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10/22/10 7:33 PM ET

ALCS Game 6 postgame interview: Washington

RON WASHINGTON: Well, I just want to say, first of all, congratulations to the New York Yankees. They have a good club. You know, someone had to win and someone had to lose. But you know, they certainly played with the heart of a champion.

I certainly hope that my club can pull things together for as long a period a time as they have.

Colby Lewis was outstanding. You know, I knew there was some doubters out there, but we watched this guy pitch for us all year and we knew he was capable of throwing that type of game that he went out there and threw tonight, and we certainly needed to.

Our guys came through. I love that team, because all they do is show up and play baseball.

Q. Was there ever any sense through the game that you felt like it was in hand? It looked like in the fifth inning, the players had a pep to their step, throwing the ball around after they had scored several runs; did you get that sense at all?

RON WASHINGTON: No, we are aware that the game isn't over until you get the 27th out. But they did a lot of good things out there, they should have been happy and full of joy. But their focus never waved.

That's the way we play. We play with a lot of energy. We certainly don't play trying to show anyone up. When we do something good, we appreciate it. We give people accolades for that, but no, my team never once thought that game was in hand, especially when you play a team like the New York Yankees. We knew we had to get 27. We knew we had to keep putting the pressure on. We knew we had to keep playing baseball, and they certainly did that.

Q. Have you had a chance to see any of the National League Championship Series yet, the Phillies and the Giants and who would you like?

RON WASHINGTON: Well, I saw the Giants and Philly last night. The first game I had an opportunity to watch.

It really doesn't matter. You know, we are here, and wherever we have to go, we are going to take our bags, we are going to pack them up and we are just going to go continue to play baseball.

Q. Talk about Vlady, the big hit that he had that broke the game open and what he's meant to the ballclub this year?

RON WASHINGTON: He's meant everything to my club. He's brought presence. He's brought experience.

You know, that was just a matter of time before one of those pitches ended up in the wrong spot, and Vlad was able to do what he did. He's done that his whole career.

So you know, he was struggling, but you keep going to the well, finally, you come through.

He got us going, and once he did that, the guys started locking in and started doing some good things out there. We put enough runs on the board and we was able to hold them off.

Q. Can you talk about Josh and what he was able to do in this series?

RON WASHINGTON: Well, he's a difference maker, and I always talk to Josh about presence. It's not about the results. It's about his presence. His presence in our lineup makes everyone else better. His presence on the field makes everyone else better.

He did that. He was intentionally walked three times. Now, I don't know I know Barry Bonds got walked a lot, but I don't know if that ever happened before. But he was shown a lot of respect, and because he was shown that respect, it sort of brought the level of intensity up on everyone else, because we are a team, and you know, Josh didn't get a chance to swing the bat; Vlad did; Cruz did, and we put some runs on the board.

Q. Conventional wisdom is that this sort of has to be done in stages, but your group went from never winning a Division title to all the way to the World Series. How does that happen?

RON WASHINGTON: It happens by going out there and respecting the game of baseball and coming every day and not caring about the obstacles that's in front of you; knowing that you can; believing that you can; and just going out there respecting the game, respecting your teammates, respecting the organization. All of those type of things is the reason.

These guys came together last year, and they made a commitment in Spring Training. The only thing I've ever told them from that commitment is the only thing that matters is what you believe inside the clubhouse, not what goes on outside the clubhouse. I keep saying the same thing over: It's not the best team that wins, it's the team that plays the best on that day. Well, that was quite a few days that we played better than the teams we played and that's why we are headed to the World Series.

ALCS Game 6 postgame interview: Hamilton

Q. Tell us everything you're feeling right now.

JOSH HAMILTON: It's all happening pretty fast. It's not sank in yet.

You know what, I'm so excited for this team, for this city. You know, something that's never happened here before. So to be part of something like that means the world. It's something that nobody can take away from you. Very excited.

Q. Did you have any inkling, any premonition early in the day or prior to the game starting that this was how it was going to come out?

JOSH HAMILTON: You know what, might as well I always tell the truth anyway. So my wife, before this round actually started, she was reading Joshua, I believe, in the Bible, and talking about having victory in the homeland. She said, "I feel like you guys are going to New York, but it's going to end up back here and you guys are going to win." And I said, which game, and she couldn't tell me. She didn't know but I was glad it was tonight.

Q. Can you talk about the lows of where you were, and how far you've come and is this the top of the mountain so far.

JOSH HAMILTON: Well, it's not the top of the mountain until I get to stand in front of my savior one day. The biggest thing is giving glory to God. That's the reason I am where I am at this moment at this very time. Our relationship with Christ, I mean, on a day to day basis keeps me on the right path. So like I said earlier, all throughout the game I was tearing up; is this going to be it tonight, and thinking about where I was, and everything I went through, and how God was just faithful and to bring me out of it.

Q. At what point this year did you guys sincerely believe that all of this was possible?

JOSH HAMILTON: I would probably say when interleague started. I don't know what month that was, do you?

Q. June.

JOSH HAMILTON: So sometime around June. We were just playing really good baseball. I mean, we were doing all of the things good teams do to win. Playing small ball, you know, power, playing defense, pitching well, all of these things, and we saw how it could work, you know, if we did all of those things and how good we could be. At that point, I think we started really believing in ourselves and believing that we were better than everybody else.

Q. Could you talk about the job that Ron Washington did with you guys throughout the season and into the playoffs?

JOSH HAMILTON: Yeah, he's an unbelievable manager. He's a great player's coach. He's always encouraging us. At the same time, if we do something wrong, he'll jump on us. But you know, doesn't do it to embarrass us in front the team. Pulls us to the side and calls us into the office. He's a guy of great integrity. He means what he says. And you know what, for Wash, he's been in the game a long time, and this is pretty special for him to be here this year and to be right here to the end with us.

Q. Talk about your teammates, what they have meant to you, and we hear you guys get along great and there's all this camaraderie and you guys are a happy bunch. Just expand more on that, if you will.

JOSH HAMILTON: I mean, baseball is a kid's game. Yeah, we are all grown ups and have children, a lot of us, but we have to remember where it all started and it's about having fun. We do that well together. So I mean, the chemistry is just unbelievable as far as in the clubhouse. We never take anything too seriously. But at the same time, our focus level is up, always. So it's been fun.

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