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Transcripts from 2018 ALDS Game 3 Postgame Press Conferences

ALDS Game 3 Postgame – October 8, 2018
1. Manager Aaron Boone
2. Manager Alex Cora
3. RHP Nathan Eovaldi, INF Brock Holt, OF
Andrew Benintendi
AL Division Series:
Yankees vs Red Sox
Monday, October 8, 2018
Aaron Boone
Yankees postgame 3
Boston – 16, New York – 1
Q. Aaron, it was reported on the TBS broadcast
that Severino didn’t throw his first warmup pitch in
the pen until 7:32. Did he, in fact, warm up late,
and if so, why?
AARON BOONE: No, he got his normal pitches
routine, faced his couple hitters down there. So no, no
issue with that.
Q. Aaron, he appeared to get hit pretty hard
through the three innings. What did you see that
made you feel comfortable with him to start the
AARON BOONE: Just hoping he could get something
started to get through the bottom of the lineup there,
and then we would have — we’re going to have Lynn
ready for bats no matter what. And then once the first
two guys got on there, thinking Bradley is in a bunting
situation, thinking we’re going to take him out and go to
the pen there. It just snowballed on him. Lance had a
little bit of trouble, obviously, coming in there. So it just
turned into a really bad inning for us.
Q. With all of your power relievers available, or off
yesterday, why not go to one of them instead of
Lynn in that spot?
AARON BOONE: Well, because with Dellin, we figured
we only had for an inning tonight. Certainly in
hindsight, we could have started the fourth inning with
Robbie or something, but we really felt like Sevy could
at least get us a couple outs in that fourth inning before
turning it over to Lynn, and then we could roll out our
guys. But we just couldn’t stop the bleeding at all.
That was the thinking behind it.
Q. How hard is it to flush a game like this out of the
minds by tomorrow, and what went into the
decision with Romine there?
AARON BOONE: No choice but to flush. The good
thing around today is it’s one game, and as awful of a
night as it was for us, we got to turn the page, and
tomorrow’s obviously do or die.
With Ro, it just got to that point. You know, obviously,
you hate doing something like that, but we just felt like
not wanting to use Robbie, Britton, Dellin, or Chappy in
that spot, knowing that we’re going to want them all
potentially up to a couple innings tomorrow if we need
it. So that’s what went into that.
Q. Aaron, you explained it as the bottom of the
lineup and hoping to get Sevy through, but he
seemed to be getting hit very hard in those three
innings, and you had talked about the urgency of
this time of year in your pregame press
conference. Should that have mitigated trying to
get through the bottom of the lineup there?
AARON BOONE: I mean, in hindsight because he
didn’t get an out, sure. But you also understand with
feeling like Dellin’s a little short tonight and not
probably having him in a multiple-inning situation and
down three there, you’re trying to kind of steal every
out, and then once you get to Bradley, knowing it’s a
bunting situation probably, we just kind of stuck with
him, and then hoping Lynn for those righties at the top
that didn’t work out well, and that inning snowballs on
us. But that was the thinking behind it.
Q. What did you think about Severino’s stuff? And
where did you notice any issues he was having?
And when particularly did you notice he might just
not have it today?
AARON BOONE: I didn’t think he was overly sharp
from the get-go. I thought stuff-wise he was okay. He
certainly didn’t seem as electric as his last time out. I
thought he shaped some pretty good sliders. He was
mixing in his change-up enough. I thought the Red
Sox did a really nice job of laying off close pitches, so
they didn’t expand much at all in those early innings
against him, so that kind of hurt him a little bit.
Overall, not as sharp, obviously, as he was his last few
starts, but I also feel like not too far off stuff-wise.
Q. When Lynn comes in with the bases loaded and
nobody out, he’s obviously not usually a reliever.
Did you factor that into that, that another reliever
would have more experience in that position?
AARON BOONE: Yeah, part of that, and also when we
brought him in in Boston, we kind of thought in terms of
that. But we also feel like we’re past that and we’re
through that, and we feel like Lance, in a lot of ways,
against righties gives us our best chance. He just
didn’t really have it tonight, but stuff-wise, the reason
he’s down there and in that spot is for that part of the
lineup. He just came in struggling right away with his
command. So the inning just got away.
Q. Aaron, why was Eovaldi so tough?
AARON BOONE: He’s obviously been tough on us all
year. Once he got the lead, he just continued to pound
the strike zone. The cutter was a factor. He mixed in
some breaking balls and some splits but was able to
locate and elevate his four-seam fastball. It seemed
like he mixed in some two-seamers as well, which isn’t
something he does a lot of. It seemed like that anyway
from the side. But he once again was an issue for us.
