10/20/05 2:30 AM ET
Fired up for the Fall Classic
Burke happy that Astros fans get to experience a World Series
What can you say? It's kind of fitting that we clinched the NLCS on the road, after starting the season off as the world's worst road team in the history of the game. The irony of this season continues to build.
I just feel like this team's been blessed. We've got a lot of guys that are really locked in and grinding right now, and we're playing almost above our heads.
I think it speaks volumes about the fact that we're playing better offensively than we have all season long, even though we're facing the best pitching in the game. It's just an honor being a part of this team. We're just fired up about what's ahead for us.
I really feel like as gut-wrenching as a loss as it was on Monday, I don't think there was a guy in this clubhouse that felt like we weren't going to bounce back. I feel like it's impossible to let something like that go immediately.
But at the same time, we knew we still had two games to play and we knew we were playing good baseball. They stole one from us there, but we felt so confident with Roy Oswalt. And confident of our ability to execute on offense. That showed on Wednesday.
I'm happy for Brad Lidge. Albert Pujols' homer in Game 5 ends up being a footnote in the series. Brad's a huge reason why we're here. The fact that we were able to bounce back from that, it's just another chapter in our season. Hopefully we've got the big one still left, and hopefully we can wrap it up.
When the last out was made in Game 6, I was thinking, "It's over." I can't express the difference between playoff games and regular-season games. At the end of a game in the regular season, obviously you're wanting to close out any victory when you get a chance, but you just don't think as much about the negative as you do sometimes in the playoffs.
Even when it was 5-1, you're still sweating it out just a little bit -- "Let's not get anybody on, let's get them out" -- just because crazy things happen in the playoffs. Once that last out gets lifted in the air, it's such a huge sigh of relief -- just a rush of emotion and excitement.
Now we're off to Chicago. It's really neat -- here's two cities that are starving to be a part of the World Series. I think it's going to be a special World Series. Not only am I looking forward to playing in it, but just being a part of everything.
I'm just so happy for the fans in Houston. We feel like they're the best fans in the game. I'm sure it's going to be crazy back home.
Chris Burke's diary appears as told to Alyson Footer, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.