?

JOE MADDON: The Hotel Du Pont, I believe.

Q. You mentioned a snow day. Some of the guys might want to get treatment, are you doing a team dinner, team bonding or anything like that?

JOE MADDON: No, everybody is pretty much -- I'm going to go see my kids. My kids are actually at my niece's house in Philly. We're going to rent a car and go up there. Everybody is pretty much on their own. Davey Martinez is going to get dry clothes for his kids, because they got so wet last night. There's all kinds of different motivation to the day right now. There will be pockets of people going out, I'm sure, but for the most part there's not one big function going on.

Q. Do you think the managers will be more apt to play for one run in a three-inning game than a nine-inning game?

JOE MADDON: It depends, the bunt, for me the bunt is utilized to move up runners to have a pretty good chance of driving them in. It just depends on the moment, what's going on. We're not afraid to bunt, but there's times that we choose not to. I think with the Phillies, you look at the bottom part of their batting order, Feliz and Ruiz have been very good. So it will be the normal bunting situation. You want to get on top, but it doesn't necessarily have to be through that avenue. There's different ways of getting it done.

So I always look at who's on deck really matters a lot. The potential for pinch-hitting, all that kind of stuff, but you do want to get on top and you want to hold on to it with the bullpens being as good as they are.

Q. When this game is resumed, do you think this will be as close to a shoot-out in baseball can get? Do you have anything from your baseball past that could compare to this?

JOE MADDON: You know, it's kind of like overtime in a sense, I guess. It's a sudden victory almost to that point.

I've never had anything like this, except for the game last night, itself, the weather conditions, I was managing in Midland with the Angels, we were playing in Beaumont, I think it was '85. Could have been '86, one of those two years and I was there, it was an absolute rain the whole game, and both teams kept taking the lead, so the umpires chose to not end it. And it eventually got to ninth inning and we were down and Glenn Walker hits a grand slam for us. And I promise you, the ball was foul when he hit it down the leftfield line, and the wind was blowing, and the rain was blowing so hard that it blew the ball back fair and we won. I remember that.

Obviously it wasn't as cold as it was last night. But wet-wise, it was a ground ball to Jeff Schafer to shortstop, it had a rooster tail on it, and I was hoping he could get it to the first baseman. So wet-wise I've been there before, but not the combination with the cold, and definitely not in the World Series.

Source: MLB

Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer.

Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

Don't forget to register and log in on The Biz of Baseball site to get updates via your in-box, and see information only logged in members can see.




Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?