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Page 14 — Monday. October 28. 2002 WORLD SERIES <3n2»tsntt Lackey rewards Scioscia's faith BY JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM. Calif — John Lackey warrfwi Game 7 of me World Series ta<t year &om his couch in Texas, hoping to rreVr* the major leagues sorDeday. He's already done plenty more than thai. Lackey became die first rookie to wiarbesevpnrh game of the Series in 93 years, shutting down Sany Bonds and the ^o Francisco Giants to lead jfaf- Apahpfm Angeis ID a 4- 1 victory Sundav nighi. The 24-year-old right-hander starred the season at Triple-A Sah Lake, and ended ir by helping the Angels win mp?r first r-ham ptftnship in 42years_ "This is a long way from Sail Lake," Lackey said. 1r"s noi bad. This is where you ivant to be. Everyone warns to be in me \torld Series, Game 7." Anaheim manager XEske Scioscia gave Lackey the nod for the biggest game In franchise history in part because Ramon OrtE.was homered by a sore vfrisz, and because of his iknh M rhe rookie- nv \vaUred Bonds Lackey jusnned rh^T suppon. He aBowiad one run and four his in fire fnomg^, walking onh~ one. ""lebu have lo look ai whai he's aQ abotn." Sooscsa said. "This guy Is am going so rarde. he's not going to be could have asked of him \Vhai a Job." Lackey, who got a no-ckdslQn on hia; 24rh biniidaT in Game 4 on ^Vednesdsy night, came sighi ai rise n?jmr=^ jhrwriEg snikss and staving r?lrn decile the pressure. Pnching on diree days' rest. LackET started vrah a perfect nisi mning. He opened tfae second bY retiring Beads onaimeour. rhe first four rimps; be raced him in the WorM Series but showed no fear t'oit rime against baseball's most dangerous hrneii *li was big to get myself going early. It gave rrtp a tot of confidence;'' Lackey said. ""I was able to come inskie with some fastfaafls early and thai set up my pitches sway-~ Bento) Santiago and J."E Snow fbl- Jowed with singles to put runners on first and third, ami Seggie Sanders drove in the Srsi run of rhe game wirha sacrifice fly to left B Lackey pitched out of; in the fourth when he allowed consecutive singles to Bonds zsnri Sanria— go -with one our. Lackey vissa'x fhis- lered, rearing Snow and Sanders on fry ouis to preserve a 4-1 tead. "A big pan of ir is hs makenrx" An- geis pitching coach Bud P&M^C ^ai/i ^He's'very conSdeni. Obviousiy, yoii can't discoum esper^ence. Bui a to* of nrnp<L yoLnhfu! aggressiveness paysoSL 1 " Lackey te& after a nMess Rfrb and vraicfaed his relievers "n^> ir oiL "*! vras ctmirig e"«^ryihiQg i hari into e. l ery piich, reaDy rhi-nVfng abom h, reairy trying to execute pitches," Lackey said- "Our bufipei steooed upb^" Lackey became rhe firsi rookie EO win Garne 7 oftEe 1 A'odQ Series since Babe Adams shut out Detroit for Pinsburgh in 1909. ft was fitting rh? viTTi EO rap an am?r7Tng conreback season for the Angeis. They started the year 6-14, while Lackey was dommaiing ai Safe Lake. He got caSed up to the majors June 24 snd tost his debut to Teiss. He came up to stay die BESI west and 'ifild-cara Hinrh<=r against ihe Rangers- *~Vfe beard a k>i ai Lackey gos me iodcey held the championship trophy after hurting five solid innings to win Svrnday ms$s&. He- fee- came the first molds to win Game 7 since Babe Adams of the Pirates in ? SW. couple of vears &om otir minor league people," 3fe£k sakL "We saw ii in spriiig nainiag and his firsi Stan ai Teas. He looked HV? he belonged la ibe big teagues." Lackey vrss steady in relief in ibe nrs round aganssi rhe New Yoik Yankees besbre piiching s^/ess scoreless inning in a crtical GaiQe4 of tfoeAL ip series against }.5is.