Time to get busy, not down

hunterreverseswinging550x25.jpgThis one was hard to take. I felt like we were ready to take it to the Red Sox, to play our game, and we didn’t get it done. Jon Lester was tough, man. Sometimes you have to give a guy credit. He was dealing some nasty stuff, and we couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it.

Big John Lackey was on his game, too. John deserved better. We should have scored more runs for him early when we had chances. It’s frustrating for everybody, but we have to get it out of our system and come out with the right attitude for Game 2 on Friday. You’ve got to have amnesia in this game. Hopefully, some of the younger guys can let this one go. This is still new to some of the guys, and they have to come out and play with the same fire and energy and confidence they had all season.

Maybe it helps, having the day off between games. Maybe we can use it to get rid of this game. We have to do that. We have too many good athletes in this room to get down on ourselves. We played great baseball all season, and there’s no reason why we can’t pick it up against Daisuke Matsuzaka and get back in this series.

I feel good having Ervin Santana out there for us. He’s been lights out all year. This kid has great stuff, some of the best stuff in the game. We all have confidence in him, and we’re going to get busy and get him some run support.

In the playoffs, one thing you can’t do is let something take the edge away from you. That might have happened when Vladimir Guerrero got thrown out trying to go to third when I hit that blooper over first base. He didn’t know it was going to fall in, so he hesitated for a second. I was surprised he kept going, but he was trying to be aggressive, make something happen.

hunterfollowthrough275x375.jpgVladdy is a great player, an all-time great player. He’ll bounce back. You don’t do what he’s done over his career without having the ability to shake something like this off. He was swinging the bat good, hitting some shots, so that’s a good sign. We have to focus on the positives now, not get caught up in the negatives. That can take you down if you’re not careful.

I was saying before the game that this reminds me of high school football, Friday night lights. I had all that adrenaline going for this game — I didn’t need any coffee, I can tell you that. My eyes were huge tonight. The key in big games like this is to use all that energy to your advantage, to take it to the other team. You’ve got to play the game with all your heart and soul, and you can’t be second-guessing yourself about things. Go with your instincts, let it flow.

We know who we’re facing here. These guys, the Red Sox, are the champions. You can’t just play them. You’ve got to beat those guys, take it to them. They’re not going to let you have it.

I think this was a good experience for the young guys, Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar, Mike Napoli. We’ve got veterans, but we’ve also got these young guys, and they’re learning about themselves. They got the first game in, and now they can go out and play. These guys have a ton of talent. We saw that all season. They’ve just got to trust their instincts and let all that talent flow.

We’re coming to play in Game 2. Friday night lights. We’ve got to go after it with everything we’ve got. We’ve got to take it to those guys.


  1. risaboo@earthlink.net

    It was difficult waking this morning as an Angels fan and feeling anything but frustration and disappointment. But reading Torii’s entry here is somewhat inspiring and a good pick-me-up for this morning.

    I was frustrated with the mistakes made last night because we’re such a better team than that. For GMJ to miss that fly ball, seemingly blinded by the lights in his own home stadium, it was so off-character for him. And Vlad’s decision to keep running — what on earth??

    But I like the way that Torii is basically suggesting the pretend-it-never-happened approach. It’s like that memory tazer that the “Men in Black” use to erase one’s memory entirely. Our guys need to have that thing used on them, and they need to go out on Friday with the thought that they’re the best team in baseball fresh in their mind.

    It’s usually quite difficult being one of the very few Angels fans who lives in NYC, but I have lots of people around me (Yankee fans) who want the BoSox to go down. So usually my husband and I are very alone in our rooting for my beloved Angels (I was a season ticket holder growing up in O.C.). Torri’s optimistic outlook and positive energy, Sciocia’s pragmatic and wise management strategies, combined with the supportive vibe that is all around NY today, will hopefully all translate into enough of a positive force that we’ll get this thing DONE! GO ANGELS!

  2. svirgil@socal.rr.com

    Torii, you’re like a ray of sunshine after a night of rain. I love your sense of humor and your positive outlook on what will truly be an amazing Post Season. I was at Rally Monday and I want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to make an appearance – hats off to the other guys that made it as well. I’m glad you’re an Angel. There are so many “true” and “loyal” fans out there…the ones that will cheer for you and the others through thick and thin. I don’t like it when the fans boo at any given moment, like a missed catch, or a poor outting or a bad at-bat. No one is perfect…and you guys are all human. So be it…just know that there are fans in the stands that feel the pain. I’m out there cheering you and the other guys on…I BELIEVE! Now go out there and BEAT THOSE RED SOX!

  3. metaligrlx@earthlink.net

    Torii, your advance couldn’t come soon enough, and honesty, couldn’t be better! He that cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good. There are plenty of fans supporting you and the crew (especially us Season Seat holders that got your back in center field!). We’re rooting for you – now put those Red Sox where they belong!

  4. kalikalalina@gmail.com

    Mr. Hunter, I love your positive attitude in this blog posting. It was so hard last night for me to watch the Angels go down yet again to the Red Sox in the postseason especially after our success against them this year. After I was done yelling at my television last night after the loss, I had to remind myself that hey its only the first game and we are not down and out yet. If anything, this only gives everyone that much more motivation and push to play harder and better in Game 2. I will be at that game tomorrow night and I am very much looking forward to a victory. Your arrival, along with Garland and Teixeira has breathed some more fire into the team. This has been an unbelievable season and I have gotten to see some pretty amazing things, I think the best being the 100th win on Sunday. Thank you again for your positive and uplifting post.

  5. lovetheangels


    We are so lucky to have you on the Angels. You are a class act, a solid citizen, a great ball player, plus you are as funny as heck.

    I even liked you when you were a Twin!

    Go Angels!

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  7. techvat@gmail.com

    You are the man Torri!!! Love having you on our team. I BELIEVE BABY! Remember 2002??? We lost every opening game in the post-season and came back to win it all.

    Game One was a tough loss. I was there. But, we pick ourselves up and take it to the RedSox now. Lester states that with their win in game one they can be more relaxed now. Well…good. Let’s mop the floor with them. We split the series at home and go to their house. I ain’t scared of the Big Green Monster! We will beat the RedSox like the red-headed step child they are!!!

  8. natorade

    Thanks for the encouraging words to the fans. Im sure you are doing the same to your teammates. This blog just shows what kind of character you have and I know that come friday you and the rest of the Halos will bounce back. You all just need to be aggressive to your pitch rather than Daisuke’s pitch. There is a reason you all won 8 of 9 this year, and you will show it tomorrow! Go get em!

  9. bobkbk


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