SAN FRANCISCO -- When the National League Championship Series shifts to St. Louis beginning Wednesday (3 p.m. CT on FOX), it will mean much friendlier confines for the cadre of Cardinals relievers.
San Francisco's AT&T Park features bullpens along the foul lines, meaning Cardinals relievers warm up within feet of enemy fans. For this, teams have former Giants managing partner Peter Magowan to thank. He wanted an intimate ballpark setting a'la Chicago's Wrigley Field, where the bullpens are -- yep -- along the foul lines.
"I played here before, two years with San Diego, and we came a lot of times. But right now, during postseason, it's different, because they get louder," said Cardinals right-hander Edward Mujica. "They're talking to me in Spanish. It's crazy."
What do they say?
"I can't say this on TV," Mujica said.
Said Cardinals closer Jason Motte: "It's good stuff. It's all part of it. They're out there trying to get in your head, but I think it's kind of funny. You go out there, and they yell at you telling you how bad you are. It's a good time."
Motte & Co. had the last word in Game 1 of the NLCS on Sunday, combining for 5 1/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief in the Cardinals' 6-4 win.
Giants relievers will have a bit more protection at Busch Stadium beginning with Game 3, where the bullpens are in enclosed areas beyond the center-field fence.