DAN HAREN: Very exciting. Obviously, there was three ways it could have went, down 2 0 or up 2 0 or split 1 1, and I think this is the best situation for me. It takes a little bit of the pressure off, I think, too, which is nice, because it's obviously my first post season start.
I am going to have a lot of adrenaline going into the game. So being up 2 0, I think it enables me to relax a little more than I would maybe 1 1 or down 0 2, so I think I will be able to pitch my game.
And I think I have had a couple starts earlier, I think the one against Minnesota that I just talked about was a big game for the team, we were struggling a little bit, and I was able to pick us up then, and there was a game that we could have clinched at home against the Angels where I didn't get the job done, so I have pitched some games that are kind of similar to this situation, so I am pretty excited and fired up to go into it.
DAN HAREN: It's different. Things like this, this is different. When I was on the roster for the Cardinals I was basically the 25th guy on the roster, not expecting to be used that much, and I ended up pitching in the division series and getting a win in the second game, so I got kind of thrown into the fire there.
But I think that this experience, I mean, it's something that I will remember for the rest of my life, my first post season start up against a guy, Brad Radke, who I grew up watching and I have a tremendous amount of respect for, against just a great quality team like the Twins.
It's going to be really exciting. I am sure it will be sold out and the atmosphere is just going to be great tomorrow.
Q. What does it mean, the same energy, you mean aggressive?
DAN HAREN: Yeah. I think that game my command was really good. I don't know if I walked anybody, maybe one guy, but I think when I am going good, I throw a lot of strikes, and coming into tomorrow they have been pretty aggressive watching the first couple outings with Loaiza and Zito, they have been pretty aggressive, and they know I am going to be throwing strikes, so I got to try to use that to my advantage or try to figure out a way to get some early outs maybe.
But I got to control my energy, too. I am sure I am going to have a lot of emotion going into the game with the opportunity we have to finish it off. I am sure I am going to be really amped up, so I think controlling my emotions is going to be a big deal, and there is going to be a lot of energy in the ballpark and on my part, too.
Q. There are people who think you have Number 1 starter type of stuff. Do you think there is another level you can go to and what would it take for you to get there?
DAN HAREN: I think I have shown at times this year that I can have that Number 1 stuff. You know, when you look at Number 1 starters around the league, just like Zito, he is a guy that has been doing it for now six years, and putting up the quality starts, the innings, the wins.
I think that's what a Number 1 starter does. I don't think I have been able to accomplish those things at this point in my career, but looking at a guy like that and a guy like Santana who, like I said, puts up the innings, the wins, the strikeouts, the whole package, and I think at times I have shown that I can do that, but I definitely wouldn't consider myself a Number 1 starter at this point, but it's something that I am working towards, and maybe three or four years down the line I can be one.
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