Since you will be starting the next game if you win tonight, I'd
like to hear your comment on how you feel about pitching the next
HIROKI KURODA: I hope to pitch the best game as
possible. Nothing unusual. I always approach the game the same
way and no matter what the situation is. So I'd like to simply pitch
my best game.
You always make a comment that you approach the game the
same way. Do you make any effort, if any, to maintain your feelings
or your approach the same way in any kind of situation?
HIROKI KURODA: There might be a slight difference
between regular season game and exhibition games or Spring
Training games. But throughout the season I try to maintain the
same energy towards the game. And I would like to, I hope to do
the same throughout the season and that's what I've been doing so
So when I go on the mound, no matter who I face, I try to approach
the game the same way.
You pitched in very important games so far. ut would you say
that the next game that you're going to start will be the most
important that you've thrown this season?
HIROKI KURODA: Everyone knows that the next game
is going to be a very important one. Obviously it's a sudden death
But throughout the season I pitched for more than 30 games. But
for me and for the team as well, every game that I pitched was an
important game. So I don't think there's going to be a change in
that for the next game. So I think, like I said, my approach is going
to be pretty much the same.
What was the mood in the clubhouse after Game 4 among
your teammates, and also do you think it was the right decision for
Joe Torre to give you guys off yesterday?
HIROKI KURODA: Every time we lose a game,
everyone's depressed and pretty much down. So that wasn't any
different after the last game.
But today I came into the clubhouse and everyone is pretty happy,
and there's nothing we could do. We have to win this game.
And as far as Torre's decision to give a day off to the players, I
can't really comment on that.
What do you think has made you so successful in your first
two playoff starts here?
HIROKI KURODA: If I knew the reason why I was
really successful in those two games, I wouldn't have any problem
pitching the next season or throughout my career.
But I always play hard, and I think the result of that became those
two victories, and I'm really glad I was able to contribute to the
team in that way.
Did you have a relaxing day off yesterday?
HIROKI KURODA: Yes, I was able to relax a lot.
If you win tonight, will you be traveling to Philadelphia tonight
HIROKI KURODA: As of now I haven't been told
anything, so I wouldn't know.
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