SHAWN GREEN: Yeah, I think we just
take it the same way we take every game. Just go
out and obviously from Willie's perspective, he's
the one that has to manage like it's the last day,
but as players, you just have to play it like any
Obviously from the managing perspective,
every situation's crucial. You have to go with all
your arms and do everything you can to try to force
a Game 7.
I guess this is the flipside of the
question about the uncertainty about the
pitching, do you take a certain pride in the in
the fact that you guys have gotten this far in
just kind of a patchwork rotation?
SHAWN GREEN: Well, I mean, we still
have the same goal we've had the whole time,
that's to win the World Series, and right now we're
down 3-2. But this series has kind of gone back
and forth. The rotation obviously has had a lot of
injuries and guys have stepped forward and got us
to this point. We feel like we can find a way to win
these last two and get to the World Series. It's
obviously not going to be easy. The Cardinals are
playing well. They are pitching well and put some
runs on the board, so we've just got to play good
With a young guy like David Wright
struggling, what do you try to say to somebody
like that and try to just ease the pressure off
SHAWN GREEN: David's been great all
year. You know, his last at-bat, he hit a nice
double. He's fine. You know, it's easy to get
caught up in series when there's 15, 20 at-bats.
You know, one good game, all of a sudden he's
having a good series. Hopefully that game will be
He's one of the big reasons why this team
is in this position right now, playing to get to the
You've come to New York as a
visiting player, whether it's here or at Yankee
Stadium. Can a boisterous, loud crowd affect a
SHAWN GREEN: Oh, definitely. As a
visitor, it's a tough place to play. Especially in a
playoff atmosphere. The crowd I think is going to
be even more energetic and enthused tonight and
So we have to as players, we have to
provide them enough excitement to really get them
engaged in the game from the first pitch on.
What happens if, in fact, the crowd
gets, whether it's to an individual player or a
team as a whole, it actually affects their
SHAWN GREEN: I think everyone talks
about the momentum and I think the crowd, is, you
know, the momentum -- if you can put a number on
it, they multiply that momentum. If all of a sudden
we have a rally going and score a couple of runs,
the crowd can kind of take out the other team a
little bit in the sense of feeling a little more
pressure or feeling that the play is a bigger play
coming up. I think that's the way it can change.
At the same time, it helps us feel all of the
excitement behind us and hopefully we can ride
that momentum, as well.
When the series began and you
knew you were down two significant pitchers,
wasn't there a sort of feeling that the offense
really had to do a certain amount of picking up
their game, had to help out?
SHAWN GREEN: Yeah, I think any time
there's injuries, other guys are going to have to
pick it up. And when it's two starting pitchers, guys
are going to look to the ones that are -- the
pitchers that are filling in in the bullpen to lengthen
things out a little bit, and of course the offense
provide some more support just to make the job
easier for the guys that are replacing the injured
But the offense hasn't really been
doing the job.
SHAWN GREEN: Yeah, I mean, it's been
kind of spotty. There's been some good offensive
games and some bad ones. At this point we can't
afford to have any more bad ones. We need to put
some runs on the board. Especially in Game 6, it's
crucial to get some runs on there and try to set the
tone and steal back some of the momentum that
they stole from us yesterday.
Willie was talking earlier about Jose
and how you cannot necessarily just run wild,
whether it's on the bases or wherever in the
playoffs. Do players think about changing the
way you approach individual games in the
SHAWN GREEN: I think you have to
change a little bit. The teams are going after guys'
weaknesses, trying to prevent their strengths. So
when a guy like Reyes is on the bases, it's no
secret he's stolen 60 some odd bases in the
season so he's going to be a threat and they are
going to be extra careful.
A lot of times you'll see in the playoffs, I
think guys that maybe don't steal as many bases,
do things, all of a sudden sneaking them in there,
because the focus is on guys like Reyes and
maybe not on some other guys.
So is the focus from the regular
season coaching-wise is changing a little from
the postseason to take way strengths?
SHAWN GREEN: I think the big thing, too,
is you've got Molina being back there. So if you
have just an average-throwing catcher, then they
wouldn't really have much of a chance to get
Reyes anyway. But Molina is one of the best in
the game at throwing guys out. I think when you
add that with La Russa and the other side being
very aware of what Reyes's strengths are, that's
when things are going to change a little bit in the
When you were a visiting player at
Shea, what was it like, the noise, or the things
people said, flying missiles or fearing they
would come over the stands at you?
SHAWN GREEN: Sometimes you hear
things, as far as, you know, maybe some vulgar
comments here and there.
For the most part it's just the intensity of
the crowd. It's completely different than any other
park in the National League. You know, as a
player -- the Cardinals, they have a lot of veteran
players, so they have been around environments
like this as far as World Series and playoff games.
So I don't think it's going to be as dramatic as
maybe a team with less experience.
But the same time, they could definitely
shift the momentum should we start getting going
and help take the Cardinals out of the game.
That's the goal.
I know it's your job to not think
about things that didn't happen or things in the
past but you had a couple close calls in the
series. You almost caught Spiezio's ball, or
maybe if the ball you hit to centerfield was a
foot shorter, it's a whole different series, what
are your thoughts about those kind of
SHAWN GREEN: Yeah, it's something
that obviously you want things to go the right way.
For me, I'll think about those plays and I'm hoping
that when those things happen, I'll get another
opportunity to try to make a series-changing play
incident in the positive way and hopefully then I'll
get the opportunity and I'll do my best and
hopefully I'll be able to come through.
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