ANTHONY REYES: The socks, I've had
up since Little League, so I don't feel there's any
reason to change now. But the hat helps me see a
little bit, gets more light in, helps me see signs.
So I usually just try to keep it flat so I can
get those signs a little better.
You were drafted in 2002 by Detroit,
how close were you or were you ever close to
signing with the Tigers?
ANTHONY REYES: You know, I came off
an injury in college when they drafted me, so I just
figured, take the summer off and just heal up and
try to go back to my last year of college.
What was the difference between
the first inning and the second inning as far as
you were concerned? It seemed you got
settled in then.
ANTHONY REYES: I just tried to focus on
the glove after all that happened and just forget
about what type of level game this is, and just
focus on the glove and whatever signs are put
down, just try to hit them in the best I could, and
not worry about anything else.
It looked after the first inning that
you pretty much went with the fastball, and at
times, did it feel easy out there tonight? You
were in such command, I think you had 17 in a
row at one point.
ANTHONY REYES: It's definitely not
easy. But I tried to hit my corners, and I thought
they might have been on the change-up maybe
waiting for it, so I just felt there was no reason to
Are you able to appreciate what's
going on while it's happening, while it's
ANTHONY REYES: Not really. Now I
can sit back and kind of relax and appreciate what
I just did, during the time it's tough.
Were you nervous at all today? How
were you feeling, and how did you spend the
time right before the game?
ANTHONY REYES: I was a little nervous,
not too much. I just came into the game, everyone
told me stay focused, one pitch at a time. And I
tried to focus on the mitt and not let anything else
Will you try to put this in
perspective as far as your year was
concerned? I'm sure you anticipated being
with the big club all season, kind of going up
and down. Can you describe what that process
has been like?
ANTHONY REYES: It's tough. I've never
had anything come really easy for me. I didn't
expect this year to be that easy, as well. Just
going up and down it's tough, but I'm a day-to-day
guy, and wherever I have to pitch is where I had to
They said stay ready for the postseason,
because you never know what happens, and I did
and it worked out pretty nice for me.
When did you know that you were in
a groove in this game? When did you feel that
you had command of everything?
ANTHONY REYES: Warming up in the
pen I was hitting my spots and I was throwing
everything over the plate. It's always tough trying
to come into the game and do the same thing, but I
just focused on the mitt. And the first couple of
pitches I threw out I knew I was going to hit the
corners a little bit, I wasn't going to throw
everything down the middle. Right off the bat I
knew it was going to be a good day.
Can you describe how you keep
your hat flat?
ANTHONY REYES: You know, it comes
out of the box flat, I just don't bend it.
Do you do anything else to it?
ANTHONY REYES: No.
After the first inning was it almost
entire fastballs, did you throw much of
ANTHONY REYES: It just seemed like
they were trying to sit on some other pitches, and I
didn't feel like that was necessary to throw any
other kind of pitch. Maybe just give a different
look. But try to hit those corners.
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