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Jeff Weaver, workout day quotes10/06/2004 7:27 PM ET
Q: What do you think of the Cardinal lineup that you'll face tomorrow?
A: Very potent. I mean, one through eight and in some cases the pitcher can hit. It reminds me of an American league team. The last few years being in the American League, it kind of reminds you of, you know, the Yankees and Boston. Any guy in the lineup can hurt you. They have the potential to obviously surmount a big inning like what took place the other day with two outs. Those are things you just try to avoid, try to keep the inning small if they're going to score runs. It's our job to keep things small and keep us in the game.
Q: Last year you made a start after a long layoff. Are you anxious to get them memory out of your mind and get a fresh start?
A: I don't think it's ever going to leave my mind, but you know, this is a much better situation for me. I'm starting, a thing I'm accustomed to. I'm excited to be in the post season and have a chance to make an impact on the series. Of course, I've been thinking about this a long time. In order to kind of have a happy highlight instead of a sour one, so I can't wait until tomorrow.
Q: A couple of Cardinals mentioned they were conscious of the curtain calls yesterday and how it affected the flow of the game. What's your reaction to a pitcher that steps off the mound for the curtain call to subside?
A: Well, that's -- I saw it all last year, the last two years in New York, you know. I don't see anything wrong with it. Obviously I don't think it should cease the tempo of the game, but you know, these players are doing it for the fans, and the fans appreciate it. It's just one of those things, especially in the playoffs where everything counts, you know. They're making things happen.
Q: It was very loud yesterday here. Obviously with 52,000 people. How do you focus on the mound and keep that out of your mind, the crowd reaction?
A: Well, it's not really out of your mind. It's the post season. The electricity in the stands is what kind of gets you up as a pitcher, I think. I don't think it changes your approach or your surroundings. Once you get on the mound, you're totally focused. The energy of the fans is something that you thrive on.
Q: Yesterday the leadoff man, Tony Womack went zero for five and they still had a big offensive day. Do you feel it's really important to keep the leadoff man off base?
A: I think it kind of answered itself right there. No matter if he's on or off base, there's possibilities and chances to score runs, so not only Tony Womack but the rest of the lineup you've got to get out in some sort of fashion and I don't think you can concentrate just on one guy. You've got to, you know, take each guy individually.
Q: What did you learn yesterday watching Perez pitch about specifically how you will approach some of the Cardinal hitters.
A: Well, it's kind of hard to take from Odalis being a left-handed pitcher. More so I'll look at the film that I threw against them twice this year, and I'll study that, go over it with our catcher, and hopefully just come up with an approach that we feel best fits my -- my abilities and best chance to get them out.
Q: How much of your success this year is a result of change of scenery, getting out of New York and a fresh start?
A: I think that's hard to say, really, you know. I was really excited about getting back and having another chance in New York to kind of prove people wrong. I think it's more so the fact that I just started over with my mechanics, worked on those after the season was over, and came into LA knowing that I was going to be in the rotation, and there was no second-guessing there. Knowing that you're going to be out there every five days is comforting in itself, and who knows if that was the case in New York things wouldn't have turned also. I'm happy to be home in LA, and I have a fresh start and I'm glad things have turned around and worked so we've gotten the team to the playoffs.
Q: Is there more pressure pitching being down zero-one in the series as opposed to being even?
A: I don't really think so. I think every game is crucial in itself. You still have to win 11 games to win a championship. How you do it, it really doesn't matter. Obviously it's a big win tomorrow if we do get it and go back home 1-1 and have a chance to get back on top, but I think every game's crucial in the playoffs, and that's the way I'm going to look at it.
Q: With having to go into the bullpen yesterday, is it more important for you to go deeper into the game tomorrow?
A: Well, obviously I want to. I mean, that's my job. Having the bullpen used, I think they'll still be fresh. The off day today was good for them to get in and get their feet wet and see what's in store for the rest of the series, but I'm going to go out there and try to do my job, and that's to hopefully turn the ball over to Eric Gagne with the lead and end up with a victory, so I'm not really thinking about his short outing. I'm thinking about what my job is, and that's to get deep in the game.
Q: When you follow a team that's had a big offensive day, is it more important for a pitcher to pitch inside early in the game so that the hitters are not quite as comfortable at the plate?
A: I don't really think I can tell you that, but I'm going to pitch my game, and hopefully that's the - the approach that will keep them off balance and not hit the ball over the fence.
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