10/20/2004 8:46 PM ET
Gallo: We're ready for Game 7
Reliever impressed with bullpen's efforts
Left-handed reliever Mike Gallo, in his second big league season, is a member of a playoff team for the first time. Gallo is chronicling his journey through the posteason in a daily MLB.com online journal.
Our whole bullpen was good [on Wednesday]. Someone has to win that game. Usually, the home team has that advantage when you go to extra frames, because someone can just do what Jim Edmonds did. I think we had [Jeff] Kent coming up in that next inning, so if we had our chance to get the last at-bat, we might have done the same thing.
Brad Lidge was awesome, so was Chad Harville. Our whole bullpen did a great job. Everyone in here has the utmost confidence that we're going to win on Thursday night in Game 7. Everyone was almost expecting seven games. Not that we didn't think we were going to win Game 6 to end the series, but that's just the way it is when you've got the two best teams in the National League going head-to-head. Why wouldn't it go seven games?
I just think we had some really positive signs come out of this game, not only with our bullpen. We needed a run in the ninth inning, and Jeff Bagwell gave us a run in the ninth inning. We've got The Rocket going for Game 7, and he's been there, done that. Everyone in this locker rooom feels very confident about Thursday night.
Nothing has come easy for us in the last two months. Going to a seventh game is fitting, and it's special, too, because the Yankees and Red Sox have to go seven, too. Whoever gets to the World Series is going to come off that high, and it's just going to be two rams going head-to-head.
We came here to St. Louis prepared to play two. If we won Game 6, it was a bonus. It's just that we were in this game until the end. I'm sure the Cardinals are confident, but they know it's not going to be easy. We know it's not going to be easy, either. You've got the two heavyweights going head-to-head, and it ends on Thursday. It's going to be fun.
Mike Gallo's diary appears as told to MLB.com reporter Alyson Footer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.