Theo: ‘We got outplayed’
|10.11.09 at 5:13 pm ET|
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein gave credit to the Los Angeles Angels following his team’s shocking 7-6 loss on Sunday at Fenway Park that eliminated them from the postseason.
“I think we got outplayed in this series,” Epstein said. “We didn’t play our baseball. We didn’t play all that well, all things told, over these last three games and they certainly did. They deserve it. They outplayed us fair and square and they deserve to move on. You have to be a really good team and play really well to move on in the playoffs. We didn’t play well in this series.”
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Here is the complete transcript after what Epstein described as “certainly an unexpected conclusion to the series and the season.” (Epstein said that today was not the day to discuss what the future might hold; he will address that on another day.)
What do you take from this? The randomness of a short series?
That sounds like a crutch.
We got outplayed in this series. We didn’t play our best baseball. We didn’t play all that well, all things told, over these last three games, and they certainly did. They deserve it. They outplayed us fiar and square and they deserve to move on.
You have to be a really good team and play really well to advance in the playoffs. We didn’t play well.
Going forward, are there things that you react to from those three games?
Maybe some nuances, but nothing new. Only things that were reflected earlier in the season as well.
You can’t make decisions based on any three games. I don’t think anything that occurred in this series came completely out of the blue, either. There were times this year when we struggled hitting on the road. There were times this series when we struggled hitting on the road. There were certain things that went down this series were foreshadowed during the regular season as well. That said, I think we were a team capable of winning the World Series. Had we come out and played better, I think we’d still be playing right now.
Were you shocked to watch the lead disappear?
It’s a surprise because our bullpen is strong. We had a nice lead. We had the shadows, a little bit of momentum. They scrapped hard in the late innings, and we weren’t able to put guys away. We had a lot of guys 0-2, two strikes, and just weren’t able to put guys away, didn’t make a couple plays. They had good at-bats when they needed to. They made the plays.
They deserve the credit.
How long will this linger?
It kind of always lingers. You always find your mind going back to postseasons past, the last game, always. I still think about ’03, I think about 2005, I think about last year and now I’ll think about this. You don’t find yourself too often thinking about a Tuesday game in Seattle in April. These are the ones you think about, just as the time you win series, those stay in your memory bank. So do these. It’s part of life, part of reality in baseball and in the postseason: things can end quickly.
Do you look at the trend line — World Series in ’07, ALCS in ’08, ALDS in ’09 — and see a downward trend?
No. No. The way I look at it, we’ve had two three-year runs in the postseason. We’ve swept the Wrold Series twice. We’ve lost in the ALCS in Game 7 twice. And we’ve been swept in the first round twice. We couldn’t have predicted it at any time. We were prepared to go on a nice long run here.
The goal of this organization is to try to win 95 games if we can in the regular season, get into the postseason, then play our tails off and try to win a World Series. We didn’t play well in this series. That’s a disappointment. We have to live with that.
What were you thoughts about some in the crowd booing Papelbon?
I didn’t hear that. I think they were booing at the situation, more than at the guy. He’s been a big part of our success. He didn’t have it today. There were a lot of frustrated people out there. I would be shocked if they were booing him, personally. They were probably booing the situation, what happened.
What were your impressions of Daniel Bard?
That was an impressive performance by him. He answered whatever questions anyone might still have about him. Maybe he answered some more today. He was knocked down in the draft. Some people didn’t think he had big-time makeup. His first postseason, he showed that he does. That was impressive.
Even in a loss, was it encouraging for the organization to see Buchholz’ performance?
Clay pitched well.
We’re one organization and we got eliminated from the postseason today, so it wasn’t a good day, period.
Clay showed a lot of composure, pitched really well, pitched great with his fastball.
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