SEAN CASEY: Well, I think, you know, I
think the big thing you have to remember is that
both teams are playing in it. I think that's the
focus. When it's cold out there, sometimes as a
hitter, it can affect you a little bit. But I think for the
most part, since both teams have to play in it, your
adrenaline gets going out there, and I don't think
it's that big a factor.
I know you missed the last three
games the last series.
SEAN CASEY: Yeah.
What's it like mentally to go a week
SEAN CASEY: You know, you don't
normally get that during the season. Obviously the
All-Star break is probably the most you get with the
three games. For us it was just trying to have good
practices, we saw a few live -- a few of our pitchers
threw to us and try to get some game arms. You
can't simulate the game. So it's definitely a long
But I don't think it's any excuse or anything
like that. I think we just didn't play well last night
and we'll be ready to go tonight.
What did you do during the time
when your team was on the field, anything
different? Did you feel like you thought you
were going to feel after the game last night?
SEAN CASEY: Yeah, I felt fine after the
game. I felt healthy and good. In between innings
I just try to stay loose and keep myself going.
I know the fans have been great all
year. There's clearly something special
between them and Kenny in the postseason.
How much do you guys as teammates feed off
that and particularly considering last night it
was dead in here?
SEAN CASEY: We've been feeding off
Kenny all season, especially the postseason with
the starts he's had. We've relied on him and
leaned on him at times, and hopefully tonight is
another one of those times he gives a great outing
and we can put the runs on the board for him.
Jim Leyland said part of what could
have happened with the offense is when you
get behind is you tend to want to start swinging
and hit home runs. This is a free-swinging
team, do you have to tell yourself to step back
and be more patient?
SEAN CASEY: That's our personality.
Being in the World Series and being that team,
that's our identity. We're going to keep trying to
make things happen. I think that's what our
How much last night was the hitters'
approach and how much was Anthony Reyes
having a good night?
SEAN CASEY: It was a little bit of both.
We had some things going there in the first that he
was able to get out of it and he settled in a little bit.
That was the thing. And we never just really got
things going. We never got guys on base after
that, and he kind of just shut us down. So a little
bit of both.
we weren't able to do damage on and he also
pitched really well. That combination pretty much
shut us down.
Are you surprised how calm and
poised a lot of these rookies are here in the
World Series, especially the two pitchers last
SEAN CASEY: Yeah, no doubt. I think it's
obviously the biggest stage as far as our
profession goes, and they really did a great job.
And a lot of the young guys have looked at it as
another game and tried to keep their emotions in
check. And I think they're doing what they've been
doing all year.
In late June or early July did you
ever dream you'd be in the World Series?
SEAN CASEY: I was in Pittsburgh, and I
was joking around saying that when I got that
phone call and I was traded to Detroit, I gained 70
games in one phone call.
So, no, back then I never would have
dreamed I'd be here, so it's pretty awesome.
Just to follow up on that, you've
played in different cities, how is Detroit
different than any place you've ever played?
SEAN CASEY: Well, I've played in
Cincinnati eight years, and going to Pittsburgh, I
was going back home. And being able to come
here, I think it's been just a magical season here in
Detroit. Everything has been so magical with the
team and the city. I think to really be a part of that,
I think that's been the difference. It's my first time
going to postseason and being a part of this club
and Jim Leyland and everybody, I think that's been
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