Q. The start of the fourth inning, the first two guys
reach a base against Severino. I don’t think you
had a guy up until after that second hit. Just
wondering why you waited until —
AARON BOONE: Lynn was up.
Q. Actually after the first pitch —
AARON BOONE: Right, and he was the inning before,
we were getting him ready too. So we didn’t feel like —
we were just — through the bottom of the order, the
matchup we want was Lynn through the top against the
righties. So once those two guys got on and it became
a bunting situation, we were just going to ride Sevy
through that spot.
Q. Aaron, just wanted to clarify because TBS was
making a big deal that Sevy only had eight minutes
to warm up. Are you saying that they’re wrong?
AARON BOONE: I’m not saying — I’m saying he had
his — he had plenty of warmup. He had what he
intended to go down there and get done, and Larry
said he was able to get through his normal routine,
where he faces a couple hitters and everything. So it
wasn’t an issue.
AL Division Series:
Yankees vs Red Sox
Monday, October 8, 2018
Alex Cora
Red Sox postgame 3
Boston – 16, New York – 1
Q. Can you talk about the boost Nathan gave the
team tonight.
ALEX CORA: It was outstanding, efficient, great stuff
from the get-go, using the fastball in different spots and
mixing up breaking balls and his splitter. He’s been
great against them the whole season, and that was
good to see tonight.
Q. Alex, Holt’s cycle was the first in postseason
history. What’s your reaction to kind of that
historic feat?
ALEX CORA: Great. He’s been swinging the bat well
for a while now. We felt the matchup was good for him
tonight although he was 0-for-whatever coming into the
game tonight against Severino. He’s been able to
catch up with fastballs headed the other way, breaking
balls, and pull it with power. He’s a good player.
Last year was a tough one for him as far as being
healthy and the whole thing that went on with him, but
when healthy, he can help you out. Tonight was a great
night for him.
Q. You actually said you were looking for a slider
that he could hit to right field, and he ended up
doing that.
ALEX CORA: Yeah, like I told you guys a few weeks
ago, play the Powerball tomorrow, and hopefully I can
get it.
Q. One lineup change you had to make because
Mitch was hurt, but the other three you had a
choice. How much did those three guys do you
think helped lead to what happened tonight?
ALEX CORA: Raffi in the first at-bat, very disciplined,
staying with the pitches, put in a good swing, then he
gets a good jump on a 3-2 count. He steals second.
With Brock, we know what he can do. It was just a
matter of to use him out there in the right matchup.
Christian, he was outstanding behind the plate. He did
a good job with Nate, with Heath and Eddie, put the
ball in play with a man at third and two outs. He gets
an infield hit, and then the hit and run, that was
beautiful. That was a great job sitting on the pitch
going the other way.
I think that play kind of got us going as far as the
beginning. It was something we’ve been doing the
whole season. He got a fastball that went the other
way, and after that, we took off.
Q. Someone asked you what you expected of
Eovaldi, and you said seven innings, two hits, and
one run. Was it close enough?
ALEX CORA: Yeah, it was. We trust the guy. His stuff
is that good. His fastball, 99, 100. The cutter, 94, 95.
The split. And one thing with him, it really doesn’t
matter. Like this stage, you guys saw it. It was
unbelievable before the game and the first few innings,
and he was just being Nate.
Pitching in Tampa or pitching in Fenway or pitching in
Yankee Stadium, he knows his stuff is good, and it’s
just about executing, throwing strikes, and letting the
defense do the job.
Q. Alex, being with Houston last year and coming
to New York and the ALCS, did you take any
lessons with you from Houston to Boston about
playing in New York or imparting any kind of
wisdom on the team in the playoffs in New York?
ALEX CORA: Well, I knew it was going to be loud.
That’s something I told them a few days ago.
Regardless of the rivalry and how many times we play
them, it’s a different vibe in the playoffs, and it was. I
mean, from the introductions to the first pitch to
whatever, it was alive. This place is great.
You’ve just got to stay in the moment. Just don’t get
too overhyped because we’re playing the Yankees and
it’s loud. Just keep it simple. Win every pitch, and
tonight we did.
Q. Alex, I know your team has passed a lot of tests
throughout a very successful regular season, but
do you learn anything on a night like tonight after
what happened in Game 2 to have this kind of
performance in Game 3?
