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First person: Cubs' Eric Karros
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10/15/2003  2:14 AM ET 
First person: Cubs' Eric Karros

 Eric Karros

CHICAGO -- The Cubs couldn't stop the Florida Marlins in the eighth inning Tuesday night in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. Eric Karros was on the field and could only watch as the Marlins rallied for an 8-3 win.

Karros, who did not start but came in as a defensive replacement in the sixth, and the Cubs must now play Game 7 of the NLCS on Wednesday. Kerry Wood will start for the Cubs against Florida's Mark Redman.

During the postseason, Karros is sharing his views and insights with about being in the playoffs.

If you would've said, "Hey, would you like to have Kerry Wood on the mound and he's deciding whether or not you go to the World Series, would you take it?" -- sure, you'd take it.

Am I shocked [by what happened Tuesday]? Nothing shocks me anymore. You've got to get 27 outs. We knew from the very first game that the Marlins were a team that didn't quit. They did it the first night, they did it tonight.

We've had a number of games this year that were quote-unquote "must win" games. That series against St. Louis [in September] was a must-win series. Obviously, we had to play well down the stretch to get there in Game 5 in Atlanta [in the NLDS]. The whole momentum thing, that day's starting pitcher is the momentum. We've got one of our best in Woody.

On Moises Alou's play in the eighth, you'd like to have that out right there. We still had oportunities to do things after that. Credit the Marlins. They didn't quit. Down 3-0, they battled and had some great at-bats. Those things happen.

We still had to get hits after that and we didn't, and they were able to do that.

Usually when things don't go your way, they go pretty darn fast. That inning, it's 3-0 and before you know it, it's 8-3. Whether it's fast, slow, whatever, it happened.

As told to Carrie Muskat, a reporter for This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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