The big thing for us is that we live to see another day after our win in Game 6 on Wednesday night. Hopefully it gives me another day to get ready and help us win a game. If we make the World Series, my main goal is to be healthy enough to be included on the Fall Classic roster.
I feel pretty good, and my injured Achilles tendon is coming around. But it takes time. Like anything else, you don’t want to do anything stupid to jeopardize your team’s chance of going to the World Series.
It’s tough being on the bench and not being able to contribute. It’s terrible, but it is what it is. I’ve learned not to let your emotions get too high and just go with the flow. And if I get an opportunity, I will try and make the most of it.
I’m not trying to be a coach or anything on the bench. I’m just taking it all in and hoping the guys do good and we get to the next round. I’m just being a cheerleader in the dugout. I even start singing that song for Jose Reyes. I love it, the fans love it. They appreciate a player like that and I find myself chanting it — even in the car on the way home.
Everybody was chilling on the plane ride home from St. Louis after Game 5 on Tuesday night. We felt good coming home. We were happy to get out of St. Louis and get back home to our fans. We play well here at Shea Stadium, so nobody was really worried about us possibly being eliminated from the postseason.
It was tense and tight on Wednesday. Everyone was stressing a bit, but we just had to get the job done. There are kind of similarities to when I was playing in the postseason with Florida in 1997. But you just have to get it done. Hey, the Cardinals are going through the same thing, but they’re in a tougher environment. If they can win here, you just have to tip your hat to them. This is a crazy place. We sense it’s going to be tough for them when we’ve got the crowd on our side. In St. Louis, it was nothing. We felt like we could deal with it. The crowd never got into Game 5. They were a little loud, but nothing too distracting. Playing there was nothing.
Manager Willie Randolph probably will say the same thing to me about my chances of playing. I don’t even think that if I said I felt pretty good he would mess with the chance of playing me and jeopardizing getting injured even worse. So, right now, I think we’re stuck with what we got. I made this bed, so I need to lie in it.