It was a pitchers’ duel on Thursday night in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. We hit a lot of balls hard that just didn’t fall our way. We had a couple of bloopers that could have dropped, but the Mets made diving plays on them. So like I said, it was just a pitchers’ duel. That one swing of Carlos Beltran put them on top. I guess that was the turning point of the game right there.
I tip my hat to Jeff Weaver. He pitched a heck of a game, but we just fell short. We’ll come back Friday and make sure we get it done.
Being introduced before a playoff game in my hometown of New York was wonderful. I tried to hear my family scream, but it was hard because the Mets fans were booing everybody. But I know they were out there. I just had a lot of fun this first day. Now it’s time to take care of business, though.
It wasn’t quite as loud as I thought it was going to be with 56,000 people. But that just tells you about how loud our fans in St. Louis can be.
I was just a little bit late in my at-bat tonight. I’ve got to start a little bit earlier next time. But I felt like I was on the ball. I swung at a bad pitch for strike three. But it happens, and tomorrow we’ll take care of business.