10/14/06 1:33 AM ET
So Taguchi postgame interview
Cardinals outfielder comments on his home run in Game 2
By / MLB.com
SO TAGUCHI:Tony told me next batter, I'm supposed to be pinch-hitter. I was behind the dugout. Tony said, "So, go left." So, I was surprised. (Laughter.) I just said, "Right now?" He said yes.
You're not a home run hitter, at least
your record isn't that you're a home run hitter,
and yet you have two home runs in the
postseason so far.
And you have only two at-bats. How
do you explain that?
SO TAGUCHI:I can't explain. (Laughter.) It's unbelievable. Who expected that I would hit a home run? Maybe nobody, even me.
Is this what happens when you get
in your late 30s, you get a power surge all of a
SO TAGUCHI:(Laughing) What can I say?
Can you discuss, was the at-bat, I
think it was a nine-pitch at-bat that you hit the
home run, can you describe the at-bat against
Wagner in the ninth.
SO TAGUCHI:Because maybe my stats against Billy Wagner maybe 0 for something, I never got on base, and always strike out, ground ball, pop up. So, I just stay on top of the ball and try to get on base.
You said you don't think you had
any hits off Wagner?
SO TAGUCHI:No. (Laughter.)
How difficult is it to come in that
situation, facing a guy like Billy Wagner who
throws as hard as he does?
SO TAGUCHI:(Scratching head. ) How different? Too much different. (Laughter.) It's very tough. I think he's one of the best closers in the big leagues. So probably can't imagine.
What were you thinking when you
were rounding the bases? You just hit a home
run, first hit off Wagner, your hit off Wagner is
a home run, what was going through your mind
as you're rounding the bases?
SO TAGUCHI:I couldn't recognize what happened. (Laughter.) I didn't know, what should I do, so I just run.
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