A lot has been made of Tropicana Field and home field advantage. I
know this is looking forward, but what do you expect the crowd to be like in
Philly? And what's your favorite part of playing there besides the fans?
RYAN MADSON: Yeah, the crowd in Philly, even on the day we
clinched was probably the loudest I've heard them, pitching. And so they were
unbelievable. And they've gotten better every playoff game.
As far as playing in Philly, besides the fans it's just a unique field. It's a
beautiful field. It's a beautiful city, actually. Once you get to know it, once you
go around and experience some of the food and places to go see and museums
and stuff like that, it's a great city and I've fallen in love with it.
Do you think you're a tougher team at home?
RYAN MADSON: I don't know. We play well on the road. It seems
like -- I don't know what the record is -- our record is on the road, but I know
we always seem to go in on the road and play well, because we're relaxed. But
we don't have our fans on top of us. But we kind of go out relaxed and just play
our game. So we enjoy playing on the road.
You seem stronger every year. Are you throwing harder than you've
ever thrown? Or is it just this year?
RYAN MADSON: You know, that's what the radar gun says. I'm
not doing anything different. I'm not trying any harder. I think it's just, like I
said, the combination of things. I'm not doing anything different, just
adrenaline and rest and all that combined.
The number of home runs hit in Citizens Bank Park has steadily gone
down the last few years. Do you think it's become more of a fair park
compared to how it first played when it was really kind of a band box?
RYAN MADSON: They did move the wall back. I don't know how
many home runs that took away. I think we're getting in pitchers that are
more ground-ball guys. I think the guys that are standing around know how
to pitch there and aren't afraid to pitch there.
So it's not a factor in our eyes, we just go out and make the pitches. We're not
thinking about it. So I think it's just over time we've developed a pitching staff
that can deal with it.
You've been tried as a starter, as a long reliever, you mentioned a
one-out guy. Now you're the eighth-inning guy, it's pretty clear. Are you
happy with this? Is this the way you envision your career going forward?
RYAN MADSON: Yeah. To start with I've had the opportunity to
pitch in the eighth inning a couple of times in my career, and it's been taken
away from me a couple of times as well. I'm not taking anything for granted.
I've got to go out and do the job, because there's always somebody right there
to take it. But it does feel good to be the guy when the phone rings in the
eighth and it's going to be me. I can relax a little bit in the sixth, seventh. So it
does feel good.
That's what everybody out there in the bullpen is out there for. We all want a
significant role to play. It's just you feel a little more worth, worth your weight
When you're facing a club that hasn't seen you, do you feel that
advantage erodes when the series goes on?
RYAN MADSON: I have to agree with that. This day and age they
have video and they can watch all my games probably all year long. But it's
different when they're up there hitting against you, and the actual experience.
I think pitchers do have an advantage in the start. That goes with anything
as a starter or anybody. The more a hitter can see the pitcher's stuff, the
more they can adjust to it. And so that's when a good pitcher will adjust back
It seems like you guys are much better equipped to win the 3-1 games
like last night and the 2-1 games. Do you attribute that to the bullpen or are
other factors involved?
RYAN MADSON: Also our defense I attribute that to. In the
bullpen we're not scared, we just want the lead or a tie. We know our guys are
going to score runs late in the game, they have all year long. So if we can just
hold them where it's at, they'll eventually score some runs for us.
When you guys are getting on Jamie Moyer about his age, what old
ballplayers do you bring up and say how did you face this guy?
RYAN MADSON: I've never mentioned anything to him about his
age. I learned the hard way. I think I made a comment to Tim Worrell and
Rheal Cormier a couple years ago. I made a comment to them, and I didn't
have any clothes left in my locker. So I don't say anything about his age.
He deserves to be here more than anybody, because he works so hard. And
to me he doesn't feel old to me. He's just a more experienced guy. And I don't
really talk to him about it, about his age much.
Did you have to develop a thick skin pitching for these years in
Philadelphia. When the ups and downs come, and how did you deal with
RYAN MADSON: Oh, yeah, definitely. But, you know, to me I like
it. I like that they show that they care. They show that they want you to go
out there and get it done. I think that's better than fans showing up and not
caring or not showing up at all. So to me I take it for my advantage and to go
out there and want to do the job for them.
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