Trembley's half-hour chat
If you follow me on Twitter, or if you just watch MASN postgame, you probably noticed how short manager Dave Trembley’s session with the media was last night. It clocked it at under three minutes, perhaps telling of how the season has repeated itself and we’ve run out of questions (and prefer to not keep asking the same ones.)
Anyways, today’s chat nearly made up for it, with 28 minutes of Trembley’s thoughts all on my recorder. Here are the highlights that didn’t morph into a story on Orioles.com….
(On Kevin Millwood facing an ace seemingly every start)
I don’t believe it bothers him. I think he looks forward to pitching every fifth day. And you know for the most part what you are going to get. You are going to get effort. You are going to get a feeling that you are going to win and you are going to get someone that is going to go deep into the game. Tremendous.
(On taking any solace in the games being close)
“I think the only thing that gets you through is to win. You take no satisfaction in patting yourself on the back and saying Well I did everything I possibly could but we lost.’ It’s a team thing. You stay behind your players, I have a lot of confidence in all of them. I am not stopping believing in any of them. I am going to go and give them every opportunity I possibly can and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
The hard thing is it seems to be a repetitive situation that keeps coming up.”
(on Tejada at third base)
I think he’s been fine, I really do. I think he’s been very good at it, made a lot of nice plays, showed a strong accurate arm. Tejada is where he’s at in his career because he has a lot of pride. In order to get that pride, you work at it. He did that in spring training and he continues to do that each and every day. He is a man that gives you everything he’s got all the time.
(on Lou Montanez not playing at all with Corey Patterson arriving)
“I can’t guarantee playing time in that situation. Our need was to get a leadoff hitter and we got Patterson here and I think he’s done tremendous. And if that has not given Monty an opportunity to play, that’s just part of it. It’s a situation where we need a leadoff hitter. Patterson has done very well.”
(on if he prefers keeping Wigginton at second instead of moving him to first)
“I don’t know if that’s the proper terminology. I think what you may be referring to is, why is Atkins still playing first base. That is my choice. That is my choice.”
But given that the Orioles start Interleague play on Friday, Trembley acknowledged he’s going to have to find a way to get the designated hitter’s bat in the game. First base, anyone? Oh, I think so.