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10/24/2001 05:33 PM ET
Stanton: Looking ahead to Game 1
It should be ''interesting'' to watch Andy Pettitte bat against Randy Johnson, says Stanton.
  • Bret Boone's Diary

    Throughout the World Series, Yankees reliever Mike Stanton will continue his exclusive "First Person" diary for and The team worked out at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, and will leave for Arizona on Thursday in preparation for Saturday's Game 1.

    Wednesday, Oct. 24

    Even though Monday night was so incredible, there is some looking ahead, but not much looking back at what we've done so far. Looking back is for later. There was some thinking ahead to Arizona yesterday, but not a whole lot. Most of yesterday was about enjoying time with my family away from the ballpark.

    It was nice to get back out on the field and to throw. It's a little different attitude coming to the ballpark when there's not a ballgame. It was nice to come in today, play around for a little while and get out of here.

    I don't know why Mariano Rivera and I have had so much success in the World Series. It's a situation where we've been blessed to make quality pitches in big games. When you get to the postseason, concentration and intensity aren't a problem. Not that it's a problem in the regular season, but sometimes those things just aren't there.

    People are talking about the "Yankee mystique" stuff, but we leave that up to the media to talk about. We just try to go out there and win ballgames.

    Playing games in the NL park, us relievers may have to bat, so we took batting practice today. My hitting wasn't very good, Mel Stottlemyre pitched me pretty good today. We're out there mostly to have fun, to work on our bunting and maybe just putting the ball in play. We have to get used to seeing a ball coming at us in a way we don't usually see, and maybe make contact.

    It's like a necessary evil. You have to do it, because you don't want to be totally shocked when you send someone to the plate. Andy Pettitte gets to bat against Randy Johnson, which should be interesting. We haven't done it a whole lot this year, and even then we haven't done it in a few months. There is a risk, but there should be some kind of reward, too.

    There has been a lot of talk about how young the Diamondbacks are, having only been in the league for four years. But if you look at their average age, it's older than ours. The organization hasn't been around long, but the guys on the team have a lot of experience.

    We've had a lot of success, and to talk about what we've done in the past is fun, but it still comes down to making quality pitches. As much success as we've had, it helps with our confidence and concentration, but we still have to make the pitches. If we don't, they're going to hit you.

    I've never played in a stadium with a swimming pool in it. I've played in some parks with pools behind them, but those were rec fields. I haven't been to Bank One Ballpark, but I hear it's a beautiful stadium, and even though I think it's a pretty good-sized park, from what I understand, it's a pretty good hitters park. We'll have to make good pitches.

    I think the World Series gets more special as you get older, because I think you appreciate it more. I was fortunate to get a couple of National League championship rings early in my career, and until you have been through it, I don't think you know what goes into that. Until you've experienced the ups and downs, it gets taken for granted by young players. The older you get, the more you realize how special this is, and how much you should cherish it.

    As told to Mark Feinsand, site reporter for Mike Stanton's next "First Person" diary will appear on Friday.