JIM EDMONDS: No comment.
What would you tell him?
JIM EDMONDS: I mean, I think it's a great
experience. I think it's made all the difference in
my game as far as teaching me how to play the
game the right way and growing up a lot, respect
the game. I learned a lot of things when I was in
Anaheim but I think I was too young at the time to
So it's just kind of been the right time for
me, the right place, right time for me. But I think
he's a genuine person as far as he really stays
consistent with his approach to the game. And
most of you all know, you guys say it's intensity,
but I think it's consistency. He's just concentrating
on what he does every day and he stays in that
same mood every day. His most important thing is
to help us get to a situation where we can win.
So what you see is what you get, basically.
He doesn't like all the hoopla and all that stuff
going on, he just wants to concentrate on his job
so the rest of us can be free to do what we do
This is for both of you guys, if you
could. If the Cardinals win the World Series, do
you think it would change the perception at all
of the National League compared to the
JIM EDMONDS: I'll be brief. That's not
my -- I don't care what anybody thinks about
anything. I'm just happy to be here as far as
playing in the World Series. It's a great experience
for anybody. That's what you guys do. You guys
compare and critique and do stuff like that. That's
what you guys make of it is how it will be
perceived. We're just trying to get a spot in history.
CHRIS DUNCAN: I agree with Jim on
that. It's something that we really don't think about.
We're just trying to stay focused on our main goal,
and we're not really thinking about what league is
better. That's something that you guys can talk
about, for sure.
Jim, we're a couple of hours before
the first pitch. You've been playing many
years, you're very close to achieving, I guess,
the ultimate goal for you. Can you just talk
about your mood right now? I know you're
always an even-keeled person, but are you
excited right now, do you feel something inside
JIM EDMONDS: I'm trying not to think
about it, to tell you the truth. I think about all the
teams that have lost 3-1 leads. I think about the
Yankees getting beat four in a row when they were
up three games. I've been thinking about that a
lot, so that's pretty much kept me from trying to get
I have a lot of family and friends and
phone calls and I'm trying to ignore everybody right
now. A lot of the guys that cover our team all year
long ask those questions, about how you're in a
hitting streak and how things are going great, and I
always tell them we'll talk about at the end of the
year. I'm going to keep saying it, we'll talk about
this when it's all over with. I'm trying to do the best
I can to focus in on playing the game than worry
about all the other things that have gone wrong for
teams in the past.
Chris, we asked your dad a lot about
you, I'd like to ask you about your dad. If you
could put into perspective for us or just kind of
discuss for us what kind of preparation he
does, and how consumed he is by trying to find
an edge any way possible, either for the
pitchers or even for you or for the defense, just
everything he does.
CHRIS DUNCAN: He works really hard.
And he puts a lot of time into preparation and
developing a game plan to attack the opposing
team. He takes a lot of pride in it. He's definitely
one of the hardest working coaches in baseball. I
know that because as his son, I've seen him ever
since I was a kid and I see all the work he puts into
it. We know when our pitchers go out there that
they're ready to pitch and they're prepared and
they're going to have a solid game plan. If they
execute, we're going to have a chance to win.
You've been with Tony, as you were
saying, for a long time, with all the injuries you
guys have had this year and the losing streaks
during the season, to get to this point how
important has Tony been, and in some ways
has it been his best managing job you've seen?
JIM EDMONDS: I think it's the toughest
managing job, obviously. We have a lot of different
personalities this year. We've got a few guys from
other teams, we've gotten a lot of help from our
Minor League system. I think it's been tough on
him. I don't know if it's his best, but it's definitely
been his toughest, I think. There's so many
different personalities this year, and the team has
drastically changed over the last couple of years. I
think managing a bunch of different guys he's not
used to has been tougher for him.
He's always been the same. I don't think
there's been a year where I said, wow, Tony did a
great job this year or he didn't do a great job this
year. I think he does the same thing every year.
And I think when you have a core group of guys,
that just kind of carries over to each new player
that comes in and they just go out there and just
do what's been taught. And I think, like I said, it's
so even-keeled it's hard to rate each year from
year to year.
I want to ask about your health: Is
this the best you've felt in several months?
