This is a question for both you guys. Carl, what was it like out there in left field
watching Andy mow all those batters down? And Andy, what's it like sitting on the
bench watching these guys collect all these hits?
CARL CRAWFORD: For me it was nice to watch Andy do his thing. He's
been doing it all year long for us. For me in left field, he's not working me a lot today,
so it was nice to see him pitch a good game today.
ANDY SONNANSTINE: For me it was awesome. Before I even threw the
first pitch of the game I was already off to a 3-0 lead So I mean it's exciting every
time I've got to get up and go slap hands with the guys who just scored, and I did that
quite a bit tonight, so I was real happy about that.
This team has hit ten homers and scored 31 runs in the last three games against
a really good pitching staff. Are you as dazzled as the rest of us at how hard your
team has hit the ball the last three games?
ANDY SONNANSTINE: Honestly, yeah. I mean, I know we have a great
offense, but I sure didn't know we were going to score at that many runs. And to see
us do it really puts a smile on my face. It's astounding what they're doing at the plate
Carl, as somebody who's been in this organization a long time through a lot of
the bad time, how important has it been for you to be able to get healthy and get
back and be a part of this in October on the active roster?
CARL CRAWFORD: It was very important for me because I've been here
through a lot of the tough times, and things started to get well and guys made it to
the playoffs, and I wanted to be a part of it. Not only just be a part of it, I wanted to
contribute and help the guys win in the playoffs. So I'm just happy to be back.
Could you talk about your performance tonight, this type of game, and your
feelings after it's over, winning, and you going 5 for 5?
CARL CRAWFORD: Just every at bat you're trying to concentrate and get
a base hit, try not to do too much, trying to get on base so I could use my speed, and
I was able to find the hole tonight. Just trying to help the team out any way I can.
What will it take to finish off the Sox? They've been in this position twice in the
last four years. What would it take to finish them off Thursday?
CARL CRAWFORD: We just have to play our game, do what we've been
doing, play good defense, get good pitching and solid hitting. Just got to play our
When you had to have surgery, were you concerned that that was the end of
your season, and can you just fill us in on what you had to do to get back?
CARL CRAWFORD: Yeah, I definitely thought it was the end of the
season. I didn't think I'd be playing right now. I had to do a lot of rehabbing, a lot of
running to stay in shape, a lot of lifting.
I had to keep my mind focused on being positive all the time. I actually thought I
wasn't going to be able to play, so to be here right now I'm very grateful and I'm just
happy to be back.
Carl, you've been through the bad times, you probably can relate more than
some of your teammates. Could you ever envision being in a situation in a Tampa
Bay uniform one game away from the World Series, honestly?
CARL CRAWFORD: It was tough. You definitely want to be in that
position one day, but it was hard to envision that. To be in the position that we are
right now is definitely a surprise for me. But at the same time with the guys we have,
we were capable of getting here at some point.
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