10/23/2002 03:48 am ET
Darin Erstad post-game quotes
A lot of your teammates came out
for BP with parkas and ski hats on. As a guy
from North Dakota, what did you think of that?
Did you feel more comfortable in these
Well, I had long sleeves
on, too. I mean, I'm not that stupid.
But it was chilly. It does help that you
grew up in that type of environment, to deal with
But on the other hand, when we play in
Texas in the middle of the summer and it's 100, I'm
out there and I need IVs after the game. It's a
The DH wasn't really a factor tonight
in this National League ballpark. Does the team
feel confident you can win without the DH?
Yeah, we're confident.
We've played pretty well in interleague play. It
definitely changes the game, there's no question
You just try and go out there and do what
you can. Ramon (Ortiz), he's up there and you feel for
him because the guy doesn't swing the bat very
often. So it's definitely a lot of strategy involved.
It's fortunate that (Mike) Scioscia has played in the
National League, he played in it for a long time.
He has an understanding of that part of the game,
so that really helps.
You've hit in every game this
postseason. Is this as locked in as you've felt
I mean, to be honest
with you, I don't feel like I'm locked in. Every day I
have to try and find my swing. I'm a perfectionist,
so I'm never going to say I'm totally "locked in."
Yeah, but I've been pretty inconsistent this
year. I've had some good times but then I've had
some really bad times. Fortunately, I'm getting a
few hits to fall now.
As far as "locked in," I wouldn't say that.
In Game 2, you batted around once
in your lineup, tonight was twice. Is there a
killer instinct on this club that gets that going?
Well, I think as a group,
we've been through a lot of up-and-down games
where we might have a big lead and teams have
come back and we just know that no lead is ever
safe. The idea is to keep pressing, to keep
pouring it on as much as you can, regardless of
what the score, you can't lay back and just -- it's
like playing prevent defense in football. It's not a
good thing to do.
So, if anything, we probably up our
intensity a little bit, "killer instinct," I guess you can
call it that. That's not something we say to each
other. But we understand that it's very important to
put runs on the board.
The way these postseason games
have progressed for you guys, the games have
become less close as you go deeper. Do you
have any explanation for that, is it not letting
I have no explanation.
We go out and we play hard. We leave it on the
field. Nobody wants to let each other down. We're
so close as a group, everybody pulls for
everybody. Someone doesn't get the job done, the
next guy wants to do it for him. It's a situation
where a bunch of guys have been through a lot of
tough times together, and you develop real close
relationships and you just want to do anything for
At the professional level, I don't think
you're going to find too many times where you
have a full group of guys that are all on the same
page and all behind each other. We have that
here, and that's very special.
You grabbed at the home field
advantage. Tomorrow you have another
finesse pitcher in (Kirk) Rueter. What do you think
the team approach will be to him?
We're going to be
aggressive. Yeah, Rueter has great control. We really
really haven't done much against him. We've only
faced him a few times.
But as far as a team approach, we're just
aggressive. We really don't talk about it too much.
Each guy knows what they have to do. If you're
going to lock in your zone, if you get a pitch to hit,
hit. If it's the first pitch or fifth pitch, whatever pitch
it is, you have to take advantage of that pitch.
I highly doubt we're going to see many
pitches over the plate that are good to hit because
he's so good at hitting the corners. So you're
going to have to really be disciplined. When you
get your pitch, you just can't miss it.
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