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Playoff games are a little different. During the regular season, the clubhouse is open to the media 3 ½ hours before the game. It?s part of the normal routine. But in the playoffs the clubhouse is closed during the pregame.
So how is that time leading up to the game? In high school, you might have speeches from coaches or teammates screaming and getting fired up. Here?
It?s guys sitting in their underwear watching college football, getting ready to play or listening to music. It?s as relaxed as it gets in there.
Come an hour before the game, you start getting focused, thinking about what you?ve going to do. We always have the opposing pitcher, in this case it?s Phillies left-hander Jamie Moyer, on the TV, a DVD of what he?s done in the past.
I?m relaxed before the game and like to have fun. But there?s a time when the game starts getting close that I really get focused. People don?t realize that there?s always something going on, people wanting to talk to you about something. But there comes a point where you?ve got to be selfish about it and say, ?Hey, I?ve got to focus on the main thing, which is getting ready to play the ballgame.?
Even right before we go out, there are no last words from the manager or teammates. Nothing. We?re just ready to play.
I?m asked about the fact that every time I?m at the park, before and after every game, the reporters gather around me and the cameras are on me. So what are my thoughts? What image am I trying to project?
I?m just trying to get it over with. No, I don?t use it as a vehicle or anything like that. Look at me. I?d actually shave or get a haircut if I was trying to portray something.
I?m just trying to tell the truth.
I am what I am. I spent a large part of my life trying to please other people. But then you come to realize that people are going to dislike you no matter what you do or like you no matter what you do.
It was another big win for us today, but we?re not going to let up. We know we can?t.
To win in the playoffs, all the way through the lineup, you have to have guys coming through. That’s what we’ve had, especially the last couple of weeks. That?s what guys did today.
It helps to have just played the Phillies in September. We were pretty familiar with the team. It always helps to be familiar with the relief pitchers. I think it helped us today.
When we get back to Denver in front of the crowd at Coors Field, I’m going to step back and enjoy it. But I’m going to focus on the game, too.
I was asked if this compares to anything from when I was in college playing football at Tennessee. Maybe in atmosphere, but that’s about it. That was once a week. This is every day. It’s crazy, isn’t it?
After we won yesterday, I just relaxed, went to dinner, went home and went to bed.
There were a few people at the restaurant that recognized me, but everybody was very cordial. They didn?t want to have any deep conversations. It was basically, "Take it easy on the Phillies." They were nice.
During the game, it was nice being at the ballpark among the fans. It was so loud that you didn?t get to hear anybody individually saying the bad stuff at you.
My teammates didn?t kid me too much about the triple yesterday, but I have speed. I was flying. ? Yeah, right. I hit it to center field and it ended up in right. That?s how I got my triple.
Posted courtesy of MLB.com during the game.