10/20/2013 2:14 A.M. ET
Oct. 19 John Farrell postgame interview
By / MLB.com
Q. Can you just talk about the emotion of this series, and it's finally over?
JOHN FARRELL: Well, first of all I just want to congratulate Jim Leyland, the entire Tiger organization. They have a great team. This series had a little bit of everything, comeback wins, unbelievable starting pitching, particularly on their part. Tonight we finally broke through on Scherzer who's been so dominant against us. This is the third time he started against us in I think the last six weeks, and it's been a matter of the most two runs, except for that seventh inning, where Victorino, finally we were able to break through.
You couldn't have asked for a better series. It tested everything we had, and just want to congratulate them on a great year.
Q. You got the big hit tonight from a guy that's been scuffling in this series, can you talk about Victorino?
JOHN FARRELL: He's come up big a number of times this season, tonight no bigger. And there's been a lot of pushback on a couple of guys in our lineup that have had some struggles, both he and Stephen Drew. In the seventh inning, Stephen makes a great play that shuts down an inning, and Vic, probably the last thing we're thinking of that he's going to hit a ball out of the ballpark and thankfully the curveball stayed.
Q. And then talk about the bullpen again.
JOHN FARRELL: I think coming to the postseason, there were a lot of questions circling around our guys to bridge it to Koji. And they couldn't have pitched anymore consistently, more effectively, you know, what Bres and what Taz have done, Workman tonight, outstanding inning plus on his part. Pedey is going to come up with big plays seemingly every time we walk on the field. He makes a diving play to his glove side. And this was a win, you point to any number of guys, Xander Bogaerts, that comes out of the Minor League system, and gets on base three times, no bigger than the 3‑2 double to give us the first run. But just a great overall approach.
Q. You just answered two of my questions, but that's okay. Bogaerts, this is a kid who looks like he's been in the League ten years, standing against Scherzer, a great at‑bat and the key walk.
JOHN FARRELL: You know, in the first walk he lays off a 2‑strike slide that was just off the plate. And it was a moment where you saw ‑‑ I think Avila might have said something to him, he looked at him and nodded his head, that he saw the pitch, took it, worked a walk. But much like we've gotten all reports all year long from our development staff he's beyond his years, he's got a bright, bright future.
Q. You had two shots against Scherzer, one you just missed a foul ball by inches and the top of the wall with Gomes later on. Was there any part of you wondering, it maybe just wasn't destined to go your way tonight?
JOHN FARRELL: When those opportunities come and go, there was one in the sixth inning, and Salty has a popup to the infield, against great pitchers such as him, those opportunities that are fleeting, you're wondering if you're going to get them back. But it's been the characteristic of this team that we're able to build that into the end.
Q. Can you talk about St. Louis?
JOHN FARRELL: You're way ahead of the gun, here. We're probably going to take 12 or 24 hours to let this one sink in. But watching them last night, they've got a fantastic team. And a lot of young power arms that will walk to that mound. By the time Wednesday rolls around we'll be prepared, but not right now.
Oct. 19 Shane Victorino postgame interview
Q. Take us through that at‑bat.
SHANE VICTORINO: I won't talk about the approach or what I thought ‑‑ no, honestly, I told myself get a pitch I can handle. Try to tie the game, at the minimum. Give ourselves ‑‑ get us back in the game and give us another chance. Fortunately I got a 0‑2 curveball that I could handle and was able to hit a home run.
It was a special moment. It's been a special year, we battled and good moments like this, you cherish it.
Q. The fact that you turned around to bat right‑handed in the middle of the season, what led to that and the fact that you can do this now against a right‑hander, what does that mean to you?
SHANE VICTORINO: You know, as we all know, it's tough to hit from one side of the plate, let alone be a switch‑hitter. It was one of those things that I've worked so hard on to be successful at. And to have the injuries that happened to me this year, with the hamstring and the back, and me saying to myself, hey, what if I just hit from the right side. It was a chance I took. The organization let me take a chance. But honestly with success, they definitely wanted me to continue.
My legs are feeling better. I still feel here and there when I try to work on it, from the left side, my back and my hamstring. But, hey, it's something you work on. I've done it all my life. And it's something that I continue to work hard on and try to be ‑‑ it's almost like another challenge, it's like becoming a switch‑hitter, it was like a challenge for me to learn to be a switch‑hitter. And it was a challenge that let me see if I can do this at the big league level as long as I can. Obviously it was hard, but again, I see it as a challenge and I'm going to continue to work on it.