- nesota. Lackey, a second-rcHirMi pick ia die IS39 draft sfamk^ed more abiErr as a biner rhan a pitcher ai Graysoa Canary CoQege, baning .428 vnm 15 homers and 81 RSIs. He hit a game- vi-fnnh>g Home ran in rfxp Junk>r College VibrM Series. us, se Ticssst za Home ma so wfe GiEEas ~ isa' ^Vtirld Sesiss. ^'ilsiEfej^ ia ss a jjo- y!" Eos ssM. "It's '^sn eiciied ETss about it. .fl forsi some- another about k sanare rhir You vi~^.- ^Q. snsp Eg) » bodv si &ai Srrsl"' Hernandez proves he's mortal in October By JANIE McCAULEY AP Seefts Vfrfer ANAHE&f, Cum — Ltvan Hernandez is no Jitn October, as he so baJdry professed to die baseball i«jrkL This winier. rivp San Francisco Giants pgrfeFT -iirfll probaixy reconsider u> issue such a grand pnxia- m^tffiTt- "T never lose in October.* lie did lose infe monrh — rviice. And born rimes on baseballs biggest siage, GO less. The pen'ea postseason record — gone. The 1S97 World Series and NLCS Nf\P honors — ancient history. Xobody cares much about thai franchise for nearly nve decaries. He lasted only tviT>-phis mnTny ni Sundav's 4-1 loss to n>f Anahpfm An- geis in Game 7 of die VibrM Sesies. ""Notxxiy feeis good. You test die \\brki Seiies,'" a teary-eyed Hernandez sakL "Anaheim bear me_ i don't have an excuse.' SKIT rims on. sour nirq When the Giants needed most. Hernandez didn't get rfaem rhe World Series ring rh^T has ehided me \ramfi3uxwafcandasrrlkeouiasirie G^mrc came up short in their fasd for die franchises Srst championship in 48years. "1 ibmk rhars a great offensive team »fer scored a few runs off him/ diini baseman David Befl said. The Giants las? won the wnole thing in 1954. wher; they vi'Ese soil in New York- Tfaev iKrn*gfc; Hernandez couM get it done, pitching on his regular four days" res_ >,{2H2ger DtEry Baker SLDOQ by his decison to start Hernandez and not Slik Hueiei; w&o wmiM have been on diree days' rest. Ruser c?rn& m m pndllfRir sotid mnrn^c "Lrran WES stroog. He ctRiM have gooe nine irmings,' Baker ^iri "TiSe fesi vre did the "ghr thn-vg going w!rh Uvan/ SaM general manager Brian Sabeari "J*e T s got to niate hfe TJircliEs like anv other pitcher. You've got to give credit so ihe Angels, if ii was their mm. ihey probably would hare beaten JNotan Ryan.' Carrying an impressire &-Q caieez postseason record iitrt rae World Series, Hprnamfe-? befcred he was unbeatable. Tben. in Game 3, reailrr immedi- aieiyseim. The Giants" big-game star — n-soeed sRif?has thrown off piemr of hitters over die Years — gave up Bve bits, rive walks and sir runs wfaOe getting chased is me fourth inning of a 10-4 loss. It marked his arsr sedjack in tiiree trips to die postseason. "1 fKrirr; hare eomrotT be sasd. "f i happens sometimes. I feh better lodav and threw more strikes/ " 1i»con3sJEiJ!CT"vras ifae story o§ his season. It stuck wish him into die VibrM Seiies, uxx Hemaodez. me 27-year-old half brother of roe New York Yankees" Or- Iz&do Hernandez, beat Adanias Tom GJarme to force a deciding Game 5 In rhe NLdivjsJoa seiies- Smce die farodiexs defected rrom Cuba, msfve been 211 October sta- p?e in me Lfaited Siaies. E^^ea after a disappointing record of 12-16 this regular season, leading the NT_ in Losses, ce vras confident before his first jrfawsouriQg- HemHndez got big-ganie esperi- ence as a ijeen-ager in Cuba, when he won impo riant starts for his youth team in iaiemaooQal comperition- But he didn't always feel so unstoppable. la Ms grst ounng fi>r bis club iEEm in Cuba as 2 17-year-okL Her- nsjiG&z. fjsss. up. ihree .. straight homers, pfurrspdng a lesson trom his pitching coacii- "You need to go oui and relas; and not cry 100 faard.