JEFF WEAVER: Well, I think a lot of that
has to do with just, you know, what you have done
prior. I think that he knew that I was out there and
making some quality pitches. You know, I think it's
just huge just to get one more inning, especially in
the sixth, that's pretty much the bridge inning to get
to the role guys in the bullpen, to make things
happen and allow them to be comfortable and
come in situations that they are used to.
So, you know, just to get through that
inning, especially after we had scored to put a zero
up was I think what a lot of us were looking for to
keep the momentum on our side.
So La Russa has been great ever since
I've been here as far as staying confident with me
and letting me work through things. I'm just happy
and fortunate to be in this situation right now.
Chris, big at-bat for you, obviously.
Take us through kind of your thought process
during the pinch-hit.
CHRIS DUNCAN: Well, close game like
that, I just want to make sure I took a good at-bat.
Just try to find a way to get on base. You know,
once I got on the 3-2, I knew in a close ballgame
like that, he couldn't walk me so I wanted to make
sure I was going to be aggressive in that count and
he happened to leave a breaking ball up.
Jeff what does it mean to you to put
your team up in this series, 3-2?
JEFF WEAVER: Well, I mean, Game 5,
especially when it's a tied series, is a very pivotal
game. Especially being here at home, you want to
leave on your way to New York feeling good about
You know, it was just a great feeling,
especially you know after I had given up the two
runs to see the team come back and battle and get
two runs to tie it back up. I think it shows the
character of this team, and if we could pull this
game out and have a 3-2 lead going to New York
with Carpenter on the hill, couldn't ask for a better
There were several instances during
the course of the regular season, especially
when you were hot, where you got pinch-hit
for, what is it like for you to be in these clutch
situations against left-handers?
CHRIS DUNCAN: I was just trying to get
ready to go whenever he was going to use me.
We have a lot of left-handed bats on the bench
tonight, and Spiezio has been swinging the bat
really well with guys in scoring position, and J-Rod
has been taking good at-bats. I had a feeling my
pinch-hit might come earlier in the game and just
happened to be off a left-hander, and I just wanted
to put together a good at-bat.
You came to St. Louis -- when you
came to St. Louis, you were doing poorly with
the other team. Why or how did you come
back? Duncan helped you, but you yourself had
to do -- did you feel you had it in you? You were
down when you came to St. Louis.
MODERATOR: I assume that question is
JEFF WEAVER: Just the fact of being
around for a while, there's going to be tough times,
and it was unfortunate that things went poorly in
Anaheim. But when I came here, I had a fresh
start back in the National League where I had done
a good job the prior couple of years. Just brought
back that confidence where I continued to believe
in myself and work and just continued to believe in
myself that eventually things would turn around.
You know, more than anything, my thought
process was things happen for a reason. When I
came to St. Louis knowing that they had a chance
to win, get to the post-season, I was just
concentrating on winning the ballgames in the
post-season, and you know, just erasing anything
that happened bad during the season.
So the wins that I get during the
post-season, I don't even remember the first half of
the season. You know, I just put all that behind
me, and wanted to help this team win. Like I said,
just very fortunate to be in this situation to turn
You hate to get ahead of yourself,
but has it crossed your mind or have you
thought about the possibility of facing the
JEFF WEAVER: Well, I'll let you know
after winning one more ballgame. (Laughter.)
But it would be an interesting situation. I'm
very happy for those guys over there. There's a
couple of guys that I played with that have been
through tough times. We win one more ballgame,
and it will be a good situation to get back there.
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