Are you still getting that injection, and what's it
like to run around with a foot that's numb?
JIM EDMONDS: It's been a pretty weird
experience. Yeah, I'm still getting injections every
game. I feel good, other than that. Just getting to
the point where the end of the year is coming and
your body is -- we've had a couple of days off and I
think when you have a couple of days off at this
time of the year your body is thinking maybe we're
at home and maybe I'm supposed to shut down.
You have to keep telling yourself a couple more
games, a couple more games.
As far as the foot is concerned, it's just
something that we pretty much perfected as far as
for me, being able to really localize the area and
they put an injection right into the joint and just
keeping that area numb for just long enough to get
through the game. We've had a couple of rough
ones where it's worn off too early. I had one where
my whole foot stayed numb for about 13 hours. It's
taken me a couple of trials, but we've gotten it
down pretty good.
Chris, how familiar were you with
the landscape here? Before you became a
professional and how much did you and Shelly
hang around in the clubhouse when you were
growing up and if so, who were some of the
players that kind of took an interest in you and
teased you and you had kind of a banter with at
CHRIS DUNCAN: We tried to spend as
much time out here as we could. But we definitely
had stuff going on back home with summer
baseball. But I was pretty familiar with St. Louis
before I came here to play. A lot of the guys that
helped us out were mostly pitchers, just because
my dad was the pitching coach and we kind of run
around with them and they took care of us.
But definitely spent as much time as I
could out here and would take BP in the old Busch
Stadium and shag around and stuff like that.
Jim, with all the adversity of all the
injuries this team has had during the regular
season, how does it feel knowing that you're
only a game away from winning a
JIM EDMONDS: Feels pretty plain right
now. I'm trying to keep it on that even keel. I
mean, I love the postseason. I think it's a blast. I
think playing in the postseason and to lose is
better than ever getting a chance to not play in it at
all, because it's just such a special time. Right
now we've had two good series, and like you said
we're one win away. I'm not going to allow myself
to get in that frame of mind. I'm too concerned
with all the history. So like I said, we'll talk about it
tomorrow or whenever the series is over.
Jim, you look at the team the way
they played in September, struggled a little bit
because you were out and David Eckstein was
out. David only played eight games and you
were reduced in at-bats. You guys started
every game in the postseason. Is this the team
we would have seen all season if you had been
JIM EDMONDS: I like to think our opening
day roster was a pretty good team. But our
opening roster only played about five games total
together. Who knew that this was going to
happen? We obviously didn't know. It didn't look
so good at certain points in the season. So we
have a talented group, I think, as far as athletic
ability goes, where a lot of guys can do a lot of
different things. We've got good base runners,
we've got good defense and we've got some guys
that have some guts. We've got some guys that
can hit, some guys that just battle. And we've got
some pitchers that just go out and do their job.
Chris points out that Dave does a great job of
putting a game plan together and they execute it.
They give us a chance to win.
I don't think we ever saw this coming, but
when you put a group of guys like we have
together and they go out and battle, anything can
happen. We just kind of proved that right now.
Conditions are the same for both
teams and it's been wet and cold, with what
happened to Granderson last night, is that
something that could happen on any given play
in the outfield? How dicey is it in the outfield?
JIM EDMONDS: I think you guys have
seen that all year long with the troubles that Scott
has had at third. Guys have been slipping in the
outfield all year long, and some balls have been
taking some bad hops on infielders and outfielders.
But I think we've had a lot of problems with
the new field. The infielders and outfielders, our
third basemen, both Scotts have gotten hit in the
chest and face. I've seen Eckstein take balls off
the face. With the turf and it not really sticking well
this year, it's been tough. So hopefully it doesn't
happen too many more times on a big stage like
this, but it's been a tough field to play on at times.
So it's not necessarily the wetness?
JIM EDMONDS: That adds to it, but for
some reason it stayed wet in the outfield all year
long. He's slipped a couple of times. So it's been
-- the new surface has been really tough to adapt
to, the grass is having a tough time taking to the
sand underneath. The wet conditions have added
to it, but it's been pretty slippery most of the year.
It's a tough spot to be in, I'm glad it didn't happen
to me last night.
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