Punching ticket to Shea
We definitely needed this victory Sunday night against the Cardinals. We just came out and did what we did all year. When we score runs, we score in bunches.
With Oliver Perez being young and inexperienced in this postseason situation, we kind of thought that he might be all right out there. He gave us a solid start. In these types of situations, you never know what’s going to happen in the playoffs. I was very happy that he was able to keep us in the ballgame.
The series is going back to New York and I like our chances. That’s what you play this game for. Everybody feels good about themselves. We help each other out. When you win, as I saw in 1997 with the Marlins, all 25 guys have made a contribution in some way. When you have that, it makes you feel good about your chances.
Hopefully I will get healthy and help us. I’m pitch-hitting right now. Hopefully, I can get a little healthy and go back on the field. If the game is rained out Monday, it would help everybody, especially me. It would make everybody feel better. If we don’t get the rainout, let’s play ball.
If there’s a rainout, I would look forward to starting on Tuesday. That would be another day off for me. It would help me out. If Willie Randolph feels comfortable putting me out there, I will go.
The Achilles tendon is weak. I don’t want to hurt the team. When you care about the guys on the team, a lot of things come into play.