KENNY ROGERS: It was a big clump of
dirt, and I wiped it off. I didn't know it was there
and they told me and I took it off, and it wasn't a
Did somebody complain?
KENNY ROGERS: No, I just saw it. I
didn't know it was there until after the inning, I took
it off and it was good.
The umpires didn't mention it at all
KENNY ROGERS: No.
Not to beat a dead horse here, but
you say a clump of dirt. How can you have a
clump of dirt on your hand?
KENNY ROGERS: It's dirt and resin and
all that stuff put together. When it's moist you're
going to rub up the baseball and it was left on my
hand when I rubbed them up.
According to Jim, the opposing
team complained that your ball was doing
strange things. If they did make that complaint,
do you think you're getting into their heads and
is this to your psychological advantage?
KENNY ROGERS: I don't know if I have
too many advantages out there. I really didn't feel
like I was that good locating tonight, threw some
sinkers that would cut, some that would sink, and
got away with a couple here and there. I didn't
think I had that great of a sinker at all. Hopefully I
can have a better one next time.
St. Louis is too good a team to get in
anyone's head. They know what I do and what I
try to do. If I made any mistakes today, I probably
got away with them, with Albert. I don't even know
where that pitch was, but lucky I was here in
Detroit. But he hit it pretty hard and just got over
the top of it or I'd have been in trouble there. You
can't make mistakes with these guys. I was trying
my best to make every pitch as good as I could
down in the zone, in or out. And I don't feel like I
was a sharp at locating, but I got away with it.
Can you explain at all what the
difference is between you now as this
dominant postseason pitcher, as opposed to
the previous pitcher who really didn't even get
into the fifth inning in all your previous
postseason starts. Jimmy said it's an
adrenaline rush from the Yankee game. Is it
more than that or what?
KENNY ROGERS: With any athlete I
think the longer you fail at something, the harder it
is to turn that corner. Without a doubt I believe
going out there and having success against that
Yankee team was huge for me, huge for my
confidence. But I think for my team, also. But it's
just, as an athlete, it gives you a release to where
you know you can refocus your energy, and not
worry about all the other stuff of letting it -- if it
continues. Sometimes it's your own mind that gets
in the way, and I think mine got in the way early on.
But right now I'm trying not to think too
much and just go out and compete. As athletes
that's much more beneficial for us a lot of the time.
Over the things that happened to
you over the last 17 months of your life, did
you ever imagine you'd be here doing this
KENNY ROGERS: Another question.
How does this postseason
performance as a whole, how do you think that
is going to change the perception of your entire
KENNY ROGERS: I don't know, I think
for me I'm just glad I hung in there and persevered
just so I could be here at this point in time, not that
I expected this by any means. I know what I'm
capable of and dominating teams is not one of
them very often. Probably got lucky in a lot of
ways. I think just for me more than anything else
it's a goal you have. When you're unsuccessful at
something at any point in your career, you want to
take that away, and my goal, why I hung around so
long is I knew there were things I still wanted to
accomplish. And by no means was a playoff game
probably not one of the bigger ones. It benefitted
me some ways, made me hang around longer at
this age, but it just makes it that much more
Your manager said that you washed
your hands between innings.
KENNY ROGERS: No, I wiped them off.
I just went and wiped it off.
He made it sound like you were told
to do that.
KENNY ROGERS: No, I saw it and I went
and wiped it off and then it was gone. I didn't think
it was an issue. But if it distracts someone -- I'd do
anything to distract anybody, but I think after the
first inning I was fine. I don't think anybody had a
problem with anything. I felt like I was pretty
comfortable after that.
Can you explain how fun this
postseason has been for you, 23 scoreless
KENNY ROGERS: Got another one?
I'm curious, you seem to be taking
this in stride. Are you enjoying the success
you've had in this postseason?
KENNY ROGERS: Without a doubt. I
think any player, any athlete, especially one like
myself, as old as I am or whatever, it's very
satisfying, mainly because it's needed. Our team
needed to win today, and I know it was huge. But
part of it is I'm trying to enjoy myself out there and
not take in all the other distractions of things that
will make you fail. If you worry about failure, it's
coming. And sometimes you get caught up in that
as an athlete. I'm focusing on every pitch, every
hitter, I'm not looking past an out or an inning. If I
only last three or four innings, if I'm going after it
like I am, so be it. I'm just not looking beyond that
moment. And I think that's helping me a lot to
focus and stay committed to my pitches and trying
to do the best that I can out there.
Twenty-three consecutive scoreless innings in
this postseason, the record is 27 by Christy
Mathewson in the World Series, are you aware
of that and what do you think about that?
KENNY ROGERS: I'm no Christy
Mathewson, that's for sure, but I've had scoreless
streaks before. I'm so glad it's happening now for
us as a team, it helps us win. But I will never put
myself in the category of someone like that or even
I know I'm just trying to be a good pitcher
and make as many good pitches as I can. My
guys played great defense today. It was a tough
game with the ball coming up a little wet, Grandy
going out there and saving some probably sure
doubles in the first couple of innings. It's not just
one player. I pitched all right and pretty good, but
my whole team has been fantastic for me this year,
and that's why I'm having success. But it's not just
from me, it's from all of us together. This is the
way we play the game. We understand that it
takes all of us. When we lose it's not one guy's
fault, and when we win it's all of us.
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