ALEX CORA: Yeah, I mean, I know a lot of people got
caught up in Game 2, but it was a 3-1 game in the sixth
inning. Just one good swing by Gary late in the game,
and it was 6-2, I think it was.
We show up every day. That’s the thing about this
team. It’s boring, and people kind of like don’t like it,
but we show up, we prepare, we play, we turn the page,
and we’ve been doing it the whole season. We’ll do it
tonight, and tomorrow we’ll show up and be prepared
and play again.
Q. Alex, can you look ahead to tomorrow with CC
against Porcello, and how tough will it be to close it
out here?
ALEX CORA: It was tough today coming here 1-1. The
only thing we know is that, if we don’t win tomorrow, we
have a Game 5. That’s the only thing we gain today.
But we’ve got a chance to come here and put a good
game and see what happens. I know they trust CC.
We trust Rick. Veteran guys, they’ve done it for a few
years. It should be fun.
Q. Is Pearce okay?
ALEX CORA: Yeah, yeah. It was just a matter of
keeping him off his feet, and putting Ian in to play
defense and Brock at first base.
Q. How impressed were you with the team,
especially in the beginning of the game, with the
noise and everything and what you went through
last year with the Astros? Did you end up saying
anything to certain guys before it started?
ALEX CORA: No, I mentioned it to them when they
played the A’s. We had a team dinner to talk about the
regular season and what was coming for the playoffs,
and I let them know that it’s a different vibe here. This
place is amazing. It’s alive, and the fans, they get into
it from the get-go.
But I think from pitch 1, we let them know that we were
here although it was a fly ball to center field, but it was
a different approach by the fielder. He hasn’t swung at
the first pitch in a while, and he crushed that ball. It
didn’t go out, but it kind of let them know like, Hey,
we’re here. We’re going to be fine. It was a great
AL Division Series:
Yankees vs Red Sox
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Andrew Benintendi
Nathan Eovaldi
Brock Holt
Red Sox postgame 3
Boston – 16, New York – 1
Q. Nathan, you’ve obviously had a lot of success
against the Yankees since you came over to the
Sox. What was the most important part of tonight’s
game for you?
NATHAN EOVALDI: I felt like our offense, we were able
to score some runs early, which made it easier for me
to pitch. I feel like my fastball command and my cutter
were really effective tonight, and I was just trying to use
their aggressiveness against them and try and get
some quick outs.
Q. When Alex was in here, he was saying, the way
you pitch, like you were pitching at Tampa Bay or
pitching at Fenway Park, you didn’t let the
atmosphere or the crowd affect you. How is it you
were able to do that in a situation like this?
NATHAN EOVALDI: It was tough. Warming up before
the game, the crowd was pretty relentless down there
in the bullpen area. I think once you get going and you
get that first pitch out of the way, you’re able to settle
down, and it’s just another game. You go out there,
and you try and attack the hitters. I was effective, I felt
like, from the first pitch on, and we were able to get
some quick outs and get back to the dugout.
Q. Nathan, given how tumultuous your last few
years in baseball have been, how big is tonight for
you? What were your emotions going into it and
obviously coming out of the game, knowing the
work that you did?
NATHAN EOVALDI: It was a special moment for me. I
don’t think it’s really quite settled in yet. To be able to
pitch the way I did and then for us to score as many
runs as we did, it was a big game for us tonight. We
needed to win this one going into tomorrow. Hopefully,
we’ll be able to clinch here tomorrow and move on to
the next round.
Q. Brock, can you talk about your game today. Is
this a dream come true for you, Brock?
BROCK HOLT: Yeah, this one I’ll remember for a long
time. Obviously, you don’t go into the game expecting
to make history or do anything like that, but let alone
score 16 runs against a good New York Yankee team.
So it was a good night overall for everyone. Like I said,
this is one I’ll remember for a long time, and hopefully
we can carry this over into tomorrow.
Q. Brock, following that up, I’m assuming, when
you went up in the ninth against Romine, that you
knew you needed a home run for the cycle. What
was your mindset? What were you trying to do?
And then when did you find out that it was the first
one in postseason history after you got it?
BROCK HOLT: Well, obviously, yeah, I knew I needed
a home run. I saw Romine was on the mound. So you
get a little antsy when a position player is on the
mound. I told everyone, Get me up. I need a home
run for a cycle. I was going to try to hit a home run, but
I figured I’d ground out to first, be out in front of
But I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going
to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything.
