CARLOS DELGADO: I don't get
surprised. I don't mean to be short but I don't get
surprised. In the playoffs anything can happen. I
haven't played against the Cardinals enough to
see what is their order in bringing guys out of the
bullpen. So I wasn't.
CARLOS BELTRAN: Well, I think he
brought Thompson because Thompson was
probably the guy that he was looking to put in the
game. You know, like he said, Carlos, I don't get
surprised with any move La Russa made. He
makes a move because he knows what he's doing.
This is for both you guys: Did the
offense feel tonight going into the game down
2-1 and with Perez on the mound that you guys
needed to score a lot of runs to win the game?
CARLOS DELGADO: We kind of -- we
don't think that way. I am one to believe, let's get
one more than them. What we did do was put last
night's game behind us, and we went out there
with, you know, clean slate, with a good approach,
different from last night. We took a lot of pitches.
We made their guy work. He probably had 75
pitches by the third inning. We saw a lot of pitches
and made him throw a lot of pitches and we got
some guys on that came up with some big hits in
CARLOS BELTRAN: Well, we had a great
approach today at the plate. We were letting the
guy pitch. We took a few walks and, you know, it
felt good, including myself, when I take a walk and
have a guy like Carlos behind me and make the
guy pay. He hit the home run with two guys on at
the same time, and he also hit the double to score
Offensively, we did a great job. We was
able to go out there and put the ball in play and
also we made some good plays defensively.
Carlos seven home runs in the
playoffs against the Cardinals puts you in the
same line as Babe Ruth, how does that make
you feel? And Carlos Delgado did you ever
think it could be like this?
CARLOS BELTRAN: Well, every time you
contribute in the playoffs, it's a great feeling.
Home runs, that's something that I don't look for
them, they just happen. I felt good at the plate
today. I was able to put the ball in play. I feel
confident. I feel comfortable out there. I feel like I
was on balance every time they make a pitch.
It's a great feeling. It's a great feeling
when you contribute to help the team win. I'm just
very happy that we were able to win this ballgame
and now we feel we're going to go back home.
CARLOS DELGADO: For me it's a good
feeling. I played 12 and a half years and never
sniffed the playoffs. This is what every athlete
wants to be in, the playoffs with an opportunity to
win and it couldn't happen to a better group of
guys. We worked really hard all summer to be
where we're at. So we're going to play good and
go out there and grind it, and enjoy it. I'm enjoying
these playoffs, it's a blast, but I guess it's going to
be that much sweeter when you win it.
Even if you believed in yourselves,
is it a relief being tied 2-2, as opposed to the
CARLOS DELGADO: It's a lot better
being 2-2 than 3-1, especially on the road.
We didn't put any pressure on ourselves.
We knew that this was a very important game, but
we didn't want to put anything extra. We just
needed to go out there and play the game like
we're capable of, and that's what we did.
Your home run snapped a scoreless
streak of 14 innings for you guys, when you got
back to the dugout, did you sense any tension
or anxiety lifted there?
CARLOS BELTRAN: We felt good today
out there. When I hit the home run of course it
feels great because you tied the ballgame and
David Wright followed with another home run and
we feel good about that.
Our team, doesn't matter how far behind
we are in the game, we're not going to quit, we're
going to try to get back. We've done it so many
times this season, we believe in ourselves. We
know we have a real good offense and when
everybody is having good pressure at the plate, we
can turn the game and today we did it.
I watched you two years ago do this,
is there something to the fact that you're on an
historic pace of hitting seven home runs in 11
LCS games? What do you do to rise to the
occasion in these games?
CARLOS BELTRAN: I have no
explanation for that. Like I say, nobody goes to the
plate looking for home runs. They just happen.
When you make good contact, when you have a
good approach, when you're seeing the ball
good -- today, like I said I was seeing the ball
good, made good contact and the ball went out.
I'm happy just to be in post-season, and
just to be able to at this time be playing baseball
when everybody is watching us. It's just a great
feeling that, you know, we are here and we have
potential to go to the World Series.
The series has been such a seesaw
battle, does momentum count for anything
even after a big win like this one?
CARLOS DELGADO: I guess momentum,
if you can get it, it helps. We're playing a good
team. We're playing a really good team, and I
think you create your own momentum. Sometimes
it happens, you know, within the game.
And you've just got to go out and approach
every game like it's the last game you're ever going
to play. That's what it boils down to. If you start
hoping that, oh, what happened last night, what we
did in the last inning is going to carry us for another
nine innings, I don't think it works that way. You
have to go out there and grind it and create your
own chances, and hopefully you can catch a
Do you guys feel like this is the way
the Mets have to win, with decent enough
starting pitching and an offense that's going to
carry the team?
CARLOS DELGADO: Doesn't matter how
we win, as long as we win. Glavine went out there
the other night, threw seven shutout innings and
we won 2-0. As long as we score one more than
them, I don't care how the victories come, as long
as we're shaking hands at the end of the game.
To either of you, I've heard a couple
of Mets tonight say that you went out with a
better approach tonight. Was it something that
you guys talked about with each other after last
night's game, and was there a little bit of anger
or upsetness over the way that that guy was
able to dictate the pace of the game and when
you guys swung?
CARLOS BELTRAN: Well, I think
everyone was on the same page today. We went
out there trying to look for a pitch to hit, and you
know, that guy was throwing a lot of balls and we
were able to, like I say, take the walks and Carlos
was able to make them pay, twice.
Like I said, I think everyone, including
everyone, was having a good approach at the
plate today. We were seeing a lot of pitches and
it's a great feeling when you have a group of guys
that are willing to take pitches at the plate.
For both Carloses, your feelings
about tying the series knowing that tomorrow
is going to be Glavine on the mound?
CARLOS DELGADO: It's a good feeling. I
guess I said earlier, it's a lot better being tied at
two than 3-1. Glavine has been pitching great for
us and we're hoping that he goes out there
tomorrow and gives us another strong
He's been around for a long time. He's
been in playoffs before. He knows what it takes,
and we're just going to come out tomorrow and
play good ball again. You know, just good
approach and like I said, try to play like this is
going to be the last game.
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