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10/31/2001 03:12 AM ET
Sanders: Loss won't bother us
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. Sanders is sharing his thoughts with throughout the Series.

NEW YORK -- Today was all about adjustments. We had to adjust to the new ballpark and especially the cold weather, which was something we were definitely not used to. Plus the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium is really different. The fans are loud and they have all sorts of chants. You really have to get used to the fact that there's very little foul territory down the line. That means the fans are especially close to the field.

It's hard to explain, but I think we're all just trying to get comfortable here so it was good to get this game under our belts. I got up about 10:30 today and had some breakfast in my room. I watched television and just relaxed until about 2:30 p.m. when Steve Finley and I left for the ballpark.

Once I got here, I just kind of tried to relax. I played some cards and watched some hitting tapes and some film of Roger Clemens. I went into the whirlpool and then got taped and went out to stretch and take batting practice.

It was fun playing out there in right field tonight. I had a good time with the fans out there. The fans did a couple of chants that got me to smile at them a little bit.


Roger surprised me a little. Everyone was talking about how his hamstring was giving him problems so we didn't think he'd be able to throw as hard as he was throwing or move around as good as he was moving around. He was fine and that was surprising.

My arm is fine. It stung when Roger hit me with the pitch, but it was cold out there. I'm OK, though. It's not going to be a problem.

I was asked by a reporter how we would respond to the loss and I think we'll be fine. We've overcome a lot of obstacles this season as a team. It's never been an easy ride for us. We're just going to let this game go and focus on tomorrow's game. We played OK tonight, it was a 2-1 game. It's not like we got blown out. We've expected this to be a tough series all along so this is not a surprise to us.

We've got Curt Schilling coming back for us tomorrow, which I think is a good thing. I know it's on short rest, but if anyone can do it, I think he can. He thrives on the spotlight and in big-game situations. He's definitely a mentally strong pitcher.

Reggie Sanders is an outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks.