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October 25, 2011

Ron Washington World Series Game 5 postgame quotes

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington's quotes after Game 5 of the 2011 World Series:

On the strategy of walking Albert Pujols in the seventh inning:

"Well, I certainly wasn't going to push [Allen] Craig to second base. So once first base got cleared up, then I put him on first base."

On splitting left-handers in the lineup:

"I usually leave (Mike) Napoli in the sixth or seventh spot. And when I play both (David) Murphy and (Mitch) Moreland, I usually run them back to back. I just decided with the lefties that Tony had down there in the bullpen, that if he brought in a lefty, he would have to go through Napoli or he would have to make an extra pitcher come in. So it worked."

On Napoli:

"...He came in as advertised as far as power, on-base percentage and my personal observation I've always admired the way he received when he was in Anaheim. So watching him now on a daily basis, I know my thoughts of him were correct, and he hasn't proved me wrong in any respect as far as his game goes. He certainly knows how to play baseball and he was taught well."

On sticking with Murphy in the eighth:

"Sometimes when a lefty comes in I feel good about Murph being in there and I thought Murph was having good at-bats all night. And it just felt like there was a good opportunity to let Murph swing. He could get lucky for us and make something happen, and he ended up hitting a ball up the middle off the pitcher's glove, loaded the bases and it worked out for us."

On C.J. Wilson:

"Well, he was getting in trouble and getting out. And I was certainly hoping for the one inning when he could go out there and find his rhythm and he could put two or three innings together, four together and get it done.

"You know, it was a battle for him all night. I mean, every inning he was out there, but that's the type of warrior he is. When you've got warriors on your team, you let them fight, and I let him fight and I kept him around. I had to go get him in the sixth, but from one to six he kept us in the ballgame, even though it wasn't a CJ-like type game. But he's a battler, he's a fighter. He's a warrior but that's what my team is."

On whether he thinks he won a chess match with Tony La Russa:

"Nope. As I always say, it is your players that make you look good. I did what I felt I had to do with my players and that's all I'm worried about. As you said, I can't match wits with Tony. I haven't been in the game that long. I just wish I could stay around as long as he has and be as successful as he has. I just trust my players and try to get them in a position where they can be successful, and they haven't let me down so far."

On how it feels to be one win away from a World Series title:

"Right now, there's two games left to be played, and our attitude is when we get the field again on Wednesday, we're just going to go out there and try and play the best game we can. We can't be thinking about we've got to win this game because all of a sudden we might miss something. We want to stay in the moment we want to play our game and if it is good enough Wednesday, we'll win. If not, we'll play Thursday. But we certainly won't be out there thinking about we've just got to win one game. I've been there before and that doesn't work."

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