Obviously, you don’t expect to hit a home run, but I was
trying to. I was trying to hit a home run. That’s
probably the first time I’ve ever tried to do that. I
rounded the bases, and seeing everyone going nuts in
the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me.
Like I said, tonight is something I’ll remember for a
long, long time.
Q. And when did you find out it was the first one in
postseason history?
BROCK HOLT: Postgame interview. Yeah, Lauren told
me in the postgame interview. I didn’t know that. So
that’s pretty special. To do it here at Yankee Stadium,
like I said, special night and a good night all around for
the Red Sox. Hopefully, we can carry this over.
Q. Nathan, even though you’ve pitched here before,
and even though fans here are rooting against you
tonight instead of for you, was there any comfort
just that you got from being here, pitching here for
quite a while?
NATHAN EOVALDI: Yeah. I mean, I’ve always enjoyed
pitching here. I feel like that’s just baseball. Having
the crowds, it’s a fun baseball atmosphere. When you
come here, you know the crowd’s going to be against
you. I try to turn it around and try to keep them out of it
as much as possible. I know that, maybe if I give up a
free base or give up a couple hits in a row, the crowd’s
going to get back into it, and I don’t want that to
happen to get those guys going over on the other side.
Try to make it a game within itself, and try and get the
guys out as fast as possible and keep the crowd out of
the game.
Q. And just your familiarity with some of the guys
in the Yankee clubhouse from being a teammate of
theirs, does that in any way help you when you’re
pitching against them?
NATHAN EOVALDI: No, I don’t think so. I still got to go
out there and execute my pitches and try to get the
guys out. I’ve had the recent success against those
guys, so that helps. I didn’t have to change up my
game plan too much, but, again, I still have to go out
there and execute all my pitches and stick to the game
Q. For Brock, with all that you’ve been through the
past couple of years, what does a night like this
mean to you?
BROCK HOLT: Like I said, it’s a night that I’ll remember
for a long, long time. The last two years, it’s part of my
story now. I feel like I’m a good baseball player when
healthy and when right and given an opportunity. So
you try to stay ready. In the position I’m in, you try to
stay ready, and whenever your name’s called, you try
to do what you can to help the team. I was able to do
that tonight.
Our offense 1 through 9 was pretty good tonight. Good
at-bats all the way through the game, and obviously
Nate throwing seven innings, one run, and kind of
setting the tone for us and putting up zeros. When we
score and our pitchers put up zeros, it keeps the
momentum on our side. He was able to do that
tonight, and it was fun for everyone.
Q. Andrew, when you look at the track record of
just this season alone of how these teams have
really beaten each other up, does that help you
close the door on a night like tonight even quicker
understanding the pendulum could swing so
quickly the other way?
ANDREW BENINTENDI: Yeah, I was trying to think
honestly before this series, it seems like every game
we’ve played, it’s been a huge deficit or a blowout, like
you said. Yeah, we’re going to try to take this into
tomorrow. It’s over. We’ve enjoyed it. Now we can
focus on tomorrow and get after it.
Q. Brock, how and when did you find out that you
were going to be playing today? And how have
you stayed sharp without regular at-bats recently?
BROCK HOLT: I found out last night. A.C. sent me a
text and said I’m playing somewhere tomorrow. He
said either first base or second base. I knew I was
going to be in here. I don’t have very good numbers
against Severino, so I told — I sent him a text, and I
said, Are you sure?
Yeah, A.C. does a good job of letting the guys that
don’t play every day, letting us know when we’re
playing so we can kind of mentally prepare in that way.
That makes a huge difference, knowing that you’re
going to be in the game.
So he told me last night, and show up, get ready to go.
We had a good night.
Q. For Andrew or Nathan, how much buzz was
there when Brock comes up in the final inning
there? And just kind of overall what has he meant
to you guys as a team this year?
ANDREW BENINTENDI: I mean, usually when stuff
like that’s going on, you don’t really talk about it.
Everybody knows, but they don’t talk about it. Brock is
going around, Get me up. I need a homer. He wasn’t
shy about it. Everybody was rooting for him. I mean,
Kinsler put a good at-bat together.
BROCK HOLT: He worked the walk.
ANDREW BENINTENDI: Yeah, he worked the walk
and got Brock up there, and he did what he did. I think,
if you ask anybody on our team, Brock does a lot, a lot
more than people see. He’s a great teammate, and
he’ll do anything for you. So I think everybody in our
clubhouse is glad that he’s on our side.
