So, you know, with those thoughts in mind,
you know, you just stay confident. I worked with
Duncan quite a bit, just more so talking about who I
was as a pitcher and trying to get back to that, and
not trying to change who I was or what I was trying
to do out there, but getting back to what got me to
that point and having success.
With those things in mind, you know, just
finally kind of got my feet on the ground and got
back to who I was and, you know, I wasn't so
mechanical. You know, my strengths are kind of
changing my arm angles, giving different looks and
kind of got away from that a little bit.
You know, when you come to a team that's
built to win and you have that opportunity to help
that team succeed and get to the post-season, you
know, all of those things are motivation in itself to
get back to the guy that you know you are. And
just, you know, I've always kind of said, especially
when you've gone through struggles before and
worked yourself out of it, that things happen for a
reason. You know, maybe this is what was
supposed to happen to get me to this point and
enable me to get back to the post-season. You
know, despite all of those struggles, I was able to
get out there in the first series and win a ballgame.
So, you know, when you do those things and
accomplish those things, it's easy to put those
tough times behind.
I was going to ask you, if, in fact,
after winning the first game, if it put away a lot
of those gremlins or whatever, the bad
thoughts you had from the last time you
pitched in the post-season and so forth.
JEFF WEAVER: Well, despite the World
Series appearance, ironically enough, I pitched
against St. Louis in the first round with L.A. a
couple of years ago. I had a tough time with that
So, you know, having the opportunity
again, obviously you want to make the best of it,
finally get that first post-season win out of the way.
You know, when you accomplish something that
you haven't done before, it's just added
confidence, and the way I've thrown the last couple
of months, which just continues that process and
hopefully just take this into this series and continue
to help the team to win some games.
I'd be remiss to not ask you this
while you're here in New York: You're sitting
here and a couple of miles away the Yankees
are having a news conference with their usual
chaos, what impact did your stay on the
Yankees have on your life and your career?
JEFF WEAVER: Tremendous amount. I
mean, when you go from Detroit, a small-market
team to the biggest market in baseball, you know,
it's all new. You're on the biggest stage in
baseball, and then on top of it, you're going
through your toughest season as a professional
and just added strain and stress to try to dig
yourself out of holes. And sometimes when you do
that, it even makes it worse.
So those experiences are something that I
can always go back to, remember, remember how
I handled it, remember that I was able to work
myself out of it, remember that I was able to get
back to who I was. You know, when you go
through the tough times again, you can always
remember that you worked yourself out of it.
You're going to get back to it. Just continue to
work, stay confident and know that your abilities
are what got you there and eventually things will
You know, all of those things, good or bad,
are experiences that help you to be the person and
the professional you are today. That definitely
prepared me for anything that can come my way.
. Can you talk about the key to
beating the Mets?
JEFF WEAVER: That's a good question. I
don't know if many people have had that answer
thus far this year. (Smiling).
Obviously, a huge key is trying to keep
Reyes off the bases. That guy is a run producer.
He's always getting on base and scoring runs.
And then the middle of the lineup is as potent as
any in baseball. Obviously you've got to be
aggressive. You've got to get ahead of these guys
and hopefully get them to swing at and try to hit
pitches that you want them to, instead of falling
into a place where you have to kind of give into
them and have an opportunity for them to hurt you.
But, you know, there's going to be some
runs scored. There's no doubt about that. But
we've just got to as a staff stay away from the big
innings that they are capable of. If we can do that
with the guys we have, we're going to put up some
runs and hopefully just a few more than them.
All of the players who have joined
the Cardinals since Albert Pujols has been
there has said it's stunning to watch him on a
daily basis, as opposed to just the little times
you see him on the other side. Can you talk
about what that's been like for you and how
he's a game changer, maybe the best one in
JEFF WEAVER: Well, I mean, coming
over, it was a situation where, you know, you get to
see him on an everyday basis and you just
understand how consistent he is. I mean, it really
is on an everyday basis he has an opportunity to
change the game, and usually, I mean, it was
evident with all of the go-ahead RBIs he had this
year, he comes up huge in the clutch. For the last
couple of weeks when we were struggling, it was
him that was constantly putting up the production.
And not only because of his offense, as
good as it is, his defense, the way he plays first
base is as good as there is in baseball, also. He's
just an all-around great player, and as consistent
as they come.
Any question in your mind he's the
MVP of the league?
JEFF WEAVER: I don't think there's any
doubt, any doubt in my mind.
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