‘The Dog’ is flashing its teeth

Sometimes you’ve got to shake it up to wake them up. I didn’t have any plan or anything when I said what I said in Boston, about how we needed to forget all this Boston talk and just play our game. I was reacting emotionally to what was going on – I was upset, and I let it be known.

I don’t think it hurt, judging by the way we responded in that last game and then here in Texas on Friday night after a long trip on Thursday night. People don’t realize we got into Texas around 3 in the morning, then when we got to our hotel, there was no air conditioning, so some guys weren’t getting to sleep until about 5 in the morning.

That can make you less than on top of your game, and it might have had something to do with my error, the first one I’ve made in a long time – 265 regular-season games. I was making an aggressive play trying to keep a man at first, but it sailed and I got the error. Hey, nobody’s perfect, right?

As for what I said after that loss on Wednesday night in Boston when we didn’t get those calls at the end of the game, I really meant it. It shouldn’t have come down to those calls. We didn’t make plays earlier in the game, and we paid for it.

That wasn’t like us, making mistakes like that, and I let it be known that’s not us. We have to play the game the way we always do and forget about all the Boston hype, the Boston media talking about history and all that. It was a regular-season game, and we made some mistakes and got beat.

The next night, we came back and played much better and won a game. It was a good experience, as a whole, because we showed we know how to respond after a rough night. And they don’t come much rougher than that 9-8 game we lost.

We were facing one of the best in the game, Josh Beckett, the next night, and we got it done. We battled and battled and battled. Next thing we knew, we came up with a win. That was a big win. I’m really proud of our guys, the way we responded. It shows what we’re all about and how good this team can be.

One thing I didn’t do and will never do is call out a guy, an individual. I always say us or we. I’ve never done that, put the blame on one guy. When I said what I said, it was to get some of the guys to kind of check themselves, look in the mirror – whether it was me or anybody. It was to say, hey, I’m not playing the game I love the way I should play it. That was the point, and I hope it did some good.

This has not been an easy trip. We fly cross country, to New York, for one game, then go up to Boston for three, play a night game and fly to Texas, get in at 3 in the morning, get to sleep at 4, 5, and get up and play the next day.

I was really impressed with Scott Kazmir, the way he handled himself. He got through six scoreless innings without much of a breaking ball or changeup, putting his fastball in good spots and showing how tough he is. I think he is really going to be big for us.

There’s a mental toughness I’m seeing in this team now. We’re getting that “dog” I’ve been looking for, that mentality. We talked about it last year during the playoffs. Once you’ve done it, you know you can do it. That’s the dog I’ve been looking for, and I’m starting to see it.

I have so much faith in this ballclub. We’ve been through a lot this year. I really have a good feeling about where we are right now – and where we’re going.  

 

10 Comments

Mr Hunter
hey the team needs some fire lit up their butts sometimes.. pressure can definitely help you perform well.
I believe in this team as well this year’s team has so much potential to go “ALL THE WAY”!!!

here’s to the rest of the season!!!

GO ANGELS!!!

Good luck in the playoffs once you get there Torii, beat Boston/NYY please

Good Job torii!!

This is the time to get all fired up. This is the time to really make note of what is happening and what is not. Before you know it the end will be here and the team will be wondering what happened. I do appreciate and feel very concerned with your very difficult schedule. Flying across contry and back and having to play the hardest teams in baseball. And, I have to say the agels did a very good job. Good Luck to the Angels I do beleive that the team has the stuff to goo all the way. And, I will be the fan that will stay until the end of every game. Thank you for being so honest. Stay healthy and Play Hard!!

This is the time to get all fired up. This is the time to really make note of what is happening and what is not. Before you know it the end will be here and the team will be wondering what happened. I do appreciate and feel very concerned with your very difficult schedule. Flying across contry and back and having to play the hardest teams in baseball. And, I have to say the agels did a very good job. Good Luck to the Angels I do beleive that the team has the stuff to goo all the way. And, I will be the fan that will stay until the end of every game. Thank you for being so honest. Stay healthy and Play Hard!!

Um – off the wall here – but don’t you think pink and purple uniforms would be better than any with red in it? HEHEHE

I am a very disappointed Angels fan here, how much more should we believe!!! Last week Tori spoke on the players not stepping up yet this week he leaves his men hanging on base. Quit the emotion issues and play ball. For this you might as well move aside and let Texas take over. Just save US the frustration. We pay too much for ya’ll to be choke artist.

Mr. Torii Hunter, great article. Even when you were with the Twins, I look up to you as a model of passion and spirit (besides my parents). And those are the qualities that I want to get back. I’m a high school student playing for the JV team and I feel that I have lost the desire for playing baseball. It all began when my coach benched me when I blew a save. Since that game, I lost my confidence and started playing worse each day. Consequently, I began thinking about quitting. Did you ever have the same experience? How do you regain confidence and passion?

I have to say that friday 9/25 games was very surprizing. I felt like the players didn’t want to be there. No matter who you are playing now you must come to the park all fired up and ready to win. It was very surprizing to watch this 4 th place team demolish the Angels. I think the Angels will come back tonight and continue playing hard until the end. Remember I don’t think the players come to lose. Focus, the fans want to see WINS!!!
Tori what is going on at the plate? You are spectacular out in the field, but as you step to the plate something else is on your mind. I do hope that you are healthy, and not playing with an injury.
Good Luck!!

Torii,

Thanks for a great regular season. Can’t wait to watch you guys get the “business finished”. We know you can do it and we’ll be cheering you all the way to and through the WS.

Stay healthy, get your rest and don’t let ANYTHING that the media is saying get in your head. Just play Angels baseball and you can beat Boston and move through everyone else.

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