He's always been really nice to me. He's
always made it a point to come up and say hi. He
seems like a good man, good individual, good
How do you think the extra rest is
going to affect you?
DAN HAREN: I think everyone has got to
deal with it. I threw in the bullpen yesterday and
my arm felt really live. I think it's going to be pretty
much similar to the time I threw against Minnesota
and had some extra days. I think it's about
My arm is going to feel great when I go out
there, probably too good, and try to overthrow in
the first inning. I've got to concentrate on keeping
the ball down, and I'm sure the energy in the park
is going to be great and the atmosphere will be
I think it's going to be about controlling my
emotions. My arm is going to feel great, I know
that just from the bullpen yesterday.
How surprised were you that you
were pitching in Game Four instead of Game
DAN HAREN: A little surprised. I was told
I had Game Three. The same kind of thing
happened, though, in the Minnesota series. I was
told either three or four, and I got Game Three in
that series. I knew it was going to be -- I had a
feeling that if Harden went out and threw okay in
the instruction league and his arm felt okay, they'd
want to make sure to get him two starts.
Of course I'd like to have two starts, but I
assured them if something went wrong with Rich
that I'd be ready for Game Seven anyway. I think
it's a safer way to approach it. And, of course, I'd
like to be guaranteed two games if it got that far,
but I think either way I have a chance to throw.
It's been a long time for Rich. He had
such a long road to recovery and he sat out for so
long, and I think that he deserves this start. He
deserves to have this postseason start. I think
everyone is excited to go out there and watch him.
Two parter if I could: Who are your
closest friends now on the Cardinals? And
have you talked with any of them along the
lines of, Hey, maybe we can meet up here next
DAN HAREN: My closest friends would be
Randy Flores who is Ron Flores' brother. I talk
to Jason Marquis every once in a while; Woody
Williams is a good friend. He is not on the
Cardinals anymore, but he was a good friend of
mine over there.
It's funny, after Game One -- I haven't
talked to Marquis in probably three or four months,
and he texted me saying that they watched me on
Fox flossing my teeth during the game (laughter).
That was the majority of my messages from the
Cardinals' players was that I was on TV flossing.
I talk to those guys every once in a while. I
probably talk to Flores a little bit about meeting
him, and I thought it would be cool if obviously his
brother, who is along with us now, if we had a
chance to play them in the next round that would
be kind of special.
Obviously St. Louis, having played there,
would be a little extra special going there. I'd like
to see that stadium; that would be fun.
I know that baseball town is just crazy
about them, and if they got a chance to play in that
series, it would be just a really great atmosphere
What's the coldest you've ever
pitched in? And what do you think the impact
of the weather will be tomorrow if it's as chilly
as it is tonight?
DAN HAREN: The coldest I ever pitched
in was in A-Ball, Peoria, Illinois. My first start in
A-Ball was there. It was 18 and it was snowing
during the game, and there was about five or six
people in the stands, one of them being my dad
(laughter). That was probably the coldest I've
pitched in. I think the advantage probably goes to
pitchers being able to maybe throw inside a little
more and keeping the hitters honest, keeping them
Like Rich, he throws the ball mid, upper
90s, so I think he can keep them uncomfortable,
and hopefully my velocity will be able to get in
there. I think the toughest part is the long breaks
between innings. I think the breaks now are like
three minutes, which is pretty crazy, but I think
that's going to be the toughest part.
You got to pitch in the World Series
a couple years ago. How much does that help
you going into a start like tomorrow's?
DAN HAREN: Going into my last start
even, I was still extremely nervous, anxious, all
those things. I think it helped me a little bit just
having been out there before. And I think going
into tomorrow it's going to be a tough situation for
us, because obviously it's going to be 2-1 or 3-0,
and it's going to be pretty much a must-win for us.
I think that I did a good enough job last
game to be confident going into this start, and I
think all the guys believe in me and everyone
believes in Rich. I think that we still feel confident
that we can get something done here.
I'm personally really excited to go out
there. I think it's going to be fun. They haven't had
postseason baseball here in a while, so I think it's
going to be electric here.
I'm going to try to have fun as much as I
can. I know it's going to be tough, especially in the
beginning, but I'm going to go out there and try to
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