Very odd situation after this afternoon’s game.
You may have noticed a dearth of quotes in my late game story, including none from the manager, pitching coach or anyone who batted in the starting lineup. There was a reason for that.
We knew ahead of time that TLR wouldn’t be speaking postgame. He apparently had someplace to be very quickly after the game, and got out of the stadium immediately when it ended. Dave Duncan similarly was gone almost instantly. Nonetheless there was a postgame news conference, so duties fell on bench coach Joe Pettini, who gave a game effort in what I’m sure wasn’t much of a fun situation.
Still, by the time Pettini was finished with us, it was more than 20 minutes after the game. And until that time, the clubhouse remained entirely closed to all media. So by the time we got there, many of the more prominent players from the game were long gone. To Jason Marquis’ credit, he didn’t bolt. And some of the relievers stuck around to talk, as did Preston Wilson, who made the last out of the game. For the most part, though, there weren’t many guys available whose comments would have added to the story of the game — which was 1, Marquis’ outing, and 2, Oswalt’s dominance.
Anyway. You may not care about this in the slightest. And I know you don’t want to hear griping from us in the press box, given that we admittedly have a great job. But I did figure you were owed the explanation as to why there weren’t a lot of voices in today’s game story, and why you probably won’t see many big names in tonight’s TV recaps either.
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