Everybody is kind of tired today, but everybody is in good spirits. Everybody’s got their mind in the right spot. I haven’t seen one person walking around here talking about how our season is over. We know we’ve got to win tomorrow, so that’s all we’re thinking about.
We didn’t have a full workout today because of the bad weather, but all of the pitchers went out and threw. I did my normal routine. I think that’s what everybody needed to do, was go do their normal routine. Or at least as much as we could without getting on the field. But everybody’s on the up. We’re doing good.
So the weather wasn’t really a problem. They’ve got to deal with it too.
When I went out there in the ninth inning, my first playoff game, I was pumped up. I was excited. I felt like I had everything right where I wanted it. I wasn’t nervous. It was pretty surprising to me how calm I was.
I just felt like I was right where I was supposed to be, and everything was going like it should. I got Manny Ramirez out, did what I wanted to. But something like what happened with James Loney, it happens.
I’ll take a ball hit at Matt Holliday any time. He’s going to do whatever he can.
After that, Casey Blake came up. ‘Dunc’ came out and told me not to give him anything good to hit. If I walk him, that’s fine. That’s what I ended up doing.
Then it was Ronnie Belliard. He hadn’t done anything with a curveball all day or yesterday — every time I’ve faced him, really. It’s just another one of those things. There’s nothing you can do when the ball doesn’t hit outfield grass and it goes through the hole. It could have just as easily have gone to Lugo or Brendan.
The pitch that Mark Loretta hit was a decent pitch. I went and looked at it. I pounded him in and it was blooped in. There’s nothing you can do about those. Those aren’t going to fall in that much. But still, that one did.
Now, we get on a plane to go back home. I think everybody knows that we’ve got to come out Saturday ready to go. Everybody will think about it tonight, and tomorrow we’ll go work out and get back to normal on Sunday.
Yesterday was an exciting day. I wasn’t going home for the offseason, for the first time in a long time.
I got to the ballpark yesterday and had a good workout. I went out and threw a bullpen after pitching Saturday but not Sunday. I was happy with how it looked. Then we got on a bus to the airport.
It felt like it was about a six-hour flight out here, with a big headwind that slowed us down. But it went by quickly because I had the sixth season of “24” to watch along the way.
And then today, I got up, went downstairs to have some breakfast. We came to the ballpark and had a good day here. We had our meetings, went over the hitters from the Dodgers, and there you go.
It’s exciting in the clubhouse right now on the day before the playoffs start. It’s definitely exciting. There’s a good feeling in here.