PRESTON WILSON: We're going to still
go out there and try to get after them. The fact that
we got the first one is nice. We want to come out
and play a good game tonight and hopefully get
When you think about great World
Series moments, one of the first ones people
think about is Mookie's ground ball and that
whole at-bat in '86. Where were you when that
happened and did you realize at the time what a
monumental play that was going to turn out to
PRESTON WILSON: I was in the stadium
at Shea Stadium sitting behind home plate. Being
12 years old, you don't have a grasp of how big
something like that is. To look back at it now, 20
years later, you realize how well remembered it is,
and what a big part of baseball history it was.
So I'm glad to be in some way associated
There's been sort of a job sharing
going on for a while for you all in left and right
field and down here with the DH, as well. How
do you sort of manage that? Are there any
challenges to that? What's that like as a guy
whose part of that job-sharing arrangement?
PRESTON WILSON: Well, I think the
good thing about it is no matter who we put out
there we believe in them. It's different when you're
used to playing every day, but at the same time
you believe that the team isn't missing anything no
matter who you put out there. I think it's a great
problem for the manager to have. The biggest
thing is to come prepared to do whatever you have
to do to help.
Right now it's not about personal things or
personal stats, it's about trying to do whatever it
takes for a team to win.
Can you describe where you went
after Mookie, that play in '86. Did you go into
the clubhouse, did you go down in the room?
How much of it do you remember?
PRESTON WILSON: Well, after all the
craziness and trying to settle down, and like I said,
being 12, I basically just went down to the family
room where my mom was, and everybody was just
so excited. And I just remember just how
everybody was kind of awestruck that the game
went the way it did and they ended up winning. It
seemed like the next game was a letdown. Even
though it was a Game 7, it was a letdown, because
Boston really didn't have any more steam left.
What kind of adjustment was it for
you when you hit second and even first,
considering you do like to swing a lot and
those positions are mostly associated with
building counts? Did you have to change
PRESTON WILSON: No, not at all. As a
matter of fact, Tony made sure that I didn't. He
didn't want me going up there to take pitches. He
told me to stay aggressive. He put me there not
because he wanted me to be somebody else,
because he wanted me to be in that spot. To me
that was comforting, feeling like he wasn't trying to
get me to be a different player just because I'm
hitting somewhere else in the lineup. He knows
what I did over my career, and he said, "Just do it."
When things were a struggle this
year in Houston, where did you expect to be at
this time of the year and what do you think of
the way things have turned out for you this
PRESTON WILSON: Well, the team in
Houston I thought was a good ballclub. They
struggled a little bit off and on in different areas. I
still thought it was a good ballclub. Honestly, early
on and early in the season I thought that team had
a chance to make the playoffs. When everything
went down there and I got let go there, I had no
idea where I was going to end up. When the
phone calls started coming, it felt good to know
they were interested. When St. Louis was one of
the teams, I took a good look and decided that's
where I wanted to be.
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