First and foremost, Jeff Bagwell and Brad Ausmus decided that the beards had run their course, and that it was time to go in another direction. Being down 0-2 to the White Sox, they decided that we'd whittle the beards down to goatees and see what kind of luck that brings us.
I found out by word of mouth, through the grapevine in the clubhouse. I saw a couple of guys at the sink shaving it up. They informed me that Bagwell had made the executive decision to remove the beards and hopefully change our luck.
Tonight's loss was unfortunate, because I felt like we played well. It was a tough night to be a reliever, cold and wet. Those guys were sitting out there for a long time. Unfortunately, we just weren't able to hold the lead and weren't able to extend the game.
Offensively, we played really well tonight. And Andy (Pettitte) did a great job. We have so much confidence in our bullpen and we know that they'll get the job done the next time, no doubt.
There's been a lot written about the fact that we definitely know how to play with our backs to the wall. At the same time, we'd like to end that trend. But here we are, and we know how to play against adversity. On Tuesday, we'll come back and feed off the energy of the crowd and hopefully get a win under our belts.
Tonight was a tough loss and we'll have a day to think about it, but I feel like the team feels pretty positive about the way we've played these two games.
I think Brad Lidge is very much the same as our team -- he just doesn't seem fazed when he has a bad outing. He never gets too high when it's going great and hasn't had too many lows in his career. It just seems like he's been able to bounce back mentally every time.
I don't think anybody's worried about Brad. Unfortunately, he's given up a couple of runs lately, but I think everybody will be plenty confident to give him the ball again.
Chris Burke's diary appears as told to Alyson Footer, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less