Q. Maybe this is a silly question, but you turned yourself around yesterday ‑‑ or last game, rather. Was there any thought of going up left‑handed in this game?
SHANE VICTORINO: Oh, absolutely. You probably weren't there the other night when the question was asked after the game and I said, we're squashing that for this year, I'm going to stick exclusively with the right side. Hey, I might have a trick up my sleeves in the playoffs. I'm confident to say that I'm going to continue to work from the right side on the rest of this year. For this year it's pretty much a done deal.
Q. When you came here, you come to an organization that hadn't played well the last year. What made you see that it might turn around here, and when did you really realize that something special was happening?
SHANE VICTORINO: You know, honestly it was one of those things, you know, I think about, you know, the Red Sox, the franchise. Again, playing against these guys, getting an opportunity. It's a no‑brainer to me when I got the opportunity to come here.
And to me when it got special was day 1 of Spring Training. We came in with the mindset that we're all going to go out and give it our best. Take one at‑bat at a time, one pitch at a time, one game at a time from Spring Training. And it's continued. Obviously all out tonight.
That question was definitely in my head, how am I going to explain this not getting the bunt down. And in a crucial situation where you've got to minimize the mistakes, every single thing counts. It makes it that much more special. I knew all along this was going to be a special team.
Q. When you hit the ball, were you thinking, sacrifice fly, off the wall, over the wall, all of the above, did you know?
SHANE VICTORINO: Honestly, it was all of the above. The first thought was get enough air to tie the game. And then I thought this could get up over the wall. All the emotions went through my mind.
No disrespect, and I would never be one of those guys, if guys took it wrong, but I was definitely excited running around the bases, the pounding in my chest. I've been that kind of guy. I don't like when teams show that kind of emotion. And I hope they understand it was a special moment for me, for the city. And no disrespect, again, the guys across the way, we played the Tigers, I respect those guys like no other, the staff, everybody. It was a special moment. And like I said, no disrespect to them, but this was a battle to the end.
Q. I think you've hit prior to tonight maybe one home run in the last month, you haven't had a great LCS, you couldn't get the bunt down.
SHANE VICTORINO: I had an error in the first game.
Q. It kind of shows the professional in you. You looked confident when you went up, you didn't seem shaky. Does any of that enter into your mind?
SHANE VICTORINO: I'm not down and out, my parents, my brother, this is one of the cliches that I've used, is play the game like it's your last. Play to the end, play to the last out.
As I said, I was definitely ‑‑ lots of thoughts were going through my head, how I was going to explain not getting that bunt down, all these kind of emotions. When I got up, do what you do best, go out and have fun doing what you're doing. And it worked this time. I take all the credit and my teammates take all the credit for pushing me to work hard, to continue to stay positive. Trust me, I was down and out, I heard people talking about dropping me in the lineup. It makes me want to go out and be that much better.
Q. Given that you heard people say dropping you on the lineup, what does it mean to you that you went ahead and did that?
SHANE VICTORINO: Hey, it's not the first time my back was against the wall or people doubted me. And I say it in a positive way that I've always been that kind of guy, it's been my drive. People said you're a little too small, I don't know if you can ever get to the big leagues. Scout told my mom in high school, he'll never be a Major League player, he'll never get there. It's stuff that motivates me. Lucky enough it worked out for me.
Oct. 19 Koji Uehara postgame interview
Q. Is it any different working with a three‑run lead than working with the one‑run lead you've had the rest of the series?
KOJI UEHARA: There was some extra ‑‑ I knew that I can give up some runs, so I felt a little bit more comfortable.
Q. At the beginning of the year it didn't seem like you'd be the closer on this team, now you're the MVP of the ALCS. Your thoughts on the improbability of that and how you feel right now?
KOJI UEHARA: All I can say that I'm extremely, extremely happy right now.
Q. When you signed with the Red Sox they were the last place team with a new manager and a lot of uncertainty. What were your expectations for the team? What did you come into this expecting from the team?
KOJI UEHARA: It was more of how the team wanted me, their passion to acquire me and the sincerity. I felt honored to play for this team.
Q. There was some concern, maybe not by you, but by observers, media people, that at some point this year you get tired, there was a lot of demands, a lot of games, a lot of innings. Were you ever concerned about that at any point?
KOJI UEHARA: I am tired right now (laughter).
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