With Randy Johnson's back, what
kind of adjustments, if at all, does he have to
make, will he be basically the same pitcher?
RON GUIDRY: He'll be basically the
same. He threw really well in the bullpen
yesterday. That was a good sign. He got a lot of
extension and it was a lot easier than it was the
time before. I'm sure that, you know, his back is
probably -- far as the problem that he has, is
always going to be stiff, but I think it's something
that he works through. And, you know, if he throws
just like he threw in the bullpen yesterday, his
game tomorrow, he should throw pretty well.
Just wondering if you've noticed a
big difference in the atmosphere of the playoffs
and just how things have changed since you
RON GUIDRY: I don't think they sleep
anymore. I don't see anybody taking naps in their
locker like we used to do.
I think it's a great atmosphere. It's different
type of players. You know, now they all have the
earphones or they all have their computers. We
didn't have the earphones, the computers, the
DVDs, all that stuff. All we had was each other.
I know a lot of guys used to take naps. I
know a lot of the pitchers did. There was not very
much else for us to do but take a little nap before,
you know, our games. Personally when I went
through it, I didn't want to have to think about
anything more about the game. I just assumed
take a nap and forget about it, clear my mind, and
so when I go out to the pen, I can't -- you know,
everybody always said, well, what did you prepare
for. I didn't know because I won't know until I
throw what I have in the bullpen. I don't know if I'll
be throwing the ball hard, slow; I don't know if a
slider will be breaking or not. I'm not going to give
myself any problems to worry about until I see
what I can go out there with. That's why I took a
You had the big season in 1978 and
then eight years later, you won 22 games, I
think it was. You probably were not the same
pitcher over that span. Was the transition you
made similar to the way you've coached Randy
Johnson this year, to maybe win with different
velocity or different stuff?
RON GUIDRY: That's correct. You can
throw so hard so long, and there's just so many
real exceptional pitches in your shoulder, your arm,
whatever. So as you get older, you might lose the
consistency of your pitches. Doesn't mean you
can't throw same speed-wise, you know, '95, '96,
every once in awhile.
The thing that you lose is the ability to
throw it for nine innings. You have to learn to pitch
with it for maybe five, six, seven innings. It's an
adjustment. Until you learn how to go about it fully,
it's going to present a battle to you. You're really
going to have to fight it.
And I mean, as far as RJ is concerned,
that's probably some of the stuff that he went
through this year, trying to become a better pitcher
by throwing more pitches way out of the strike
zone towards the outside par of the plate and not
always trying to challenge guys inside. There's a
lot of things that you have to learn, but he's
How has this year gone for you,
your decision to get back in the game full time?
RON GUIDRY: Well, it's been fun. It's
what I thought it would be. There's a lot of tension
moments, there's a lot of fun moments. It's good to
be back with a full-time job because you don't see
a lot of the stuff when you're watching it on
television, what you have to go through.
I think the toughest part of the job was
Spring Training, when you have 30-somewhat
pitchers that you can control to make sure that they
all get a certain amount of throwing in to prepare
for the season. That was the biggest thing that I
had to learn how to do.
You know, when you start the season,
you're only going to have 11 or 12, that's a little bit
easier. But it's almost a format. You place them
and then that's how it goes, but you're supposed to
place them at the beginning of the spring so they
can go through the year. But it's all the other guys
that you're trying to look at, give a shot to maybe
make the team, see what you can do, so if we
need you, we can call you. It's those guys that's
more or less in your hands, and it's their careers
that you're playing with. So that was the hardest
I wanted to make sure that, you know, I
gave everybody a fair shot at doing it, even the
young kids coming up. I remember what it was like
when I was here. Of course, you know, whether
you say you want to cater to the every day guys
that you're going to have, I understand that, but
you invite a lot of pitchers to come, and it's a
shame if you don't throw them at some point in
time. Because a lot of times that I was here, we
didn't do that. We invited a lot of arms to come,
but we never used them.
So you never knew if somebody broke
down, if you needed a left-hander or a
right-hander, who can you call. We didn't have a
lot of people to call up because we didn't know
what they could do in setting in the big leagues.
That was one of the things that gave me a
lot of sleepless nights in the spring. But for future
references, it would be a lot easier to do it from
here on because I'll know what to expect.
Did you talk to Randy today and do
you have a Game 4 starter?
RON GUIDRY: Did I talk to Randy today?
No, I did not.
And do you have a Game 4 starter?
RON GUIDRY: I haven't gotten that far
I might be too old to ask this
question, but it seems to me that, you know,
pitch counts, there's been an obsession with
pitch count now, I never remembered it to be
emphasized as much as it has been in the last
few years, do you find that now or are you a
subscriber to that?
RON GUIDRY: Well, we pay attention to
it. Whether it's the right thing, I can't tell you that.
I just think that the way the game has
changed a lot, because of the emphasis on the
long men, middle relievers, closers, set up guys, all
of that has a lot to do with the way that the game is
played today. And you have so many guys that
are good at that job, that you know, the chance to
use them are always great.
So whether you say the pitch count is bad,
good, I don't know. There's probably more good
things about it because you can save your pitchers
from wearing down a lot faster, so they will be a
little bit stronger, where guys like me used to throw
250, 260, 270 innings, and you got tired at the end.
Everybody throws 200,220, 230 might be a lot
today. But if it saves an extra year or two on your
career, I think that would be great.
So, you know, there are good things, there
are bad things. If I was pitching today, I wouldn't
want to come out of the game. It didn't make any
difference how many pitches. Sometimes in
today's game, you know, it's more meaningful to
watch the pitchers to make sure, because you will
see, if it's been like that for a few years, then your
body is programmed to throw X amount of pitches
and when you get higher up all of a sudden, you
get tired a lot faster.
Do you think with some guys it
becomes are more of a mental thing than a
physical thing, and comes back, hey, how
many pitchers have I thrown that type of thing?
RON GUIDRY: I haven't asked anybody if
they felt like that before, so I can't answer that
honestly. I haven't had anybody say that or ask
me that. It's just most of the time in a game
situation, and you're following your pitcher, you
know basically where his strength will go to, where
it will carry, and if he gets in the neighborhood of
80 to 100 pitches but he's only in the fifth or sixth
inning, you know he's probably not going to be
able to go much further. And then you have to
make a decision on do we chance going further
with him or do we take him out now. That's all that
it's based on.
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