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10/07/05 9:00 PM ET

Time to play with abandon

Outfielder excited to see how Padres will respond to adversity

Well, this is it. There's nothing to save, nothing to hold back. Time for everybody to go all out, play with all the passion and energy they can call upon.

There's only one way to approach a game like this -- like it's the last game of your life.

We've got Woody Williams out there, and he's a big-game pitcher. Woody has no fear. You can be sure he'll go out there and battle with everything he can bring.

I just hope we can get something going early and get a lead. We haven't been able to do that. It's very important in a game like this to get on the board first, get some momentum going and ride it. That gets the crowd into it, and you feel that energy. It can be a big lift for a team in a situation like this.

This club has a lot of veterans who know what it takes. Guys like Dave Roberts, Joe Randa, Mark Loretta, Brian Giles, Ryan Klesko, Ramon Hernandez, Robert Fick, Khalil Greene, Mark Sweeney ... I'll go to battle with these guys any day. And we've got some quality pitchers, too, tough-minded veterans like Woody who know what they're doing out there.

I just want to see us play with confidence and some abandon, run the bases with feeling, go after it with all you've got. You want to leave it all out there in a game like this.

We were watching the White Sox in the clubhouse as they swept the Red Sox. That's a great accomplishment for that team. I like what they're doing. I like their manager, Ozzie Guillen, and the way they play the game. They play it right.

Hey, it's not easy taking out a club like the Red Sox, with those weapons they have. But the White Sox got it together when it counted. They got their wakeup call from Cleveland, and now they're on that run again like earlier in the season. That's a very impressive team.

I'm really looking forward to this game, seeing how we respond. We've got a lot of character in this clubhouse. I think you'll see that on the field.

Eric Young's diary appears as told to MLB.com reporter Lyle Spencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.