Sanders: 3-0 green light. Well, it was one of those
situations where, you know, Peavy was having a tough time
locating the ball, and 3 and 0, I just really was looking for an
area where I could get the bat extended, and it was there and I
was able to get on top of it and drive it.
Reggie, can you talk a little bit about just what
you're feeling? Obviously it's been a rough year with the
injury and everything else, just the feeling after hitting the
home run and the crowd and everything you went through, how that
felt for you.
Sanders: Well, it's exciting because, you know, we
all know that the postseason is a lot of fun and it can make or
break you, and so in that situation, you know, with the fans, you
know, cheering and really excited about what happened with me, of
course, being excited also, it just adds to that -- to that
Reggie, how difficult is it not to be overanxious
in that 3-0 situation and then the bases-loaded situation?
Sanders: Well, I think that's the most important
thing, really trying to key in on your emotions, because if you
looked at my first at-bat, my emotions were all over the place,
and so you really sat back and think about what was going on, you
learn over the course that it's all about those emotions and how
can you house those emotions.
Reggie, how did you feel about the job [Chris Carpenter] did
Sanders: Carp did an amazing job, you know. We all
know, you know, he's been having a couple of bad outings, but
there was no doubt in my mind that he was going to be the
Carpenter that I knew and that we've seen all year long, and he's
a horse and he's a guy that, you know, definitely you want in a
big game, and he proved that.
Reggie, what you were able to do in the last week
of the season, how much does that carry over in your mind?
Sanders: I don't know what I was able to do. What
do you mean?
Lots of RBIs.
Sanders: This game is all about results, and when you
have results, you have more confidence, and you know, you just
try to go out there and -- and really just have an idea of what
you're trying to do, and hopefully you can execute, and that's
all you can do as a player. So I don't want to talk about myself,
but that's all I can say.
Hey, Reggie, can you talk a little bit about your six
RBIs today? You've played in this league for a while. Talk
about where this ranks in some of your all-time games.
Sanders: It's huge because, you know, let alone
getting one RBI, you know, in a week, you know, you get six RBIs
in one day and especially under the postseason pressure
that that involves. It's a great day, you know. It's a great
day but it's over by no means. We've got a long way to go.
We're playing a tough team. As you can see, you know, they
fought to the last out, and you know, for us, today is a great
day, but when Thursday comes, it's going to be a new day.
Reggie, what is it about -- about
guys putting on the Cardinal uniform and kind of raising their
game to the next level once they've been here?
Sanders: Well, it starts definitely in the front
office, and it trickles down to Tony, and from there to the
players. The attitude here is all about business. It's all
about giving your all that particular day, and you feel that, and
so as a player, what you try to do is you try to, you know, do
what you can do that day, whether it's drive a run in, whether
it's steal a base, whatever the case may be, you know, but just
give what you can give that day.
Reggie, talking about your comeback, it almost
sounds like it's been more mental than physical for you as you're
talking about it. Has that been the case, a mindset more than
physically getting over the injury?
Sanders: Yeah. Most definitely. The ankle itself
is great, you know. I've been working hard with Pete and getting
where I needed to be and so getting in the games, and then
building that strength back up, and so now it's more -- well,
it's not emotional any more. It's not a head game any more
because I've been able to come back for two or three weeks now,
so now I'm in the groove, where I need to be.
Reggie, how personally gratifying is
it to do this in the postseason, which you've been in a number of
times, but I think other than maybe '01, it hasn't necessarily gone
the way you personally would have liked it?
Sanders: It was huge. I mean, it's -- it's -- you
know, everything's all about results right now. It's all about
getting your ballclub where they need to be, and that's to
continue to go as long as you can, so whenever you can contribute
to that, it's huge, so I'm excited, yeah.
Reggie, you talked about keeping an
even keel mentally in the postseason, keeping the big picture.
Can you talk about your leadership role in imparting that because
you've been in the postseason in the past five or six years?
You've seen the big picture. You know what it's all about.
Sanders: With that, too, we've got a lot of guys in
the clubhouse that are strong mentally, and we all support each
other. We all have each other's back, and we wouldn't be here
without just one person, you know. It's all about the whole team
and the whole team is -- really comes together through it all.
When you can look back, when I got hurt, Larry got hurt, Rolen
got hurt. We had guys step in and really do what they needed to
do to continue to help this ball club win. So Taguchi, Nunez,
Mabry, John Rodriguez, and so for us it's gratifying to have a
bench that can, you know, do what they need to do when guys are
out and step up, so that really shows the heart of this ball
club, being able to -- to fight through it all.
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