CRAIG MONROE: I think Kenny is now
the professor. To watch him change speeds, his
attitude and excessive nature takes him to the next
level. It's fun being in the outfield to see his
emotion and lay it all out on the line. That's what
we do as a team, we thrive off each other, and to
see Kenny go with the high emotion and really
excited about making plays and making pitches
makes you as an outfielder, as a position player,
you want to do the same thing.
Craig, this club has a remarkable
ability to bounce back from really
disappointing defeats and bounce back almost
immediately, where does that come from?
CRAIG MONROE: You know what, I've
got a great skipper. And the bottom line is every
day is a new day. You've got to be able to turn the
page, and that's what we do. I think our
atmosphere in the clubhouse, we trust those 24
guys, and their ability. We pick each other up.
Every day you feel you don't have to be the hero
today, just go out there and do what you're capable
of doing, and who knows, maybe you will be the
Craig, some of us spoke to you
yesterday and you said you felt as focused as
you have in a long time. Can you talk about
why that is? And also explain to us what
happened on the home run tonight.
CRAIG MONROE: You know what, it's
funny because you grow up and you mature. And
tonight being -- to not being in this situation before,
I'm shocked sometimes of myself. I'm relaxed and
having fun. I think that's the big thing. I'm not
getting caught up in all the things that are going on
around me and I'm staying focused on one thing
and that's trying to be a good player. I think the big
thing for me is trying to compete and do everything
that I possibly can to help this team win.
And the pitch that I got today was a
fastball. I knew Weaver was an aggressive
pitcher. He's got great stuff. I know he throws a
slider. I wanted to try to stay up the middle.
Fortunate for me I got a fastball down the middle in
and I took a good swing.
Craig, one of the other reporters just
asked Kenny if he was aware that the scoreless
inning streak in the postseason is 27 innings,
and belongs to Christy Mathewson. His
response was, "I'm no Christy Mathewson."
You're in the likes of Barry Bonds and Hank
Greenberg with the home runs, do you care to
take that one?
CRAIG MONROE: I'm going to have to
agree with Kenny. For us it's about this team. And
we've battled together and we have to go out and
continue what we're doing and that's try to be
successful. I'm not here to talk about me. This
team has done an outstanding job of sticking by
each other and persevering. Yeah, that's great,
but I'm focused on one thing and that's to help this
team win games?
Craig, when the team was slumping
in September you told us, I don't want to be on
a roller coaster with all its highs and lows.
You're on a couple of highs in the first two
games with the home runs. Where are you
getting this calm and this maturation you were
CRAIG MONROE: I think that comes with
preparation, to be honest with you. I've really
prepared. I've really focused. I know now during
the regular season I maybe let some at-bats get
away. But now I found a way to focus on every
pitch, mature, being in it, and when you do that --
I'm having fun. I'm excited. I'm having a good time
and this is what we play this game for is to be in
these moments and try to thrive. And it's fun for
me and for this team, I know, to be in this situation.
And it's something we all dreamed about, and to
be doing it and having a pretty good start definitely
For Carlos, first, and then for Craig,
considering how critical this game was and
considering the fact that last night you got a
little bit impatient at the plate, were swinging at
some pitches that you hadn't been through the
first two series, what was the approach and
what was discussed before tonight's game and
how did it change in going against Weaver and
the Cardinals tonight?
CARLOS GUILLEN: Yeah, we lose last
night, but we play, you know, hard nine innings last
night. The key, you know, we played tonight the
same way we've been playing the whole year, stay
focused, you go hit, play good defense, don't try
too much. I think that would be the key the whole
year. You have to stay focused, don't try to do too
much and enjoy this game.
CRAIG MONROE: I don't think we
changed anything today. For us we wanted to
come out and be aggressive. We feel like that's
got us to this point thus far, so why not continue to
go up there and be aggressive. But I think when
you trust your eyes, I think the guys are trusting
their eyes and you get to a point where you're
going, and we're an aggressive team. We've
swung the bats well all season long, and I don't
think we need to change that right now. I think we
need to continue to be aggressive.
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