JEFF SUPPAN: You know, anytime you're
pitching, I mean, obviously we got some runs early.
But I'm trying to keep my same approach
regardless if we had zero runs or five runs.
But what I think what was working was
location, what you said. I was able to make, you
know, hit spots and when I missed, I didn't miss
down the middle. You know, that's key.
When you look at this game, I mean,
you've been in the game now for ten, 12 years,
is this the single best game that you've ever
pitched when you match them all up?
JEFF SUPPAN: I can't really evaluate it
right now. It's one game, and I'm glad we won
today. Now let's get ready for tomorrow.
That would be a question that I would have
to wait to really answer that.
Do you own Steve Trachsel at the
JEFF SUPPAN: Certainly not. (Laughter.)
I don't know, I swung, it ran into my bat, I
don't know why that is. I try to make sure I get my
bunts down and put a tough at-bat on another
pitcher, but I would never say that about another
Just a couple of quick questions.
The only other Major League home run you've
ever hit was him, right?
JEFF SUPPAN: That's true.
Did you give him a look or smile or
wink when you came up to the plate?
JEFF SUPPAN: No. That's ridiculous. I
actually heard somebody say that and I said no.
That's just me twitching out there. (Laughter.)
Also you're going to be a free agent
this year, did you think this was an opportunity
time to showcase your skills?
JEFF SUPPAN: No, I did not. I mean, I
guess that's a fair question, but my approach has
always been the same. Regardless of what else,
what is out there, you know, I think any player is
really focusing on helping his team win and I
certainly try to do that every day. You know,
tonight I was happy to contribute to a win.
You talked about how now at this
point in your career, you don't pitch to the
score. Is that something that maybe early on in
a pitcher's career, it can affect you, five runs,
where you see a lot of times guys will give two
or three back because they ease up? Ten
years in is this one of the lessons that you do
learn early on in your career?
JEFF SUPPAN: I think so. I think one of
those lessons is you can never let up. There's no
chance when you're out there pitching against a
Major League team, any team, especially a team
like the New York Mets, you never let up.
So I just try to, you know, keep my focus. I
had some longer innings and really just go out
there and try to keep the momentum on our side.
Is it strange in the sense that
sometimes it's easier pitching a 1-0 game as
opposed to a 5-0, 6-1 game?
JEFF SUPPAN: I would say that would
probably be true. I would say sometimes you're
out there quicker, shorter innings. But, you know, I
mean, what I've learned is the more I know, the
less I know when I go out. So many things can
happen. What I try to do is just keep my attention,
my focus, my concentration on what pitch I'm going
to throw and where I'm going to throw it.
Can you compare this to Game 7 of
the 2004 NLCS? Do you feel like you were a
little bit better tonight and any similarities?
JEFF SUPPAN: I think that's a tough
question to answer. I don't really, in the moment,
like I said before, you know, trying to contribute to
a team win. I don't really try to compare. I just try
to be in the present situation that I'm in and focus
I mean, it's something to look back on my
career, I would probably have a better answer for
you. But as of right now, I don't really have an
answer to that.
Which of the defensive plays was
the best in your mind?
JEFF SUPPAN: I can't answer that
question. I thought they were all great. (Smiling).
There's so many times in a game, there's a
lot of crucial plays. Fortunately tonight we made
them. I really cannot answer that question. I
thought they were all fantastic. Sorry.
You put your head down pretty
quick on the swing, on the home run, did you
think it had a shot to go out?
JEFF SUPPAN: I did not. I thought it was
going to catch on the track, so I put my head down
and I ran. I kind of was looking for someone to let
me know if it was a home run. I still wasn't sure
when I got to second. But, you know, in those
situations, you see so many times, you hit a ball
and it's caught on the track. So I really didn't think
I hit it out. I was hoping it went out.
What was the funniest comment you
got in the dugout after you hit the home run?
JEFF SUPPAN: What was the funniest
comment? I don't really remember to be honest
with you. I don't.
You know, in those situations, I'm just
trying to run around the bases as fast as I can and
try to catch my breath when I get to the plate. I've
only done it twice. I just, you know, I didn't really
hear any comments really. Sorry.
How did you feel when the crowd
was pleading with you to come out of the
dugout and acknowledge your home run?
JEFF SUPPAN: You know what, I didn't
really hear them. I wasn't aware of that. I guess
that's a good thing. I guess my focus was on my
pitching performance, on where it should be, you
know, especially going up against a Mets lineup
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