Q. Andrew, first time through against Severino,
what were your impressions of his stuff? Did it
seem like you guys would be able to get to him
ANDREW BENINTENDI: Like the first time through the
Q. Yeah.
ANDREW BENINTENDI: You never know. I mean, the
crowd was into it that first inning. I don’t even
remember the first inning, what happened. I think once
everybody saw him — I mean, we faced these guys so
many times this year. It’s kind of a cat-and-mouse
game back and forth.
We knew what our game plan was and what we were
trying to do, and we were able to go up there and get
him out of the game pretty early.
Q. For Brock and Andrew. Looking forward to
tomorrow, what’s it like to face CC Sabathia?
ANDREW BENINTENDI: It’s tough. Everything moves.
He doesn’t throw a straight ball. He throws that big
slider. We’ll have to break down some video, I guess,
and see if we can find anything. But we’re going to
stick with the same approach and try to put good atbats
together and see what happens.
BROCK HOLT: I don’t have very many at-bats against
him. He throws with his left arm. I normally don’t get
in on those games. No, he’s been doing it for a long,
long time and been really, really good. I think, if you
ask anyone over there, they want him on the mound.
We’ve got to get ready for him, and we’ll see what
Q. Brock, I’m sorry if you answered this already. I
got here a little bit late. Two questions. One, I saw
you going through your cell phone in the locker
room. A lot of messages, I imagine? And
secondly, has it sunk in? First guy in I don’t know
how many playoff games it’s been, to hit for the
cycle. Has it sunk in yet?
BROCK HOLT: A lot of text messages. I’m probably
not going to get back to everyone. I had to take my
watch off, so it keeps dinging while Nate is trying to
answer his questions. I’m trying to be a good
teammate over here.
Like I said, it’s a really special night. I don’t think it
sank in. Whenever you say first player ever to do
something, I mean, that’s crazy to even think about.
A lot of text messages, really good night for me, and
I’m glad that my wife and little boy were here to watch
it. So I can’t wait to get to them and give them a big
Q. Andrew, the double to right field that kind of
opened up the game for you guys there, kind of
take me through that at-bat there.
ANDREW BENINTENDI: Yeah. He had just walked
Mookie on four pitches, and he threw the first pitch. It
was a ball. I mean, at that point, you pretty much can
bank on if it’s going to be a fastball, it’s going to be
something to hit. I fouled it off. After that, I think I
swung at the next pitch out of the zone, and I was
trying to stay short and just put the ball in play and
hopefully get something to the outfield and at least get
one run in. I hooked it down the right field line, and I
was fortunate enough to keep it fair.
Q. Brock, after you double-checked that you were
supposed to be in the lineup, did Alex tell you why
he went with you?
BROCK HOLT: No, he didn’t tell me why. I figured I’d
get in there eventually. I didn’t play the first two games,
and, you know, mix things up. I played quite a bit
throughout the season. Didn’t sit for too long, you
know, too many days in a row. So I figured I’d get
plugged in there somewhere at some point. He told
me I was playing, and like I said, it really helps us get
ready mentally and just be able to prepare. Like if you
know you’re playing, you can better prepare yourself to
be ready that day.
He’s done a great job with that all year, letting us know,
and it’s no different now.
Q. How do you feel?
BROCK HOLT: I’m glad you said that in English first
because I wouldn’t have understood it. No, it feels
great. To be able to do it on this stage and at this
stadium, and in the postseason is pretty special. I
wouldn’t have been able to do it if 1 through 9 our guys
didn’t put together the bats they put together and gave
me the opportunity to get up that many times.
Like I said, it was a pretty special night for me, but a
pretty special night for all of us, Nate and the whole
offense. So pretty fun.
Q. Andrew and Brock, can you talk about Porcello,
and what will it take for Rick to close it out
tomorrow or today? I don’t know what time it is.
ANDREW BENINTENDI: Yeah, Rick’s a bulldog. He’ll
go out there and compete. He doesn’t care what
situation he’s thrown in. You saw the other night, he
came in in the eighth inning. He just wants to win.
We’re confident in him. He goes out there, and he
attacks. He’s going to take it right to him. Hopefully,
we can put up a good number of runs tomorrow and
get out of here with a win.
BROCK HOLT: Yeah, Porcello will be ready. He’s been
good for us all year. I don’t know. I mean, you could
put any of our guys out there, but for him, like Andrew
said, he’s a bulldog. He throws strikes. He pounds the
zone. Like you said, he wants to win. I think he’ll
obviously be ready for tomorrow. We’re lucky to have
him on the mound, that’s for sure.

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