I have an opportunity to be a little bit more vocal with it and get a little bit more attention, but Children's Hospital is our special place, my wife Karla and I. Not only do we have a child that spends a significant amount of time there but we have friends that have children there and we've made friends there.So that being said, we are very fortunate in the state of Colorado and the city of Denver to have a facility like Children's Hospital for our kids, and just importantly for the parents. The care is remarkable and it's very special, and it's one of the finest institutions in the nation. We need to be representative of that. They need a plug every now and then. You hit Spilborghs ninth just to cause the least amount of disruption for other guys in the lineup? CLINT HURDLE: That was one of the reasons. The other time is the couple times in the playoffs we have had situations where we need to put a ball on the ground, maybe a bunt or something, and Torre in front of those isn't the fastest, and this splits them up. I get usable speed in front of the two guys that can run and really put the ball on the ground. But continuity and normalcy has been huge for this ballclub. The last thing you want to do is throw out a lineup where the players walk out and go, "what's he doing," especially at this point in the year. It's a lineup that's similar to the ones we've had before. Gary was asking how the players feel now that you're here. Now that you're a couple hours away how are your butterflies? CLINT HURDLE: I can't say to play a game. The best thing that can happen is we play a game and win. The next best thing that can happen is we get to play a game. We need to play a game. We're getting closer every minute, and I'm excited about it. I can't wait to watch our team take the field and start playing again. From then we'll figure out things to the best of your ability, how we need to back off or adjust. Butterflies, I haven't had any. I haven't had any. Maybe they'll jump on me when I get out there. Maybe I'll get a big one out there when I hear the opening lineups. We're just looking forward to going out and playing a ballgame and finding a way to win. Wally Madison didn't have any AAA. What has he done differently at the Major League level, and is it in some ways harder to pitch at Colorado Springs because the balls CLINT HURDLE: A lot of difference of opinions. I've never pitched at Colorado Springs, the human door effect can come into play. One of the things I've thought about from my perspective is sometimes in AAA you're always being asked to work on something, so if you work on something and it's not working you've kind of got that attitude, well, I'm working on something. You get to the big leagues, that working on thing you've got to put to the side and find your team a way to win a game. You take out the safety net and find a way to get after it. That's one opinion. Another opinion is sometimes they try so hard to get there and they're not getting there, they get frustrated, and once you just get them there, it loosens them up a little bit and they pitch. I don't know which ones work, but something has popped for both our young pitchers that they perform much better at the Major League level than they did in the minor leagues. We hear so much about Boston having so much veteran experience, they've been here before. Your team, so many first timers. Is ignorance bliss in a situation like this because they've shown it so far in the postseason? CLINT HURDLE: I think it can be, but again, it's actually been I've been presented with a thing, this is the time of year when it's who wants it most. That's a joke (laughter). It's not about wanting it most right now. What it really comes down to, we're focusing on, is execution. Who executes the best is going to win the games. Experience, yes, it can help, I've got to believe it can help. But we didn't have any experience in the Division Series. We had limited experience in the Championship Series. We're facing a very good ballclub. Our biggest challenge this season on the biggest stage we're going to play in. But again, our focus has been simple. We execute well, we'll have a chance to win. We don't execute well, we put ourselves in position to lose. One more thing about Jimenez, how important is tempo and pace for him? CLINT HURDLE: It's very important, and Torrealba is very good with that. He's very good with all our pitchers. One of the things, you want to keep we like to keep our guy in the dirt, keep him working quick, defensively that's one of our strengths. We don't want him thinking too much. He has to have a plan going in that they really can rely on as far as calling the game, putting something down, shaking yes and going.
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