^ Hernandez said last \veek- "'If you 07 too hard, you doni innyi'f strikes, you hartg your curvebal! or sikiet. You don't want to dp_ thai in this siaiaikiri in die pisy- of^ if you do thai, they!! Vi7-h the VfarM Series on die line, ifae Anseis did EZECIT,' thai. Glaus caps sterling Series by winning MVP honors By RONALD BLUM .~P Sccrts 'I'I'THB: ANAHEIM. CaiiiL — Titrv Qaus feh young Egain. s VibrM Series iSf 5 .? as bap.rr.- zs z. Sinie boy. Tti5 is wiry \re p^t afl die nine and effon in.' he said, recalling a time ioag aga ""AG me s^'.•ings againsi rhe garage door when you vrere a kid.' Tfecrse STiiags he had spem n>ro decaii'SS perfecciig helped Anaheim •iirin ihe "t'/odd Series and CJ?IK vr-n tbe .%£*? 3-><i^itL He bear Barry SorxLs 4- 1 in zijs vtjis afier barong -333 wirh mree hcune nms and - diis poiat. I don'i evsn i'i- bornr Ym f eefeg esrep? ecstar- xx 1 " Giaiis said. "i'i"hen he was io!d be '.-iTin the svrareL :: realh" dkirj'i ^n* is. *T '>'i-zs jus: so excaed aboui being •-•i^orki champMo." be sski aner Aaa- heims 4-1 '.'.In over San Francisco Sunday. "1 dkfa'i even ksor.r vitsai 10 riifn'c Thei" toki me to go szaud on the stage, so I west arsd siood on the stage. Thai v.-£s aboui ~nJ And -••itren the cnarap-i-oasbip vi-as secjireh- in the Aagefe' hands, vrssi made him haupiest w^s coming Through for ihose haio-vi-<eaiing, T,ing fans, soira corning ID games for four decades, booing for mis EaQffierK- ^These fans hari^e been waiimg a long. k>og rinie for ifcis.' Q?u-; ~<sri, tAnd I knoi-r we're aD hap err to be pan of the team 10 bring it 10 ifaem.' r^^i'->. rj^.p AT iion^e run cnauHK-oii ri'.T) years ago wfcen be nil 47, ?iTn- rhe ^Vorid Series foDoviiag a 5-14 srarc. briiigliig ins Troprrr :o Ans.- heim fo? i-e nrsi time in ine Angeis' 42 seasons- He \Tas knocked dm-cn by Jason Scfcmki: in Game 5. rfe T i'ias knocked doi'i-a by Russ Ortiz in Game 5. He bouiiceG back up bosij rirries- fiis the WET ibe .\ngeb dkl in. ifae Series- 'Acnoally. vre've had ihai -.'.-25- of il year,' Qaus said- "'No -trhsi vre carrse up against, '.re going :o play hard and Leave ii afl etui ifaere. arid iiafs v/bai "I'i'e did here." On a leam vfe.ere niair/ players s^ood KTL rP.^iti; bad ibe toast con- sis-ten: Series, goisg !0-io-r-25 a: me piaie. lie homered twice in Anaheim's opening 4-3 loss aod hh a rivo-ron drive in Ganie 4. aaoHieT 4-3 defeai- His b-^gesi hn dkini go wer ibe se ruoni£a- vralL bui iss'i&ad siTii ruia of tfce Series. 'iTcesi he came up in tbe eigfam in- nmg of Garae 6 Samn±ay mghi, T .'iith tie Aageis hsilag dar^.^ed hack 10 5-4 after trailing by 5ve runs, his tv.Tj-run double off Hobo Xien seni die .-kngeis 02 10 £ 6-5 viln and gave them Me vrhen tfaer could have been going borae. Perhaps because die 2S-year-oki third baseman from Tarzana has 2012-i vision [vriifc coniacis). be was among ihe Srsi to eir.ision a \'ibjid Series tide in Anaheim. >.{sybe, he could see ii because he's been a Southern Calif orasan his vrnoie life. becommg a big baseball star ai UCLA. "*! ibiai; ^ie feeling ^'rould be treniendoiis no maner T i' ( iiere we were." be said. *bu: fo-r me to be ai boziie, nr.- fri&rais aiai smih- §K ID be h&^. Tbe^'Ve afl been a pan of it. For them to be -v.-azchicg, and ibe fan support asd everiTfalng — u He didn"; do much La Game ., goingO-for-2 v.idi a pair of'ivaiks, but he aimed lise Series around Samr- da^r. Viitfioui his b;g hit, mavbe ihere's no tide. Maybe Anaheim er e.