JEFF WEAVER: Well, you know, you've
got to go out there and control things you can
control. And even the play before that fell in, I still
threw the pitch to Casey where I wanted it. He's
looking in and put a good swing on it, but it's the
fact of just staying calm, believing that you're going
to get out of the situation and execute the pitches
when the time comes. And I'm just very fortunate
to be able to execute when needed.
Anybody whose ever been passed
over, let go from their job, fired, not taken
seriously, sort of knows the feeling of what it's
like to be in the position to stand there and say,
see, I told you so. Is that sort of where your
head is right now or is it someplace else?
JEFF WEAVER: No, it's just focused on
the winning. All that's fine and dandy, but it's all
the belief in yourself, knowing that you're going to
work through it.
I've had struggles before and found it
again. When you come to a team that believes in
you from the get-go, it just builds your confidence.
And you know what they say, just never say die,
just keep working. It's hard to put into words, but
I'm just very fortunate to be able to go out there
and compete on that stage and have the
opportunity and take advantage of it.
I'm curious, this has been such an
unbelievable year for the team, the September
swoon, the losingest team ever to win a World
Series, your ups and downs. What is it about
this team that you're able to put it together in
October and be the last team standing?
JEFF WEAVER: I think a lot of it had to
do with the end of the season. We struggled a bit.
But when it came to it and our backs were against
the wall, we made it happen. We won ballgames
we needed to to get in. Once the season's over
you start fresh. It's all about who's the hottest, who
believes in each other and who goes out there and
plays the hardest. And I think that struggle
towards the end just refreshed us once it was all
done and we were able to take a deep breath and
go out there and play for the second season.
You said that the city really
embraced you from when you got there, when
they saw you at the Outback eating alone. And
I'm just wondering what it means to get the win
here for this city.
JEFF WEAVER: It's huge. I don't think
there's a guy in here that wanted to go back to
Detroit. We wanted to do it here. We had the
opportunity and the position to do so and just very
lucky to make it happen here.
The fans were up on their feet from the
get-go, just like good fans should, and we gave
them something to cheer for. And the Midwest is
all about their sports teams and you forget that
when you go to the bigger cities and things of that
But they all were gracious to have me over
here. When you hear it from the fans, it just gives
you that adrenaline rush to get you through things.
I know it's right afterwards, but you
obviously have become a very important
member of the Cardinals this year. When it
comes to your future, you've raised your stock
a lot. Do you see yourself here for a long time?
Is this where you want to be next year and for
the years ahead?
JEFF WEAVER: Why wouldn't you? If
you have the opportunity to have the chance to do
this each and every year, which they've done over
the past years, this is what we play for, is to have
the chance to win and we'll just have to wait to see
How big was that play that you and
Albert put together?
JEFF WEAVER: Well, I mean, Albert is
an exceptional fielder. He made a great play. I
just wanted to concentrate and make sure I put a
glove on it and could have very easily started a
rally. Anytime you make big plays it changes the
momentum of the game, and I think that was a big
Is it even more special to have
pitched as well as you did and for the Cardinals
to have beaten the Tigers considering you
played for Detroit? And I know most of those
players and people are no longer with the
organization, but you did once wear the Tigers'
JEFF WEAVER: Well, it's funny how
things work. You couldn't ask for a better scenario.
Just kind of full circle. You don't expect things like
that to happen, but when you have the opportunity
to go out there and have a chance to win, give
your team a chance to win, especially against a
team that you used to play for, I mean it's just
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