Was it a surprise to you when you
came in the game? It seemed like they stopped
the game a little bit to get you out in left field.
Did you know that you were going into the
Tony told me next batter,
I'm supposed to be pinch-hitter. I was behind the
dugout. Tony said, "So, go left." So, I was
I just said, "Right now?"
He said yes.
You're not a home run hitter, at least
your record isn't that you're a home run hitter,
and yet you have two home runs in the
postseason so far.
SO TAGUCHI: Yes.
And you have only two at-bats. How
do you explain that?
SO TAGUCHI: I can't explain. (Laughter.)
Who expected that I would hit a home run?
Maybe nobody, even me.
Is this what happens when you get
in your late 30s, you get a power surge all of a
SO TAGUCHI: (Laughing) What can I
Can you discuss, was the at-bat, I
think it was a nine-pitch at-bat that you hit the
home run, can you describe the at-bat against
Wagner in the ninth.
SO TAGUCHI: Because maybe my stats
against Billy Wagner maybe 0 for something, I
never got on base, and always strike out, ground
ball, pop up.
So, I just stay on top of the ball and try to
get on base.
You said you don't think you had
any hits off Wagner?
SO TAGUCHI: No.
SO TAGUCHI: No. (Laughter.)
How difficult is it to come in that
situation, facing a guy like Billy Wagner who
throws as hard as he does?
SO TAGUCHI: (Scratching head. ) How
different? Too much different. (Laughter.)
It's very tough. I think he's one of the best
closers in the big leagues. So probably can't
What were you thinking when you
were rounding the bases? You just hit a home
run, first hit off Wagner, your hit off Wagner is
a home run, what was going through your mind
as you're rounding the bases?
SO TAGUCHI: I couldn't recognize what
happened. (Laughter.) I didn't know, what should
I do, so I just run.
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