10/07/2002 01:27 am ET
Sheffield: 'We're not quitting now'
SAN FRANCISCO -- Coming into this series, we knew that both teams were very evenly matched. It's not a surprise that we're heading to the fifth game.
If you look back in the regular season, we played a lot of great games against each other. We've come to know each other pretty well over the year. Now it's time to use this one game to see who is going to advance.
I thought Livan pitched a great game tonight. He obviously threw a lot of good ones for us when we won the World Series with the Marlins in 1997. He's the type of pitcher that can attack you a lot of different ways and that was what he did tonight.
He threw me that eephus curve a couple times tonight. I didn't even know that he had it until he threw it the first time. I was really surprised when he threw it the second time. After he did, I just decided I was going to try to hit everything to right field.
He got me off balance a couple times and then just kept throwing me breaking balls on the outside part of the plate. There's no doubt he can pitch. He has always risen to the occasion in the playoffs. Sometimes, you have to tip your cap to him.
When they got those early runs against us tonight, it seemed to give Livan confidence. It's always difficult to be patient in the playoffs when you're behind. He stayed in control and made us hit his pitches.
In the playoffs, you know that you're always going to be going up against a top-notch pitcher. Every game in this series has been decided by which team's pitcher is on that night. This doesn't come as any surprise.
We feel real good with Kevin Millwood going at our place tomorrow night. Hopefully our fans will get behind us and he pitches a game like he did when we won that first one.
We've had to be a resilient team all year long. Everyone remembers there was a point in the season that we were 19-21. We didn't quit then and we're not quitting now. I expect everyone to come out with everything they've got tomorrow night.
If you're going to advance in the playoffs, you have to earn it. That's obviously the case with us and the Giants this year. For four games we've been going back and forth. We'll have to see what happens tomorrow night. But it's good that we get to do it in our yard.
Gary Sheffield's column was told to Mark Bowman, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.