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Spiezio Ready for Anything

October 17, 2002|Bill Shaikin

Scott Spiezio keeps five gloves in his locker--one each for first base, second base, third base and the outfield, plus a backup for first base. He could need more than one glove in the World Series, particularly with National League rules in force during the three games in San Francisco.

Spiezio starts at first base, but Shawn Wooten, Benji Gil and Brad Fullmer all can play there. Spiezio's versatility affords Manager Mike Scioscia numerous options for double switches, or for using pinch-runner Chone Figgins. For instance, Scioscia could use a runner for Tim Salmon or third baseman Troy Glaus, because Spiezio could shift to third base or the outfield.

"I hope we've got a commanding lead and I don't have to do any of that," Spiezio said.

Many members of the World Series media contingent asked Spiezio about Sandfrog, the garage band in which he plays during the winter. Spiezio is grateful for the publicity but sheepishly notes that the band has yet to record an album.

"I don't really have anything to sell," he said.

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