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Scioscia warms up to Pac Bell

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published October 23, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO -- Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia has no complaints about Pacific Bell Park. It beats the alternative big time.

Scioscia played for the Dodgers and spent many a cold night in the elements of Candlestick Park, the Giants' stadium until Pac Bell opened in 2000.

Candlestick was known for its constant swirling winds, bone-chilling cold and dilapidated facilities.

Tuesday was a cold one in the Bay Area, but Scioscia knew it could have been much worse if his Angels were playing out on Candlestick Point in late October.

"We came up here in a series last summer and the weather was gorgeous," Scioscia said. "It wasn't really anything that I would have experienced or thought would be compared to Candlestick Park. It was 180 degrees from what Candlestick was."

Giants left-hander Kirk Rueter is happy he'll be pitching today's Game 4 in Pac Bell, and even if it is chilly he believes he'll manage fine. He also knows the difficulties of playing at Candlestick: He played parts of four seasons there with the Giants.

"I think if you've played here and you've played at Candlestick when it was a baseball field over there, you've been through games where it's rained and there's been fog or wind," Rueter said. "I know if it's like this tomorrow, it won't be much different than some of the games I've pitched in the past."

BONILLA ON BONDS: In 1997, Bobby Bonilla played a part in making Barry Bonds' playoff run a short one. Bonilla and the Marlins swept Bonds and the Giants in three games in the NL division series.

Now that Bonilla is retired, he has become one of Bonds' biggest rooters. They were teammates on the Pirates early in Bonds' career.

"I'm ecstatic," Bonilla said of seeing Bonds in the slugger's first World Series. "Everybody in our family is ecstatic that he has a shot at a ring."

PROUD FATHER: Jack Snow never got to the Super Bowl in 11 NFL seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, so he's really having a ball watching his son in the World Series.

The father of San Francisco first baseman J.T. Snow got to see his son from the stands in the World Series for the first time Tuesday night.

Jack Snow advanced to the NFC Championship Game twice, losing to the Vikings and Cowboys.

"It's probably more stressful than all the other things that I've been fortunate enough to have accomplished in my career," he said of watching his son. "This is the epitome. It's awesome. It's awesome is what it is. This is the World Series. What can you say?"

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