After the Phillies' 6-1 victory over the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series tonight, manager Charlie Manuel talked about Chase Utley, who hit two home runs, and the second baseman's ability to hit with two strikes.
"He takes a lot of pitches," Manuel said. "He has nice balance and rhythm. His weight shift creates a lot of bat speed. He has good hands. He’s very simple [at the plate]. His bat is in a nice, comfortable position. He's had good coaching."
Manuel also talked about the Phillies' 1-0 margin in the World Series. "We won a game tonight. We got one win," Manuel said. "When we get back to the hotel, or on the bus, we’ll think about tomorrow. We’ll come to the ballpark tomorrow, we’re coming to win."
About Cliff Lee, who pitched a complete game, Manuel said: "He had them all going. He struck out 10, didn’t walk anybody, and that’s against a good lineup."
“Winning Game 1 is huge,” Lee said. “You want to get off to a good start. At worst, we can split here in New York and go home and have homefield advantage. Now we have an opportunity to take both of them here and really have an advantage.”
"About me being cool, I’ve been that way all my life. I’ve been playing this game all my life. I’ve put the work in. No sense in being nervous. No reason for me to be nervous ... Gametime is the time to go out and have fun and have your skills take over."