^> gets to Gasse 7. Wb-rlW 5er>es A4VP Troy G/au5 cefei^rateJ wfrfi Jbdoe Aufry, af former Angels owner Gene Autry, fotiowfng Sunday's Game 7 victory over the Giants. (AP photo) Angels claim first world title behind Lackey Continued from page 13 Brendan Doanefty. Francisco Rodriguez and Troy Percival dosed it for rrrartawr },Qke Scjoscias buncfa- Pszdval escaped a frtTO-on. ooe-oia jam for his third save of tbe Series, TfabeiievabJe for us, for our fans.'' Perovai sakL "This team has worked as hard as any team eves. We deserre iL" And when ii was ovur. Southern Caufomia. die land of ceSuJosd stars, had just added a whofe leamjul of them while Hottywood luminaries Pierce Brosnan and John Travolta watcbed from rhe siaiids- n •'.Tas paracalariy fi'i^esi for Scioscia. who vfoa a rriie ^rtth Baker as pSayeis in 1931 for me Los A Dodgers, ifae team thai long shadowed its neighbors 10 the sourh. "Tni enjoning ii, but v.tsaj these gu^s ha\^ clone — they're going to enjoy iJ for a long nme," Scioscia sakL After ifae game, Soosoa and Baker spoke oa tbe pboae. *\Se had « l eiyuiing fiafl inio ptace.' Scioscia said "if we didn't win it, you know I iraniad you to. Vbu gin's are cnampsons, hold your beads higfa. You're avreso n>e.^ The game mighs have been tbe bst for Baker vfjih the Gianis. There are gro'i'iing indkarions bell soon leave, pos-sibh; to take cn^er the Chicago Cubs or Seanle. Before this year, the Angels vrere kowiTi mostfy for bearrnreak, epno- mized by die Wovm ssrse by Donnie }>toore that cost them a chance 10 reach the 1986 Series. Bekjved owner Gene Aurry never sa\v his team get this far before passing away, end it didn't look like these guys -rtxxiki do it, eiiher, especialh' aiier Snisfaing 41 games oui of 5rsJ pJacein2001. Somehow, rhe Angeis pulled n 10- gether- They led the majors in hining, o% l er»'itielined the New York Yankees and Minnesota in rhe AL playofis and tben knocked oui Bonds and ihe Giants. 'AVoerever he is, my husband is smiling dcrim a! these ballplayers aad he's having a wonderful time vraiching me get drowned in cfaarn- pagne," Jackie Auirj T said. Oi'.Tieni by Tbe Vials IXsaei-Co, the Aogeis ai£ SE3 &>r safe. Sefe-ie siien, ibou^i. dasj-* can cestzMy tszvsi ifae three niiks, &r so enjoy ifajjs m&si i oasihjp. Tisars viiieie siae iica«rj T parade wiS be Tuesday. "This has lafcen cniar as tiae Jiag)«p§- ea place on eanfa urn^n." Duaasy ciiarnisan Jiiiijael E5S£ar*aadL Anaheim aad ifae Ganls cr«nnJhrT.r7v>i(j for a recoid 85 runs and 21 faceaawx. liernandez had been 6-O lifesfisse an tne postseason before losaig rx>ioe to the Angeis. Scioscia worked wonders By STEVE WILSTEIN AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. — In his moment of triumph, Mike Scioscia didn't forget his old teammate and mentor. Amid the Anaheim Angels' wild celebration of their World Series championship Sunday night, Scioscia paused to write a note and asked an aide to take it to San Francisco manager Dusty Baker. Moments later, the,phone rang in Scioscia's office. "We had everything fall into place," Scioscia told Baker after the Angels' 4-1 victory in Game 7. "If we didn't win it, you know I wanted you to. You guys are champions. Hold your heads high. You're awesome." Scioscia was the kind of player who was always thoughtful, a catcher who asked questions and listened. He turned into the kind of manager vrho listened to veterans not much younger than himself on the Angels, won their respect and led them to a championship in only his third season. Scioscia learned from Tommy Lasorda. He asked a million questions of Roy