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Tito's thoughts

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  March 30, 2008 01:51 AM

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Terry Francona's postgame comments:

It was a pretty special night. I don't think any of us knew what to expect coming in. I think everybody involved both teams, both (sets of players), the Dodgers organization, they did a great job. And I thought the players did a good job of trying to get something out of the game and not paying attention to the short porch. It ended up being a special night all around.

I've never played before 115,000 fans, and I've never been to Japan. But I have been to Oakland and we'll be excited to get this thing going again.'

LA TV guy: Thank you coach

Francona: Thank you media

On Wakefield's performance (5 IP, 1 unearned run, five hits): I thought he did a pretty good job of not letting things get in the way of his preparation. Again, Wake doesn't need a whole big talking to, but we had mentioned, if things do get a little crazy, stay in your game. He threw strikes, he did well. I thought he was fightingf to stay back early on, but even that he gathered himself and did pretty well.''

Did he contemplate using two outfielders (like Joe Torre did): No, that's home field advantage.

What were guys saying coming off the field about how it was playing? The first inning or two, guys were having a tough time seeing -- the football lights and no hitters background -- and then as it got darker, nobody complained about anything. They were I think having a good time with it. Everybody had fun. There was a lot of people watching, and they did a good job.

Did it feel gimmicky? Yeah I mean in between every inning (there was ceremony), but everyone understood why and whoever was responsible did a good job. We knew what was going on and you just talk about before the game, the key to the night was being flexible.
It was OK.

See picture of Kareem and Pedroia together? I saw it. I wanted him to go in there and box him out and he wouldn't do it.

My favorite part of the whole night was when the foul ball went up and about 57 guys ran to protect Pam Anderson.

Catcher Kevin Cash on Wakefield: Since I started catching him late in spring training, he's been awesome. I wish the season would start because it's not easy for any pitcher to maintain the kind of stuff he's had, whether it's been a minor league game, a Japanese game or this game.

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