Pat Casey's Comments on the This Week
June 7, 2005
Corvallis, Ore. - Pat Casey met with reporters from The Oregonian, Gazette-Times, Statesman-Journal, KPTV, KGW, KVAL, KMTR, KOIN, and KEZI following Tuesday's practice at the Truax Indoor Center. Inclement weather forced the No. 2 Beavers inside for the workout.
Q. First and foremost congratulations, you host the Super Regional it must be a big relief for you?
A. 'Thank you very much. These guys earned the right to host the Regional and I'm happy for them.'
Q. What is the first thing that went through your mind, knowing that you were hosting again?
A. 'The first thing is just getting back to practice and dealing with some of the distractions. We had to deal with the Draft today and of course we have Final exams this week, so everything has happened at once. We had a short practice today because of Finals, so that has been difficult, but these guys are excited to play at home.'
Q. How big is the home field advantage once you get to the Super Regionals?
A. 'We are going to play a great club, so it is somewhat of an advantage. USC is on a roll after going to Long Beach and winning that Regional, so the fact that they are playing here is not going to affect them. Our fans have been outstanding so hopefully that will carry us.'
Q. You beat USC two out of three earlier, how are you preparing this week for the Trojans?
A. 'USC is a solid club that is well coached; they are a real threat. They got us pretty good the last game of the series and then the fact they won at Long Beach State - they are just a great club. It really is unfortunate that they have two Pac-10 teams in the same regional.'
Q. In the past you said it was important for this team to not get caught up in the accomplishments, do you think they are maintaining their concentration?
A. 'I hope so. I hope they come out and approach this weekend's games like they have all season. We'll practice hard this week and just go out and play.'
Q. What has it been like this week for Jacoby (Ellsbury)?
A. 'I think he has known for a while that there was a pretty good chance he was going in the first round. I think he is tremendously relieved. I was on a talk show in Boston earlier today and those fans are going crazy about Jacoby. I said `the one thing that I can tell you is he is going to be a great player for you and he will come in there and be a real man.' I can remember sitting down with him when he was a high school kid and trying to tell him that $150,000 wasn't a lot of money and that maybe you'll get a million-and-a-half. He is going to do real well for himself, but I know his focus will be on winning this weekend because Boston will be there when we are done playing.'
Q. Do you feel good about your chances this weekend?
A. 'We think we can beat anybody. I'm sure everybody in the final 16 feels pretty good about their team and the opportunities that are there. Our club needs to come out and be consistent and do the little things right. I think we'll be fine.'
Q. Will we see a rematch of (Dallas) Buck vs. (Ian) Kennedy Saturday?
A. 'I don't know who they are going to throw, but I know we are going to throw Buck. I'm going to assume they will come at us with Kennedy.'
Q. Do you think the Pac-10 toughness has paid off for this team?
A. 'Absolutely. The one thing that is unfortunate is that we are playing in a region with another Pac-10 team. If Arizona could have beaten Fullerton you would have four teams playing for two spots this weekend. This is a great conference and it is showing now.'
Q. How much pride does it give you that you are accomplishing this with a team that is made up of mostly Oregon players?
A. 'I think it is good, especially for our guys. It is a credit to the high school coaches and other youth programs in the state. It's really special for the kids from Oregon.'
Q. Have you allowed yourself to sit back and think you are two wins away from Omaha?
A. 'I don't know. I can't figure out what I'm doing half the time the last three weeks. All I know is we keep talking about winning the next game, and if that reality hits us in the face I know we'll be ready to get to the airport.'