10/27/05 1:40 AM ET
You really have to tip your hat
Astros rookie shares thoughts on season-ending loss
I don't think the fact that we were swept made this loss harder. The fact remains that every loss we had, we could have won. That's the most frustrating part, whether it was four games, five games, six, seven, whatever.
You really have to tip your hat to those guys. I was hearing today that they won five in a row to finish the regular season and then won 11 of 12 in the playoffs. Obviously, they were the best team in the world down the stretch and they deserved it.
I was so frustrated about my last at-bat. Anytime you get a chance to drive in the tying run, in the bottom of the ninth, I literally thought when I walked up to the plate, this is the at- bat I've dreamed about. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me. You've got to give (White Sox shortstop) Uribe a lot of credit (for reaching into the stands to catch a foul ball). Hopefully it won't be my last chance.
This was a great experience. The postseason was a lot of fun. I can see why those guys who were fortunate enough to get here earlier are always talking about how the postseason is what it's all about. It's so much fun to compete at this level and play on this stage. Hopefully as an organization and individually, this isn't a one-time thing. Hopefully we can make this a habit.
This is a very close team. A lot of us came up through the Minor Leagues together. We feel like we've got a lot of guys that came in and overacheived, that really battled and grinded through adversity to get to this point. I think a lot of guys in here feel a strong bond to each other. As we get further into the offseason, we'll gain some perspective on exactly how improbable this season was.
I'm definitely grateful for the experience and I'm just proud to be part of this team.
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.