JEREMY BONDERMAN: We've got to
play the game first. We'll see after tonight what
we've got to do. Either we'll be going to try and get
another win, give us three wins, or try and clinch.
One way or the other, I'll be ready to go. But I
don't look that far ahead.
It's been a number of years, but is
there any special feeling facing the Oakland A's
or any familiarity with them at all?
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I know a lot of
the guys, but it's too big of a series not to get
caught up in what happened in the past. We've
got to win every day to play again. It's my goal to
win a game for the Detroit Tigers and go to the
World Series hopefully.
Do you have any impressions of the
A's lineup after watching them closely the last
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I mean,
they're -- they've got a lot of power, a lot of
professional hitters. Just like the Yankees, I mean,
you can't back down. You've got to go out and
attack them and try and make them hit at your
pitch. They're a great team or they wouldn't be in
this situation. It'll be fun.
With your knowledge of those guys
as hitters and those hitters of you as a pitcher,
who has the edge there?
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I'd say it's 50/50.
It's going to be -- for me, I mean, you see guys
throughout your career and they see you and they
watch film. Everybody knows kind of what you do.
If you throw strikes and keep the ball down, you're
going to be successful most of the time.
I know you don't want to look at the
past, but just the situation you're in now, you
were in the Moneyball back and all that, and to
be facing the A's with all that history, can you
just talk a little bit about that?
JEREMY BONDERMAN: Yeah, I've faced
them I don't know how many times in my career
now. I mean, I've beat them before, they've beat
me, so I don't really have any hard feelings
anymore about it. I'm with the Tigers and I'm
happy to be here. I'm going to be ready to go.
For me to have a grudge against the team
now, you've got to put that aside anyways as it is.
This is a shot of a lifetime to go to the World
Series, and I want to do the best I can to give my
team the opportunity to go there.
Maybe you don't change your
approach, but can you sense that people look
at you differently because of what you did last
week, or no?
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I don't really
care. I mean, if I would have lost, I would have still
been the same person. I just happened to have a
great game and we won and we moved on.
You know, I don't feel like I need to change
or people look at me any different. I'm still going to
go out and compete and I'm going to leave it all on
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