DAVID ECKSTEIN: I was hoping it was
going to find a little bit of dirt, grass out there. But
the ball was kind of straightening out, and it kept
going and it just reminded me, I played with a guy
name Darin Erstad that made a catch like that at
Yankee Stadium. It just barely got out of the reach
of his own glove, hit off the tip.
But the key to that I think was Aaron Miles,
who beat out that double-play ball. And that's one
of the things that kept the inning going.
You came out you almost hit a home
run your first at-bat the other night, you wound
up getting a single on a hit to third base. Did
you feel a little bit like, hey, wait, this could be
my night, coming out the way you did?
DAVID ECKSTEIN: I felt a lot better at
the plate. Over the past couple of days, I said it
after Game 2, I felt a lot more comfortable, a lot
more patient, and I just needed to find some holes.
And tonight, I don't know if it was the prettiest
ones, the swinging bunt, and then Curtis slipping in
center, and then the one just barely finding grass.
It's nice to actually have a little luck involved.
This is for both guys: The starting
pitching throughout the season was something
that was up and down, how important has that
been to this team playing well here over this
past three series?
DAVID ECKSTEIN: It's been a big key.
Pitching is everything in this game, especially in
the postseason. And for them to do what they
have done, that's given us a chance to go out there
and win games. Supp went out there tonight and
battled, but kept it to three runs, and that's huge for
If you go out there and you give up extra
runs here and there and you have a losing battle.
But they never give up, they keep going and they
do a great job. And then we have been fortunate
enough to turn it over to our bullpen, who have
been fantastic, and that's been the key to our
success this postseason.
ADAM WAINWRIGHT: I agree with him.
Our starting pitching has been fantastic, and when
they pitch great, it makes it a lot easier on the
bullpen; when they're going deeper in the game,
the bullpen is way more effective. It takes a load
off -- they keep us in the game, our offense.
David, you always hear that the
fourth game is the most difficult to win, what
do you think the mindset would be in the
ballclub as you arrive at the park tomorrow?
DAVID ECKSTEIN: We're going to try to
keep the same mindset and be as focused as
possible. We're going to step up and get our game
plan against Verlander and be ready to go.
We can't change anything. We've got to
keep everything in order. We know this Tiger club,
they're a tough club, and especially when they're
facing the deficit they are, they're going to be
coming out and fighting as hard as possible. And
we need to match their intensity and match their
focus so it will be a battle out there once again like
David, Craig Monroe had a lot of
complimentary things to say about you, but he
also said he was playing in, because he didn't
expect you to drive a ball like that. Do you get
a kick out of showing guys you can hit balls
DAVID ECKSTEIN: As long as they land.
It's funny, I played against Craig coming
up through the Minor Leagues, so I've known him.
He's a great ballplayer. He's had some little
struggles getting to the Big Leagues, like we both
did. And it's fun to see the success he's had,
especially in this Tiger organization. He's come
through huge. It's kind of funny, he probably
knows me a little better than some of the other
guys out there.
Yeah, I do hit a lot of balls that are short,
but I was fortunate enough tonight this one got just
out of his reach.
I wanted to follow it up, were you
surprised that they were so shallow or was part
of it maybe a factor of the wet grass and the
runner at second base?
DAVID ECKSTEIN: I think that's a huge
factor. The grass in the outfield was very slippery
and pretty much any hit that wasn't right at you
would probably have scored Aaron out there. By
coming in a little bit you cut down the angles and
definitely I'm not known, especially in that
left-center field gap, that's not where usually I hit
the ball. So I think they were definitely playing
percentages, and that's where I probably would
have been playing, myself.
David, your manager Tony La Russa
said you had a big heart. It reminded me of the
story of Leo Durocher, that talked about a guy
named Eddie Stanky, that's where we heard the
shot heard around the world in '51. He said, "If
I had nine guys like that, I'd win the World
DAVID ECKSTEIN: That's a nice
How did you feel after that double
and the run came in?
ADAM WAINWRIGHT: Obviously it was
disappointing that he scored there. Coming into
the game right there, trying to get a strike out, or
out, however I can get an out without him scoring,
and probably didn't throw the right pitch there. But
I held him to one and that was the big key there.
Once they did score the run, keep him right where
they were standing and not get any further.
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