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10/28/2001 01:33 AM ET
Sanders: Series reality finally sinking in
Sanders (left) congratulates Craig Counsell after the latter's solo homer in the first inning Saturday night.
Signed as a free agent in the offseason, Arizona outfielder Reggie Sanders played a big role in getting the Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series. Over the next week, Sanders will share his thoughts on the Series with MLB.com.

PHOENIX -- I slept good last night. The only difference was that when I woke up this morning my wife noticed that I was acting pretty quiet. I guess that's because I was already focusing on the game.

As I was driving to the ballpark, it finally sunk in that we were in the World Series. I started to get really nervous. I tried to just go through my regular pregame routine and work on my breathing to try and calm down.

That seemed to help a little until I left the clubhouse and went into the dugout before the game. That's when I saw all the fans, and it hit me again that we were in the World Series. I'm not kidding you. I was a wreck sitting on that bench waiting for the game to begin. I finally calmed down when I went up to the plate for my first at-bat.

The crowd tonight was awesome. They really stepped it up and were roaring all night. They were into the game. You could tell, and that's really helpful for us.

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This is an exciting time and it was nice to get that first win. It's big for us. Sometimes it's tough to get that first win against a team like the Yankees. But it's still just one game and we have to put it away and come out tomorrow and focus on Game 2. The Yankees are a great team and it was only one game. It just gives us motivation to want to come out and play hard again tomorrow.

We're going to take the same approach against Andy Pettitte tomorrow that we took against Mike Mussina tonight. We're going to try and see the ball as good as we can and hack at it.

We capitalized on their mistakes tonight and that's something that we've done all year. We're a veteran team and veterans know how to do that. They know how to overcome obstacles.

We've got Randy [Johnson] going for us tomorrow. It should be a good match between he and Pettitte.

Reggie Sanders is an outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks.