We have the audio from Joe Girardi’s pregame media session, but first this little tidbit.
Jerry Hairston Jr. is here. The Padres have an off day, so Hairston flew to New York to get his ring. He’s been shaking a lot of hands and saying a lot of hellos.
As for Girardi, nothing has changed since yesterday, so there wasn’t much to talk about. At one point, there was complete silence in the press conference room.
Most of his discussion was about Hideki Matsui.
• Girardi said he has “matchup ideas” for Hideki Matsui, but it also “depends on where we’re at” in the game.
• “If you don’t execute your pitch, Hideki Matsui is going to hurt you,” Girardi said. “We know that.”
• Girardi said today’s ring ceremony will be “the culmination of all the emotions we had last year.”
• On Pettitte: “We’ve been pretty consistent on how many pitches we let guys go this time of the year, and Andy’s never really been a guy that we’ve really pushed to 120 recently. I’d love to get seven innings from him.”
I cheated a little bit and took that AP shot from yesterday’s press conference.
UPDATE, 10:49 a.m.: Here’s the Angels lineup.
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Juan Rivera RF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Jeff Mathis C
Brandon Wood 3B
RHP Ervin Santana
By the way, the Angels roster lists Kendrick’s first name as Howard. Is that a new thing? Is he going by Howard now?