How does this compare to your other
World Series championship?
It's the best feeling in
the game, having the opportunity to win back in
2002, when no one predicted us to win back then,
we got on an unbelievable roll. And coming here,
pretty much the same type of -- the way it worked
out, no one believed in our club, and we just
believed in ourself and we went out one day at a
We did not stay in the past and we weren't
looking towards the future. We stayed in the
moment. By doing that there's a lot of similarities
between the two clubs. And it's just been
unbelievable to be able to do it in both places.
David, you're well aware the
discussion about the disparity between the
American and the National League. Was that
coming into the series, was that a motivating
force for you guys, and what's your view on
DAVID ECKSTEIN: I definitely can't talk
for the rest of the club, but personally, without a
doubt, in this game you try to create a little bit of an
edge, so it gets you a little bit upset so you can go
out and play the game with a little bit more fire.
Definitely there's been a lot of things said,
especially the way we played interleague this year;
we didn't do a good job. We had something to
prove that we could compete with the best over the
American League. And being one out away from
the All-Star Game, being out there, definitely taking
that and ending up losing that. And then finally
getting a shot in the World Series to prove that,
hey, the National League is not that bad. And
going out there and getting the victory like we did, I
just hope that they know that -- both sides of
things. It's good baseball all around.
David, congratulations. Can you
talk about the cerebral things, what's going on
in your heart and mind right now? What does
this mean to you as a person?
DAVID ECKSTEIN: Unreal. When you
suit up in Spring Training, your main goal is to win
a world championship. That's all you play for.
I remember last year losing here and just
feeling so pretty much out of it because you
worked so hard to accomplish something. Now
being able to accomplish it, it's unreal. Just a
dream come true. And all the little things that you
do to get to this situation is well worth it to be able
to hold up the championship trophy and come next
year put on the ring.
Eck, you're the consummate
component part, team player. For you to rise
above that and be the MVP of the series, how
do you feel about that?
DAVID ECKSTEIN: It's a great honor, but
I feel like I was just trying to do what I usually do,
you know. I just got very fortunate. I found some
But this club is unbelievable. I think one of
the main contributors to this club was Yadi Molina.
Yadi did such a great job behind the plate
controlling the pitchers, calling the games. And
then coming up so big with his bat. I feel like he
definitely could be sitting right here with me, with
the rest of the guys. Just stuff like that, just the
team coming together and playing within
themselves and trying to find a way to help the club
I apologize if this was asked, but
between Games 2 and 3, did anything change,
because you'd been struggling at the plate up
DAVID ECKSTEIN: I felt pretty good in
Game 2. And so the one thing I wanted to do,
especially with the hard throwing Detroit club was
to make sure not to chase and not to try to do too
much. I believe that I went back to where instead
of trying to catch up to the fastball, I just said, hey,
I'm going to look for the fastball and adjust, and
trust the ability to get there. And a lot of thanks to
Barry Weinberg, Greg Howell, George Paletta and
Ralph Philson to get my shoulder ready so that it
could be able to handle swings.
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