Me (53) and my teammates welcome Albert Pujols back after he scored.
It’s hard to explain where we are right now. We’re not on a high but we’re not low either. We’re just staying on an even keel. We just want to go back to our place and take care of things. We are two games up, but we can never take anything for granted.
We can’t let up, not one ounce. We’ve got to go to our place and take the energy from our fans, who are the best fans in the world, and go out there and play the game like we’ve been playing over here. Defense, offense and the strategy of Tony. We’ve just got to stay focused. Remain focused and keep working hard.
Coming home with two chances to close this out is great, but we’ve got to stay focused. There’s no way we can lose it or give them an inch. We’ve got to stay on top of them and keep pressure on them.
I got another at-bat, and I keep hitting the ball to the furthest part of the park. Hopefully I can get something like that at home and it will go. I’ve just got to stay focused and keep hitting the way I’m hitting. It’s wonderful just to get my feet wet and put a good swing on it and put a good at-bat together like that.
The flight home is going to be wonderful. And then we have a day off tomorrow. We all can sleep easier with this win. Even if we would have gone home 1-1, we couldn’t have accepted that. We wanted to go back home up 2-0, and we’re doing that. It’s a beautiful thing.
The responses from the fans to this blog have been outrageous — just great. I appreciate everybody writing in, and I wish I could write back personally to every person. That’s impossible, but I want to say thank you and I appreciate it. Keep writing.
I want to say hello to my family — my mom, my dad, my grandmother, my sister, my little brother. I also want to say hello to the guys who are from around my block who wrote in to me. Keep writing, and believe me, I’m reading it and seeing you guys’ response. I deeply appreciate it.