WILLIE RANDOLPH: That's always
overblown. Momentum is as good as the next day
pitcher and how you feel about yourself coming
into the game.
Sometimes a little luck is involved.
Sometimes you just feel better a particular day. So
I don't get caught up in a lot of the momentum and
all that stuff. You can feel it sometimes, you can
feel a change, but it doesn't always stay true to
The weather forecast for tomorrow
is pretty brutal. Would you prefer to get that
extra day's rest for Glavine at this point?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: No, we'd prefer to
just play. Tommy is ready to go. He's chomping at
the bit and we're all ready to play, so I'm hoping we
get a game tomorrow. We're ready to play.
A couple of questions: Perez, was it
your confidence in him that you had that
pinch-hitting situation there where you could
have piled on some more runs in that inning
that you sent him up to the plate?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: No. He was going
to stay in the game. He was pitching well. We had
a three-run lead at the time and I think it was still in
the bottom of the fifth. He was going to go back
out. He was throwing the ball out.
And likewise, Beltrán, what you said
about Delgado, I mean, the guy has seven LCS
homers now in 11 games.
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, again it's no
secret, he's one of the best hitters in the game.
He's done it before, he's been on this stage before
and he seems to rise to the occasion when the big
games come around, we saw it in the WBC this
spring, he had a different type of swagger to him, a
different type of attitude and went out and played.
You make a mistake with him, he'll make you pay
for it. I love it.
That's what big players do. A lot of the
two, three, four hitters on our club are outstanding
hitters and we need them to do what we need
them to do for us.
Were you close to getting Perez
after the Eckstein home run and did he show
you something with those two strikeouts that
WILLIE RANDOLPH: No, not really.
Everybody was available and ready, but he did
show me a lot, he beared down, he didn't really
bend. I wish I could remember what inning it was,
but I remember saying to my coaches that he got
out of the inning nicely and didn't panic. It was
nice to see him keep his wits about him and not
overreact and not get away from himself. That's
one thing he's improved on and gotten better at
since he's been here, he's been able to keep his
emotions intact and channel his energy and get
through some potential big innings or whatever.
Again, I don't remember which inning it was, but I
guess around the third or fourth he got out of a bit
of a potential jam.
You say momentum may not be a
key now in this series but you've got to feel
good about what your team did tonight and
obviously going into what is now just a
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Yeah, you do feel
great, but it's like yesterday, I think someone said,
is it the biggest game of the year. Not necessarily,
this is only 2-1 at the time and we get a win
tonight, get back going again.
But any time you can start from a clean
slate after being down by one, we're going to play
this series, possibly go to seven games and just
take it one day at a time like we always do and get
this back to New York, which we will anyway. It
will be nice to get a win tomorrow and get a nice
off-day and get back home.
What do you think the difference
was with you guys being able to get to the
Cardinal bullpen tonight? They have been
extraordinary throughout the postseason.
What do you think the difference was tonight
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Just swing the bats
like we can. We have an aggressive, offensive
ballclub, it's just a matter of everyone making solid
contact and taking advantages of mistakes they
might have made. We've been pretty consistent all
year long, attacking and putting our offense in
gear. Tonight is going to be different. There are
going to be games where you might get shut out
and you turn the page and get out there the next
day and hopefully you find a few holes and you get
good quality at-bats, get the pitch count up, turn
the page, man, it's totally different. We look at the
game in small increments and we try to just forget
about what happened yesterday and go out and
focus on the day we have to play and we did a
great job tonight.