JIM EDMONDS: I knew it wasn't going to
be something that lasted forever, but I was just
more concerned about not being able to finish the
season at all. And I was thinking this might be the
last time I play here a little bit, so I was kind of
concerned that I wouldn't be able to play the last
couple of games of the year.
We were struggling at the end so I didn't
know how long -- if we were going to make the
playoffs or how far we were going to go. I just
wanted a chance to get back on the field.
Can you talk about Chris'
performance tonight and how dominant he
JIM EDMONDS: Well, he got strike one a
lot to a lot of hitters. He moved the ball around
and made his pitches. He has an ability to be very
calm and consistent and not make a lot of
mistakes. And he doesn't get rattled too easy, and
that's pretty obvious. But it's amazing to watch him
work with Yadi and just throw the ball to the glove
and really doesn't look up. He has a focus and a
game plan and he doesn't really go away from it.
And I think that just helps his consistency and like I
said, he puts his hat down and him and Yadi just
go to town.
You looked like your old self, how fit
do you feel you are right now?
JIM EDMONDS: I can't answer that
question. I'd have to lie. I think I'm doing all right.
We'll put it at that. This is the World Series and I'm
having a good time. This is what it's all about.
How much have you and the whole
team used your underdog status as motivation
through the series?
JIM EDMONDS: Not one bit. I don't think
it's ever even came across the locker room or
anybody's ever said a word about it. We're just
excited to be here, and we're just trying to focus in
on winning games. We know we have a good
opponent, and we have the utmost respect for Mr.
Leyland and their team. We're just trying to really
grind it out and do the best we can to get a chance
to win a ring.
You seem to have a knack for
coming alive, if you will, in the postseason.
Without giving away any trade secrets, how do
you pull that off?
JIM EDMONDS: I don't know. I don't
really know the stats or anything. I don't really pay
attention, but I just think that when you play in the
postseason, you have to focus a little bit stronger
and a little bit more, stay calm, stay under control,
and those are the only things I really try to do is not
to get too excited. And I think a lot of times good
players get overly excited and things can happen
really quick. I think some of the things we talk
about is not letting at-bats get away from you too
quickly and to take your time. And that's just
something that I've been able to do and I've been
lucky enough to be in the postseason enough to
get some practice at it, I guess. I don't really know
what to say.
Your success against lefties in the
postseason has been pretty well this
postseason, explain why that is. Is it because
you're seeing the ball better? Do you approach
the left-hander different than the right-hander
in any case?
JIM EDMONDS: Well, obviously you get
a guy like the guy that was throwing today, he
moves the ball around and makes his pitches. He
seemed like he didn't get rattled too much, either. I
just really try to swing at strikes. That's the basic
philosophy. I don't really try to do too much, I just
try to swing at strikes. And it's pretty simple.
My No. 1 goal is to make them throw the
ball over the plate. We've watched the Yankees
do that over the years and have good at-bats, and
that's what we try to do and that's what I try to do
Can you talk about what you
thought Robertson's strategy was against you
when you got the double.
JIM EDMONDS: I really didn't know. You
watch tapes on guys, and one game they throw
one way, and the next game they throw another. It
just depends on the opponent. I was just really
trying, like I said, swing at a strike, put a ball in
play. I was fortunate enough to get the ball down
the line when Sean was playing me in the hole and
that's it. I was trying to battle and trying not to do
too much and give my team a chance to score a
run. That's it, it's pretty simple.
I know the media likes to hype, this
game is a must-win game, how critical beyond
going up two games to one was it to win this
first game at home?
JIM EDMONDS: I think the one thing that
I think our team does really well is it doesn't get
really excited about this whole deal with we have to
be up or our ace is pitching or this guy is going.
We just came home and play. I think now that you
sit back and think about it, it was an important
game with Chris pitching.
But it's amazing, this team is just -- we've
got a bunch of characters in there, and they don't
really get concerned with being up 2-1, being down
2-1, what the situation is. I think that's been our
best trait at the -- our best, I guess, trait would be
the word at the end of the year here is everybody
is just going and playing. It's amazing if you sit in
that clubhouse how many random things are going
on and not really concerned with what's going on
on TV or what's going on outside in the world. We
just come up and try to play.
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