Q. How much anxiety does it produce
now learning just shortly ago El Duque may not
go tomorrow and you don't know who your No.
1 starter is?
CARLOS DELGADO: Well, we don't know
so we don't want to get ahead of ourselves. I
mean, we all wish he is well and he can come back
in and start tomorrow. If that's not the case,
hopefully somebody will come in and step up.
I mean, it takes 25 guys to win, and the
one thing that we're hoping -- we're hoping for the
best, definitely. We hope that he's okay, that test
or whatever they gonna do come back okay and
he's in good health. But if it doesn't happen,
somebody gonna have to take the ball and give us
a good effort. We're gonna be all right.
DAVID WRIGHT: We've been doing this
all year. With Pedro being out at times, we've had
young guys step up. We've acquired some guys
via trades. So it just depends on, you know, we've
had guys coming off our bench, guys coming out of
our Minor Leagues stepping into the job. This isn't
anything new. We've been stepping up and guys
have been collectively coming together as a unit all
Q. How quickly did word of El Duque's
problem go through you guys on the field? Did
you know right away?
CARLOS DELGADO: I don't know when
right away was. I did not see it when it happened.
DAVID WRIGHT: No.
Q. How did you receive word?
DAVID WRIGHT: I came into the
clubhouse to get some water and that's when I was
told. I don't know how long after it happened.
Q. What was your first reaction?
DAVID WRIGHT: I mean, obviously, you
feel for El Duque because he's a big-time pitcher.
He loves that big game. Obviously, his record in
the playoffs speaks for itself. You're concerned for
him. You know how upset he must be, he wanted
the ball, he wanted to be in that situation. But after
we figure out what exactly is gonna happen after
these tests come back and we figure out who our
starters are gonna be, we're gonna step up and get
the job done. You can't feel sorry about
yourselves. You can't feel sorry about anybody.
It's crunch time. We have to dig deep and see
Q. First for David and then for Carlos:
David, your defense has gotten progressively
better from last year to this year and hard work,
stuff like that. Talk about you gaining
confidence defensively at third base.
For Carlos, has his
defense progressed since you're on the
receiving end of all of his throws?
DAVID WRIGHT: I think I finally got a
good first baseman. All the credit goes to Carlos
No, I feel like I've been working hard, you
know. A lot of errors this year are stupid errors,
careless errors. But it feels like I've worked hard.
Coaching staff, the veterans on the team have
really helped me out. I'm proud of that. I'm proud
that I feel more confident out there than I did last
year. I feel like I've gotten progressively better.
That's something when I look back on I feel proud
about it and I'm happy about it.
Q. Both you guys.
CARLOS DELGADO: I think David's work
habit and work ethics are second to none. He
comes out every day, works on what he needs to,
whatever he needs to do. I think since I've been
here - because I wasn't here last year - but from
what I heard, obviously he's improved
tremendously. This year, you can see that he goes
out there and is very confident, he makes some
great plays. I can look back on that play in
Philadelphia, he made an unbelievable play.
I'll hook you up. Dinner's on you (smiling).
But you can feel the confidence. You
know, he's in the game. That's the most important
thing. Once you're focused, you're gonna be able
to catch the ball.
Q. Obviously, offense has come
through all year. With this situation now, do
you feel a little bit more added pressure to get
going and get the offense going early on
because of the pitching?
CARLOS DELGADO: I think that's the
worst thing we can do. The worst thing we can do
is put extra pressure on ourselves. The same way
David talked about earlier, we had, over the course
of a year, some injuries. We were able to
So right now we just have to go out there,
because we can't pitch and hit at the same time.
So when we're hitting, we're just gonna hit. When
we're on the field, we're just gonna try to pitch and
catch the ball.
DAVID WRIGHT: I feel confident with the
offense. I mean, especially the way we've been
swinging bats the last couple days. I think it was
very important to get that momentum going. I think
for us, that the first part of the playoffs is knowing
we've been going to the playoffs the last few
weeks. We had that little honeymoon period. To
get off and swing the bats the way we have,
hopefully that catapults us into October.
Q. From what you've seen with LA
during the season, how do you feel you match
up against them?
CARLOS DELGADO: We match up well.
We won the series. They're here because they are
a good team. They stayed in contention the whole
season. They won the wildcard. They have a
good team. All their guys know how to play. We
can't afford to make mistakes. We just have to go
out there, bring our A game. I think we match up
great against every team, every team in the
So we're not here to compare people
head-to-head. We just got to go play better than
that. Simple as that.
