10/02/2002 7:28 pm ET
More than Bonds, eight dwarves
Giants outfielder shares thoughts after Game 1
ATLANTA -- This was a good momentum win for us. Whenever you come into another team's ballpark and you take the first game, it's a huge win because we know how home-field advantage is important. When you come in and get the first game, it's definitely motivating as a team.
We know that when you start postseason, everything's on a clean slate. What you did during the season is scratched out and you're starting from scratch so we as a team just watch the tape, and see what they're all about and just go up there and try to do what we need to do. For us, it's having a game plan and we stuck with it and it worked.
[Tom] Glavine looked like Glavine. It was just that we were patient today. He's definitely a pitcher that won't give in and we were patient enough to wait. He was able to give us pitches we could handle and we hit them. He's definitely not a power pitcher. He's one of the guys that hits his spots and changes speeds a lot, so we just wanted to try and kind of stay within ourselves and take what he gives us.
We've been a hot team for about a month now and we've been getting the two-out hits in key situations and today definitely was another testament to that because we were very patient, took what they gave us and capitalized on that situation and that's what we're going to need to do to continue to win.
That's what's been happening pretty much all year. Not very many people have heard about the people stepping up behind Barry and that's why we are where we are, because people are stepping up behind him. The way it's been sounding, it's Barry Bonds and the eight dwarves. But we as a team, we don't really worry about what the media or what people portray us as. We've been strong mentally all year trying to do what we need to do to win ballgames with this core in this clubhouse. I think it's very important for us to stay within ourselves and not to get caught up in any of the other forces.
We had a little scare there in the ninth inning with two runners on, but when Franco hit that ball, I knew I had it all the way. It was just a matter of getting to the angles where I needed to be and I was able to run it down. It definitely was a ball that stayed up in the gap and I was able to catch it and stop Robb Nen from sweating.
As for tomorrow, they switched pitchers from Greg Maddux to Kevin Millwood but that's OK. We're ready for whatever they need to bring to us. We're going to study tapes on him and go from there but we're feeling good about ourselves.
This year, he's been the Millwood that I remember playing with when he first came up and was just dominating. He's pitching the ball very well. He's got his fastball back and his curveball back and his slider so he's definitely effective and you can't take him for granted at all.
The team that we're playing has been in the postseason for 100 years, so we've just got to continue to go out and do what we're doing and that's getting timely hitting, great defense and good pitching.
Reggie Sanders' column was told to Josh Rawitch, a reporter for MLB.com who can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.