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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Big Red Today: Q&A with Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels manager

While being called “Ersty” all the time must suck…I recently ran into a childhood friend who is still known as “Worm-Eye”.

World-Herald: What was your first impression of Darin Erstad?

Scioscia: Ersty? A number of things. First of all, the physical ability speaks for itself. I’d never really been around Darin — I was coaching with the Dodgers when he came on board with the Angels, was drafted and was in the big leagues very soon. You could see the physical talent. But until you get in the clubhouse with him, until you get on the practice field with him, until you get into a game situation with him, you don’t really appreciate how much he really means to the team. At the start of spring training in 2000, you could quickly see that Ersty was a special player and a special person. And there’s no doubt he was the foundation of those championship teams.

WH: There have been some changes lately, the biggest one being the (new composite) bats. Have you seen the game grow?

Scioscia: I’d like to see the college game go back to wood bats.

WH: Really?

Scioscia: Absolutely. I think that’s what this game is built around. I think some of the changes in bats are to try to make the bats more representative of what a wood bat would do, as far as bat speed and the caliber of how you hit a ball. I think it’s a good move. But if they’d go back to wood bats, I’d be happy.

Repoz Posted: February 02, 2013 at 08:25 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: February 02, 2013 at 09:39 AM (#4360605)
World-Herald: What was your first impression of Darin Erstad?

Scioscia: Ersty?
Ohhhh, I don't feel so good.
   2. Tripon Posted: February 02, 2013 at 10:27 AM (#4360618)
Erstad? HE'S A FOOTBALL PLAYER. HE WAS EVEN THE PUNTER ON HIS COLLEGE TEAM.
   3. puck Posted: February 02, 2013 at 11:26 AM (#4360652)
The occasion for the interview is that Erstad is the manager at Nebraska and Scioscia came to speak at the team's banquet. Pretty cool that Erstad is the manager.
   4. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: February 02, 2013 at 11:36 AM (#4360663)
Ersty (baby bring it over here) - whatchu know about that?

No knock on Erstad, but the huskers miss Van Horn...
   5. Rough Carrigan Posted: February 02, 2013 at 02:37 PM (#4360765)
And there’s no doubt he was the foundation of those championship teams.


Does Scioscia spend his time in an imaginary world where his teams won more championships than just the one in 2002?
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 02, 2013 at 02:48 PM (#4360769)
Stay Ersty, my friends.
   7. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: February 02, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4360770)
Manager stands up for former player. Haters hate.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: February 02, 2013 at 04:29 PM (#4360801)
Does Scioscia spend his time in an imaginary world where his teams won more championships than just the one in 2002?

He may be referring to division titles which they also won in 2004-5.

I'm imagine one could create plenty of doubt that he was the foundation of those teams.
   9. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: February 02, 2013 at 06:21 PM (#4360837)
The forests won't be too happy.
   10. Matt Welch Posted: February 03, 2013 at 06:16 PM (#4361347)
Erstad was a favorite target among the smart set after after his offense collapsed in 2001-onward. But WAR adores his defense and appreciates his baserunning in ways that make Scioscia seem more insightful than the anti-Ersties of yesteryear. Phenomenal defensive numbers at three positions.

Also, I hope he's the next Angels manager.

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