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Brad Lidge postgame quotes
10/17/2004 9:24 PM ET
Q. Can you take us through that last Pujols at bat. That seemed to be the thing we were all focusing on, anticipating.

BRAD LIDGE: Yeah, I'll tell you what, I've never seen a hitter as strong as he is. I think I threw him a pitch, last pitch he actually hit with one hand; it was kind of in the dirt, pushed it back to the warning track. Obviously, at that time, I don't want to make a mistake. He's a premiere power hitter. I'm just going to come after him with my best stuff but at the same time I don't want to fall behind. So I wanted to be aggressive and get ahead.

Q. When you left the park yesterday after throwing 40 pitches, did you honestly think you could come back tonight and throw 90 and get six outs?

BRAD LIDGE: Actually, I didn't feel bad yesterday. I didn't feel like I got tired. I'd had five days off prior to then. So I did feel that I'd be able to come back today and still be effective. I had a few times this year where I threw back to back to back days.

So I didn't really think it would take away from my stuff a whole lot. Like I said, I had a lot of rest before those two innings yesterday.

Do you see yourself being available tomorrow?

BRAD LIDGE: I would think I would be able to. I should be fine. Obviously, I'll come out tomorrow and throw. That will kind of dictate how I feel, kind of dictate if I'll be available.

But if I had to make a guess, I'd say probably so.

Q. What were you thinking, you walked Larry Walker, now you know you have Pujols and Rolen coming up next, what were your thoughts going into those two at bats?

Yeah, my thoughts were to be careful but still be aggressive. And obviously, falling behind Larry Walker, I didn't want to give him a whole lot to hit. Brad came out, Ausmus, and just kind of told me, "Your stuff is fine. Just still be aggressive. Don't change anything now with a runner on first base."

I wanted to stay aggressive and I wanted to go right after him. Obviously, I didn't want to make a mistake because like I said, those are two premiere power hitters and they can switch the game up real quick.

Q. In your situation do you feed off the energy in the stadium, or as a closer do you train yourself just to shut everything out?

BRAD LIDGE: I think definitely there's an energy that you can pick up and that helps you when you're pitching at home. When you're on the road, you really try and shut it down, just focus on what you're doing; focusing on the hitter, and it's kind of what we train ourselves to do. At home there's no reason not to let it give you a little more energy, a little more adrenaline. I think it helps everybody. It gives everybody a lot of energy out there.

Q. Early in your career it was kind of stalled by a bunch of freak injuries. Are you enjoying this new reputation as an iron man?

BRAD LIDGE: Well, I definitely, you know, after those injuries wanted to prove to people that I could stay healthy and I could pitch a lot. I think that's one of the biggest things for any pitcher, is to want to prove you can work for a team. You want to be a guy that can be relied upon. I'm definitely happy, last couple of years I stayed healthy after a few tough breaks. Fortunately, it's worked out.

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