Mike Scioscia remains confident in Angels
MAY 28, 2013 2:35p ET
He also discussed owner Arte Moreno’s public vote of confidence last week and what it meant to him.
“Arte has always been very supportive in private,” Scioscia revealed, “and you can see he’s been supportive publicly.
“He understands what we need to do and what our club is capable of doing. Arte has always been very supportive of us, but it is nice to get that strong public vote of confidence.”
And it’s probably no coincidence that after Moreno spoke, his team went on the tear, with just Monday’s collapse to blemish the last nine games.
“Lately we’ve put ourselves in a position to win games — and we did,” Scioscia said. “But (Monday) night we just couldn’t get it done from the pitching side of things. It’s obvious, though, that this team is going in the right direction and we can’t let one loss take away from that.
“We just have to shake it off and come back tougher in the next game.”
It may drive some people crazy to hear Scioscia talk about the “game at a time” method he and his staff have taught since the day they arrived in 2000. He very rarely projects about anything long-term, preferring to focus on that day. And it prompts critics to hammer Scioscia, pitching coach Mike Butcher, GM Jerry Dipoto and Moreno whenever the team has a bad run.
Scioscia said that until you take care of today’s business, tomorrow’s has to wait, no matter what the pundits have to say.
“When a team has a lot of expectations on it, you’re going to hear the chatter when things don’t go well,” Scioscia said. “You just can’t let it bother you and you have to find a way to concentrate on what’s right in front of you.
“That’s all we can do realistically. The only thing we deal with is the perspective of what’s happening here and now with our team. We worry about the team we’re playing and focus on the process of winning our next game.
“We’ve always had a lot of faith in the team and we’re beginning to see the offense do a better job, and like I said, our starting pitching is giving us a chance in the games.
“It’s hard work to turn things around after the start we had, but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”
And much of the credit has to go to Scioscia and his staff, who steadfastly refused to allow their players to have a defeatist attitude when things were at their worst.
“I really think that’s the biggest thing a manager and his staff have to do,” said Scioscia, who is in his 14th season of managing the Halos. “When you’re struggling and all you’re hearing about is the team not reaching expectations, you have to help the players turn the page on a bad game. And let’s face it: If you’re not winning a lot, you’ve got guys on the field who aren’t playing well, so you try to do everything in your power to keep their confidence up.”
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