You were a free agent a couple of
years back and deciding where to go, teams,
when a team like you guys are successful,
having a chance to win a World Series, does it
become that much more attractive, other free
agents, that winning produce more winning in
that sense come the off-season?
CARLOS DELGADO: Well, I really think
so. I guess hopefully we can go out and win it all.
You know, send a message for the free agents; it
makes this team a very attractive team to come to.
Just the fact that it definitely gives an automatic
opportunity to go out and win in the next season. I
guess free agents are looking for an opportunity to
win, and this is a great one.
In your first postseason here, I'm
just curious if you were surprised at all that it's
been -- I guess for lack of a better word, it's
been easy for you guys. I know you would
probably say it's not easy?
CARLOS DELGADO: I am going to say
it's not easy.
But to be 4-0 and never trailed in
games, are you surprised you haven't been
behind or is there any part of this you're
surprised that you've been so successful?
CARLOS DELGADO: I hate to use the
word surprised. I've been around the game long
enough that nothing really surprises me.
When the playoffs started, when we were
playing L.A., we were confident. We knew that it
wasn't going to be easy, but we knew that we had
the personnel, the talent to go out and win, and
we've been playing good baseball. I guess if this
team plays good baseball, if we execute, we can
win. We can match up with anybody; we can win
the whole thing.
So I guess if you're playing good, you're
not going to be surprised. If you play bad, you're
going to be trailing. So I guess it's the same for
every team. If you play good baseball, chances
are, you're going to win.
Is it hard to watch Cliff struggle
injury-wise the way he has and seeing him get
hurt yesterday, and if he's not able to play
again, what you would feel for him?
CARLOS DELGADO: Of course it's tough
when you see one of your teammates go down
with injuries and it's tough to see somebody that's
going out there, getting treatment all the time, just
go out and play, and second inning, third inning,
the foul ball, he had to pull up because of his leg.
It's tough this time of the year especially because
we worked so hard the whole summer to get here
and now that you have an opportunity to play in the
most important games in the season and not being
able to, it's tough. We definitely wish him the best.
Hopefully he can bounce back and help us on the
For a guy who is at the level you
were at when you were in Toronto, what's it like
now to get a chance to be in the postseason
and to be on this stage?
CARLOS DELGADO: This is great. You
know, watching it on tv, for the longest time, I tried
to play as hard as I could for as long as I could to
get here, and it seems that every year we came up
short in that American League East Division.
Having the opportunity to be here and to
have the opportunity to win is an amazing feeling.
It's great, and I don't -- it couldn't happen to a
better group. We have great guys, a great
clubhouse, and we worked hard all summer.
So I think we've been rewarded, but we
earned it and we've been rewarded. So I like our
chances, what can I tell you; this is a great
experience for me.
Facing a guy like Carpenter tonight,
is there anything that you feel that the team
must do to have success against him, anything
different in your approach, taking more pitches,
CARLOS DELGADO: I think the key will
be stay in our zone. A lot easier said than done.
But that's going to make a difference, if we stay in
with our strength, because this is a guy that's got
three quality pitches and he's got good control, he'll
try to expand the zone.
So we have to be aggressive, but patient
that we can hit in our zone. I think that will be the
best approach that we can take.
Just to follow-up on the question
about this whole experience, first of all, did you
always watch a lot of postseason baseball?
CARLOS DELGADO: No.
And how are the games different
from regular season games, the pace of them,
CARLOS DELGADO: Just to answer your
first question, I did not watch much, just because I
hated not being there. And the moment you start
watching, you start thinking, you just get
competitive and say, well, he's going to throw this
now and he should do this or he should do that.
So I didn't watch much.
How is it different? This is it, for all the
marbles. (Smiling) Everything, the adrenaline gets
fired up, you get fired up a little bit more, the
energy level is higher. It's still the same game, but
the emotions play a big role here.
I think I mentioned this before. If you can
control your emotions and just go out and play the
game you've always been playing, chances are
you're going to be better off.
As a guy who was in a multi-year
contract and you got traded, it sounded like
you were pretty happy there; is it accurate to
say that it's been an enjoyable experience for
CARLOS DELGADO: It's been a great
experience. It's been a lot of fun, and this is one
thing that I'm not thinking about. I'm thinking about
tonight's game and then we deal with whatever we
deal with after that.
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