Via Danny Knobler -
But as the Angels packed their bags after Saturday night’s 4-3, 13-inning loss, there was a defiant streak that we never saw from the Twins, a confidence that befits a 97-win team just days removed from eliminating the Red Sox.
“You’d better believe we’ll be back here [for Game 6],” manager Mike Scioscia said as he walked out of his Yankee Stadium office. “I’m leaving my briefcase here.”
For the record, Scioscia took the briefcase, but he had made his point.
So did Torii Hunter, who saw no need for the type of “show some nuts” speech he gave last month in Boston. The Angels are disappointed to be down two games to none, deflated even after a game they led before A-Rod’s clutch home run in the 11th, but not devastated or depressed.
And not defeated — not yet.
“Hey, lot of baseball left, that’s all I can say,” Hunter said. “Lot of baseball left, and we’re going to play a little better. I got this feeling, man, that we’re going to have better games, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.
“We go home, it’s going to be a different scene — definitely.”
“We didn’t hit with runners in scoring position, that was our problem,” [Bobby] Abreu said. “Monday, it’s going to be different.”
Well, let’s see…
The 1981 Dodgers were in this spot in the World Series and forced a Game Six. Ditto the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1987 World Series. And, of course, there was the 2001 Yankees in the World Series. And, there was the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series…and the 1978 Yankees in the World Series…
…so, it can happen…I suppose.
But, if I were an Angels fan, I would wait to see a Halos win in Game Five before I booked any plane flights to New York for Game Six…