Campanella. lie found a Siead and teacher in Baker, who was 10 years older and had the locker sen to him in the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse. Scioscia learned from all of them, and others in the Dodgers' organization, that champions are built on the fundamentals of the game, playing baseball the right way. Roxie Campanella, the great catcher's widow, was in the dugout after the game Sunday night "I feel so happy for Mike," she said. "Roy loved him from his first game and stuck with him. Roy taught him everything that he knew, and he wanted to know everything." One of the youngest managers to win a World Series, the 43-year-old Scioscia didn't panic when the Angels struggled. He kept counseling patience, pushing his players to be aggressive at the plate and on the field. They played hard, just as he had. A man does not catch 1,395 games, a Dodgers record, without learning all the nuances of the game. Scioscia learned that and more. Lasorda always believed Scioscia would-be a manager because of the way he handled pitchers as a catcher. 'He was a very, very tough guy behind me plate," Lasorda said. "And he was very patient. He still is." Scioscia spoke to his players in spring training this year about keeping up die pressure on offense, not \vairing for homers. He brought a style to rhe Angels that was closer to that of a National League team, more the \vay he had learned the game widi the Dodgers. "Mike told everybody how aggres- sn-ely he \vas going to be managing, how \ve had to manufacture runs to be a championship ballclub," said batting coach Mickey Hatcher, a teammate of Scioscia's on the Dodgers. "From there, we let some of the players talk, Ersty (Darin Erstad), Garret Anderson. The thing they came up with, more important than hitting 300, is on-base percentage, runs scored and RBIs. Spring training is \vhere they needed to find that approach." Scioscia encouraged the team's natural leaders to emerge — Erstad, Anderson, Tim Salmon, Scott Spiezio — and he shaped the Angels into exactly the Sand of team he had envisioned, Thej' won 99 games during the regular season, got the wild card in the playoffs, and rode their nonstop pressure offense to a championship. Tve been in this game for a long time and have never been around a group of guys so passionate," said Scioscia, a member of the Dodgers' 1931 and 1988 championship teams. *Ir's much better as a player. I'm enjoying it, but what these guys have done— they're going to enjoy it for a longtime." Scioscia showed over and over that he wouldn't shy away from taking risks. He gave his players the green light on the bases and sent a rookie out to start the seventh game of the World Series. John Lackey rewarded Scioscia's confidence by becoming the first rookie starter to win Game 7 in 93 years, "You have to look at what he's all about," Scioscia said. "This guy is not going to rattle, he's not going to be intimidated.... He did everything we could have asked of him. What a job!' The manager then praised the games other pitchers: Brendan Don- nefly, Francisco Rodriguez and closer TroyPeravaL Angels pitching coach Bud Black, who played for San Francisco under Baker in 1993-94. saw similarities in rhe two managers, Their biggest strength is their honesty with the players," Black said. They both have the players' respect, absolutely. They both had tremendous playing careers, giving them credibility. "The players can see them as their tnanager. their leader. They can relate to them as teammates as well."

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