JEFF SUPPAN: The Mets were definitely,
or are definitely, a tremendous team all around.
You know, basically as a team, St. Louis -- us, we
are focusing on what we have to focus on. We're
not concerned about, you know, how you get in or
what people perceive you to be. And you know I
think when you're playing with tremendous people,
like Scott Rolen, who really helped me out this
whole year, Yadier, the whole team, I could go
through everybody. We got here because we
focused on what we had to focus on, and we were
able to persevere.
Everybody is matching you guys up
now with the Tigers and looking forward to the
JEFF SUPPAN: You know, I think the
Detroit Tigers, I mean, what a different place that is
from when I was in Kansas City going there and
playing, and now look at the team, just a
You know, so my thoughts really aren't
there yet. I'm just trying to live in this moment and
enjoy this time.
Could you describe your approach
in the sixth inning and how you got through
that after Rolen's error?
JEFF SUPPAN: You're going to hate me
for this answer, buddy, but any time there's any
situation that happens, it's over with. You have to
focus on that one pitch. I took the approach as I
have every game I've pitched in, I make a
selection, a pitch selection, Yadi or I, however we
get to it, that's my pitch that I'm going to throw.
And basically, I try to make the pitch.
You know, Scott, he's just made so many
tremendous plays; that was a very tough play. I
moved on. As soon as the runner got on first, that
was over with. I had to focus on who I was facing
Tony has taken many teams to the
World Series and it has become quite a habit.
Why has he become such a successful
JEFF SUPPAN: You know, I think Tony,
he always gives Dave Duncan a lot of credit, and I
believe that to be true. I believe Skipper, Dunc,
our whole coaching staff, really bears down and
focuses. I always tell them, they are coaching their
butts off after every game, win or lose. You know,
I think they really helped us as a team keep our
focus. And specifically, Tony, you know, little
things he says, some of them, you may not hear at
the time. You know, but he continues to say these
things, and when you're ready as a player to hear
what he has to say and you can use it to help
yourself, that's when it happens, and that's what he
does good at or he does well at or however you
I think that he has a lot of experience. I
mean, he's been through it. Experience and
knowledge, you have awareness, and obviously
he's been in the awareness stage for a long time.
It has really helped me out as a player to become
the pitcher that I can be.
When did you know that tonight was
going to be a good night for you, you had good
stuff, that it was going to be a good result?
JEFF SUPPAN: When did I know?
Could you tell during the game?
JEFF SUPPAN: Well, the way I looked at
it, when the last out was made and we won, that
was a good night. I felt we all did well. Yadi did a
tremendous job of helping me work through what I
had to work through.
I've said this a number of times, but Randy
Flores coming in in that situation, getting out of that
inning with no outs, Carlos on first, Yadi again
coming up with a big hit. That's just showing you
that we're all pulling the rope and we're all doing
Wainwright comes in, you know, he's been
a starter his whole career and he comes in in this
situation with these passionate fans rooting their
team on, and he was able to get three outs.
Your approach offensively this
whole series has been a little bit more patient
and a little bit different than the regular season.
How did you strike upon or how did you come
to know that you had to make such a drastic
switch, and how did it work for you?
YADIER MOLINA: I was working with one
of the coaches, Jose Oquendo and Albert, and I
just wanted to look for my pitch. I was just trying to
look for that pitch and put a good swing on it. If it's
not there, I don't swing. I was trying to do that, and
if it's there, put a good swing on it.
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