DAVID WRIGHT: I think we're confident
against anybody. Not saying that in a cocky way,
but we're confident in ourselves and, you know, I
think that if we go out there and we play our game,
we have the tools, we have the right guys out
there, we just have to go put it all together. From
what I've talked to some of the veterans that have
been in the playoffs before, it's all about
momentum. We definitely have the talent. We
have to get hot at the right time. If we get hot,
we're gonna be tough to beat.
Q. You faced Derek Lowe a number of
times in the American League, Carlos. Can you
give a scouting report on him.
CARLOS DELGADO: He's gonna rely on
movement. He's got a good sinker, can cut the
ball a little bit, throw a little bit of a changeup. For
him, his bread and butter is the sinker. As a hitter,
you just got to stay in your zone. Just make sure
he throws his strike. He's a lot more effective
when you're swinging at that pitch, going out of the
zone, whether it's away or down.
Q. Carlos, as a veteran on this team,
would you be able to tell if some of the guys
who have not been in this situation before are
pressing, and how would you approach them?
CARLOS DELGADO: Well, first of all, I
don't think it will happen but if it will happen, you
know what I mean, it is natural. I mean, we're
excited. But, you know, we have to be able to
control our emotions, keep our emotions in check.
I mean, if you see something that noticeable out of
the way, say, Hey, slow down a bit, it's only a
game. It's like nobody's gonna die here or
anything like that. Just got to go out, play the
game same way we play 162 games. Easier said
than done because it is what it is. We're not gonna
minimize it. We gonna try to feed off that energy,
feed off that adrenaline. If you don't let it all out
here, I mean, when you gonna do it, in December?
We just gonna go out and play. If we see
something that is completely out of control that is
hurting the ballclub, or we see that you have to
address it, with the character that we have in here,
I don't anticipate seeing it. But I guess we will
cross that bridge when we get there if we get there;
I don't think we will.
Q. I was going to follow that up. It's
both of your first time in the postseason.
Carlos being a veteran player, having been in
the league so many more years than you have,
controlling the emotion, because it is a more
intense environment no matter how you look at
it. How do you make sure you keep the
attention span as far as the game itself, keep
control of those emotions and not let the
environment affect your play?
DAVID WRIGHT: I think it's prepared us
playing in New York, you know, all season. We've
been, you know, under a microscope. We got out
to an early lead. I think that's helped a little bit.
But come playoff time, it's a different atmosphere.
You know, gonna be excited. You're gonna have
some butterflies but you have to try to use that,
turn that into positive energy. Everybody, I don't
care if you've been in the postseason like Glavine
every single year, you're gonna have a little bit of
nervousness, anxiousness. You're gonna be
excited at the same time. I think we're gonna feed
off the emotion of the crowd, have the adrenaline
going, go out and put on a good show.
You have to just look at the situation, take
a deep breath, try to relax as much as you can and
just remember it's the same game you've been
playing 162 games throughout the course of the
Q. You have been able to avoid long
losing streaks during the season, been able to
combat that. Does that resilience help you in
the postseason or is it a totally different
CARLOS DELGADO: I think it's important.
I mean, it's just you have less time. There's less
room for error, for mistake, you know what I'm
We want to go out and win first Game 1.
We don't want to test our self and say, let's lose
two in a row to see what we can do after that. No,
we're just gonna try to win Game 1 and then Game
2. We know the kind of team that we have. We
know the character that we have. We were able to
overcome some roadblocks over the course of a
year, and we were able to stick together. We know
that. That's one of our biggest assets.
But, you know, we got to play the game.
That's the most important thing.
DAVID WRIGHT: Right. I think the
biggest thing is we're a resilient team. You ask
about resiliency. No matter how many runs we're
down, no matter what the situation, we've lost
Pedro at times, we've lost Cliff Floyd, Carlos
Beltran for a period of time, it just seems like
whoever's down, somebody steps up and wants to
be that guy. When you have a team that's as close
as we are and you call a guy up from the Minor
Leagues or get a guy off the bench, they want to
contribute, they want to be a part of this. That's
the most important thing. We're a resilient team.
We've had a lot of come-back wins. We've dealt
with some adversity. So this isn't the first time -
you know, going into the playoffs with a couple of
our pitchers hurt - this isn't the first time we've dealt
with this, so we're not too shocked. We've dealt
with it before and we're gonna do a good job of
handling ourselves in the playoffs.
Q. Tonight, you have free time. Will
you catch the other Division Series or you need
to get away from baseball?
CARLOS DELGADO: If you're in New
York and the Yankees are not gonna be on TV
everywhere you go? I'm not gonna make
reservations at 8 o'clock in front of my couch, but
you want to know what's going on with the other
teams. But for me, we have family in town. I want
to spend a little time with them. It's gonna be
impossible not to see some.
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