JOHN MAINE: I wasn't that nervous. I
knew what I had to do. If I could get a couple
innings, it was all right.
John, can you say, were you
nervous at all going into this start, and
comprehending the importance of it?
JOHN MAINE: I'm nervous every start,
and try not to put any extra pressure on myself, but
I'm nervous before every start.
Speaking of nervous before a start,
your catcher came out before the first pitch in
the first inning to talk. Was it just, one for a
fastball, two for a curve, or was it more
JOHN MAINE: No, he gave me a little
speech. It was what I needed. It's secret, so no
one is going to know except us two right now.
It was great and exactly what I needed.
JOHN MAINE: No, not R rated.
PAUL LO DUCA: The old college, "Go get
Most stories tomorrow are going to
be about your performance. Have you taken a
step back and thought about what you have
done here in Game 6 to force a Game 7?
JOHN MAINE: No. I don't worry about
that. We have another game tomorrow, and after
tomorrow, I'll worry about that.
Speaking of Paul coming out to talk
to you, Carlos came up a couple of times. Can
you share what he might have said to you,
coming over from first base a couple of times?
JOHN MAINE: He comes up to me every
time I pitch. He sees some things that from his
perspective I don't really catch when I'm throwing.
He comes up and says, "are you doing this?"
Every advice I get out there is great.
Jose, how eager were you, how
excited were you to have a game like this,
personally, where you could show off all of the
talent that you have out there?
JOSE REYES: My teammates told me
today, I have to get on base. I said, if I get on
base -- every time I get on base, something good
is going to happen. I just was able to get on base
a lot, and the most important thing about us, we
win the game, so that's the most important thing
PAUL LO DUCA: Wow.
Paul, why did you feel the need to
do that to John right before the game, to go up
and talk to him? And number two, you waited a
long time to get to the World Series, what are
your thoughts about going into tomorrow's
PAUL LO DUCA: You know, Johnny, to
me, is not scared. He wants to be out there, and I
just wanted to let him know that us as a team want
him out there. We feel, and I told him, "Just do
your job, and we're going to win this ballgame for
you." I think we saw the maturation of a kid that's
going to be a good pitcher and you'll see him for a
long time. He grew a lot tonight, and this is a step
forward for his career.
You know, this is a huge ballgame, huge
circumstances. I don't think it's really hit him. I
think it hit me. You beat, to me, at least in my
perspective, the best pitcher in the National
League. We knew we weren't going to score too
many runs off him. And what he did tonight was
As for myself, this is awesome. I mean, I
can only imagine what tomorrow is going to be like,
and this has been an unbelievable series, and we
need to go out and do the same thing we did today
and get out early. Jose, he's a key, when we get
on base early, we're a tough team to beat.
Do you feel like it was your
responsibility to set the tone, and did you ever
imagine hitting a home run to set it?
JOSE REYES: No, I don't put that kind of
stuff in my mind. I just try to get to the batter's box,
get comfortable and try to go from there. Like I
said, I just try to put the ball in play and try to use
my speed, so that's all that matters.
Were you overthrowing just a little
bit in the first inning to start the game? And do
you still take the 7 train to the stadium?
JOHN MAINE: No, I don't think I was
overthrowing, just some poor pitches. Spiezio, he
hit a good pitch. I kind of look at that, I'm still
making my pitches.
I wouldn't say I was overthrowing. I was
just, you know, kind of a little nervous, get the
jitters out of me.
No, I won't take the 7 train.
Will you talk to Perez before the
start tomorrow night and can you give some
insight to what the key for him will be?
PAUL LO DUCA: He's another kid like
Johnny, he's not scared. This ballclub has trust in
Oliver. He's going to do a good job. He threw the
ball well in St. Louis and the energy is going to be
high and the place is going to be electric. We have
our work cut out for us.
We haven't won anything yet. We have a
guy that basically shut us down -- not basically, he
did shut us down. Jeff Suppan is a good pitcher.
We haven't done anything yet. Enjoy it for now.
But we have trust in Oliver and we feel he's going
to do a good job tomorrow.
What pitch did you hit for the home
run and how did that feel rounding the bases,
especially after the disappointment the night
JOSE REYES: It was a cutter in and it
was kind of sliding a little bit. I'm happy I put my
team up in the first inning. After that, I wanted to
stay focused all nine innings.
For John and Paul, it seems like a
simple question, but what's the feeling you get
when three pitches into Chris Carpenter's
night, you have him down 1-0?
PAUL LO DUCA: Well, it's huge. Any
time you get a lead and get your guy out there a
little bit more comfortable knowing that you have
the lead, knowing it's only a one-run lead, we knew
Chris was going to be tough. But that's a huge lift,
to get the crowd in the game. Especially just after
he left the bases loaded in the first inning. That's a
huge momentum shift.
JOHN MAINE: Same. (Laughter.)
You've had some post-season
starts, but what's the one you were the most
JOHN MAINE: I think the first start going
back. I was glad to be able to help the team and
get off to a good start. That's when I was the most
nervous. Again I still get nervous every time I
pitch. Tonight I knew everything was riding on it.
I'm just glad, happy with the results.
For all three of you, how conscious
were you of the intensity of the fans' reactions
throughout the game? Did it help in any way,
did it hurt the communication in the field in any
way? How do you react to the fans during the
PAUL LO DUCA: I mean, it's huge. The
fans here are huge. Whenever you have that
electricity on your side and every little break -- I
looked in the stands a couple of times and it
looked like a college students section, people
didn't sit down the whole game. That's an
unbelievable feeling. And when something goes
your way, it's electric. To me it's huge. You're
very aware of the fans here, and that's why you
work hard all year to get home-field advantage.
That's why it's so big.
JOSE REYES: I just try to stay focused all
game and that's it.
JOHN MAINE: It's great. The fans here, if
you need that little extra momentum, they will help
you out. They will give it to you. It's fun to play in
front of these fans.
Just a follow-up on that: The place
nearly exploded when you got your single to
score the two insurance runs. What's the
feeling getting down to first base there with the
place going crazy like that?
PAUL LO DUCA: It's an awesome feeling,
because I haven't really hit too many balls on the
barrel lately. I felt in St. Louis I swung the bat real
good and hit a couple balls right at people. You
come up in a big situation, and it's a good feeling
for me, gave me some confidence. It doesn't
matter how long you've been playing this game,
you always need more confidence. And to get
those couple of runs, to give us some more
breathing room was big.
You're a real electric guy, what do
you do tonight to be relaxed for tomorrow that
the team needs you, what are you going to do
tonight so that you can be ready for tomorrow?
JOSE REYES: Nothing. Just go to my
house, get something to eat and sleep and get
ready for tomorrow. Tomorrow is a big game for
us, and we need to stay focused. So we try to win
tomorrow like we did tonight.
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