SCOTT ROLEN: I felt comfortable all
series, actually. Mentally I had a few distractions
in the series, and it was a tough series for me. It
was good for me to kind of turn the page tonight to
a new series, a new competition. I felt like I had a
little fight in me tonight. And maybe that was
lacking a little bit in the first couple of games in the
NLCS. But I felt fine physically and mechanically; I
felt good during the entire NLCS.
Scott, can you describe that play
coming around third, the Cardinal fans holding
their breaths, because of your shoulder
situation. What happened there and what sort
of shape are you in? And Albert, is there
anything better on your menu in your
restaurant than the chicken and rice?
ALBERT PUJOLS: Good question. Do
you want to go? What, have you ordered anything
ALBERT PUJOLS: Did you like it?
ALBERT PUJOLS: I like everything in
there. I go in every time I can. I think the people in
the St. Louis area enjoy going in there and enjoy
SCOTT ROLEN: The play in the third
(laughter), we were going on contact at the time.
Jimmy was at third base. So ground ball, he's
going to go. I'm going to third base right then. I
saw him throw the ball wide left, and I'm looking to
see if the ball is going to bounce back off the
screen. And I looked back up and I was in
mid-stride and he was right in front of me. I just
kind of went over the top of him.
I'm fine. Physically I'm fine. It didn't hurt. I
hit my head a little bit, I think, but I don't remember.
But I'm physically fine. And it ended up scoring
two runs on the play, it was good.
Can you talk about Reyes'
performance tonight, and not just that he got
you so deep in the game, but there were times
when he was so dominant, 17 straight he
SCOTT ROLEN: He was unbelievable.
The presence he had out on the mound and the
confidence that he was throwing the ball with, I
think, is what everybody was most impressed with.
He seemed to attack the hitters tonight. He went
after everybody. He threw the ball great. He never
wavered at all. Everybody had a lot of confidence
in him. That's a lot of expectations to throw out
there on Game 1.
First of all, Scott, going into the
World Series you had an 0 for, and Albert, no
RBIs, did either one of you give any thought to
that before today's game? Was it kind of a
relief when you hit today's home runs?
SCOTT ROLEN: We're human beings, I
know I didn't get a hit in the last World Series. No
excuses, for whatever reason, it doesn't matter.
But I also don't want to be shallow to the point to
think that last postseason or last World Series has
anything to do with what's happening tonight. It's a
completely different series. And if you can
concentrate and grind from at-bat to at-bat, there
are no numbers, there are no stats, there is
nothing that makes any difference when you're out
ALBERT PUJOLS: Like Scott said, I don't
think you can change anything that happened two
years ago. That was then, this is now. What can
you do to help out your team to win? I'm here to
try to do my best. I don't want to put any pressure
on myself, I have a lot of guys, they can help the
team a lot of different ways. Every time I come to
the ballpark I just try to think about what I'm going
to do to help my team to win, with the defense or
with my offense, and don't think about what's out
there on the board. I don't care if -- we got the win
today and that's what's big.
Could you talk a little bit about
Reyes and what you saw from him tonight?
ALBERT PUJOLS: I just think he did his
job. That was probably the best game of his life
going out there, the crowd being loud and getting
out through that first inning, and only giving up one
run, that was big. But we talked in the meeting
today, our job was to score runs as early as we
could, and take the pressure off of him and that's
what we did. He was aggressive throwing his
fastball. I didn't see anything -- any pitch that he
shook off Yadi, everything he put down he was
going with. Both of those guys did a great job.
Both of you said there was no
connection to the World Series two years ago.
Before the game your manager did talk about
how he tried to prepare you better after a tough
seven-game series than two years ago. Was
the preparation as a team in kind of forgetting
or moving past the seven-game LCS different
than it was -- different this year than it was
ALBERT PUJOLS: Well, I don't remember
anything that he said to us to prepare ourself. We
know that we need to prepare ourself, to go out
there and perform. So I don't think that -- he might
say a couple of things to us, but that's private.
What's said in the locker room stays in the locker
room. I didn't hear anything he said.
But we had to get ourself ready. That was
two years ago, this is this year, and we got one
win, and we need to keep going and concentrate
about tomorrow's game.
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