10/24/05 5:50 AM ET
Ensberg: 'Stros thrive on adversity
I don't want to sugarcoat it. This was a very difficult loss. But there's nothing a team can do to us that we haven't been through before. We're not affected so negatively by tough losses. We're not going to dwell on it. We'll just refocus on what we need to do to win back in Houston.Actually, I'm really proud of the way our team responded in the top of the ninth, getting two big runs off their closer to come back and tie the game following Paul Konerko's grand slam. We're always going to fight and we're going to make it tough on you. Then, just when you think you're OK, we're going to come back with two runs in the ninth inning like we did tonight. I don't think they'd acknowledge it, but going into the ninth inning, the White Sox had to be fairly confident that they had the game won. But we fought back. There are very few predicaments this club hasn't encountered over the course of the season. We've been in much deeper holes than this. In May, we were already facing elimination from the NL Central race. Adversity makes you stronger, and that's what's happened to our club this season. In fact, we were in this position in the NLCS last season against the Cardinals. We lost the first two games in St. Louis and then went back to Houston and won three. We're very resilient and the World Series is far from over. We're going to make it really difficult for the White Sox before this is settled. We just need to get back to Houston and regroup. We've played extremely well at home. The sound of our crowd at home is unlike anything I've heard in my life. It's a big distraction. You can't even hear each other on the field it's so loud. Morgan Ensberg had the best of his three full seasons in the Majors in 2005, achieving career highs with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs. His .945 OPS was eighth-best in the NL.
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