Do you have a pitch count?
BRAD RADKE: You have to ask Gardy
about that. Personally, no. I would like to go out
there and -- especially starters like to go out in the
game and finish the game, you know, that's what
we are here for is to go out. You start and finish
But, you know, the game has changed
over the years, but I like to go out there as long as
At any point did you consider not
even trying to come back?
BRAD RADKE: Absolutely not. You
know, I am out there fighting. I wanted to help this
team win. And, you know, it wasn't fun to come
out of that game in Chicago after two innings.
And no, like I said, I just took it day by day.
And part of me said you are going to make it back,
the other part of me said, well, shoot, I don't know
if this is going to happen or not.
But, you know, I had hope, and things
worked out for the best.
What's the status of your arm and
shoulder? Do you have any pain, and is it back
to full strength?
BRAD RADKE: No. You know what, I tell
you what, I feel almost as strong now as I did at
the beginning of the year. I guess, you know, the
fracture there must have healed up nicely.
And, no, I went through this pretty much
from the end of May until, you know, the end of
August, so I have been throwing bull pens, I threw
a pen on Monday, didn't have any problems. I
haven't done that. You know, I was throwing
bullpens for the first time before I made that game
last week, for the first time since May, or since
probably June, I should say.
But I feel pretty good.
Did the A's history of not being able
to -- they have a history of not being able to
finish off opponents, did the fact that the A's
are able to wrap it up, does that have any
BRAD RADKE: I don't think so. This team
isn't looking at the past, you know, we are looking
at the future, and that's tomorrow's game. The
past is the past. Tomorrow is another day. We are
still alive in this thing. We are down 0-2, but, you
know, funny things happen in this game. Were the
A's expected to beat us twice in the dome? No. It
happened. So you just never know.
After that game on Thursday did you
go through a normal routine to get to this point
BRAD RADKE: Yeah. I had, what, eight
days. I pitched last Thursday. Tomorrow is Friday,
so that's about eight days. But no, I was pretty
sore, you know, as expected for about three days
after the start. And it was typical muscle soreness.
I was pretty happy about it.
Actually, I felt a little better than I thought I
would, but yeah, I just worked hard and threw a
pen on Monday. Everything was great, and I
played some catch yesterday and played some
catch today. So I will be ready to go for tomorrow.
Brad, let me ask you this because
people do change their minds: Is there a
scenario out there in which you would consider
coming back next year?
BRAD RADKE: Just had to throw it out
there, didn't you? You know, I don't know. This is
really something I really don't want to talk about
now. I will talk about this a little more when the
season is over, but I don't think there is any doubt
that I won't be back. But still never know. It's not
100 percent right now. It's pretty darn close, but
like I said, I will let you know when the season is
Why did you decide to consider
BRAD RADKE: A lot of things, you know.
It's -- that had a lot to do with it, physically, and
some personal things that were -- me and my
family are going through. It's just not one thing, it's
a few things. And like I said, I am sure I will
discuss it a little more in detail about that down the
What do you remember about '02
and game 5 here? You pitched pretty well.
BRAD RADKE: It was awesome, definitely
a first playoff experience for me in '02, and it was
something I will never forget, and I think that -- I
have always enjoyed pitching here at this park. It's
got a tall mound and a good backdrop.
And that series was a lot of fun. Were we
expected to beat the A's again? No. Were we
ever expected to win? No. We are always the
underdog. And I think that's the way we like it.
And we are just going to go out tomorrow and do
the best we can and, hopefully, do some things
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