What a night this was for us. Once again, the game felt no different for us while it was going on. This group has been able to focus and commit themselves to the task at hand and not get caught up in anything else. It wasn’t like we were saying, "Hey, we’re up 2-0 we’ve got to win the third." It didn’t matter. We were just focused on any one inning. That’s how we’ve been all year.
I know that I’ve said this before, but watching these young guys take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that have been presented to them, and how at the end of the day they come out as better men and better ballplayers, is exciting for me to watch and be a part of.
Livo put a lot of runners on base tonight, and when Livo puts those runners on base, on the outside you don’t show any nerves, but on the inside you’re, shall we say, a little excited. But with Livo, you appreciate the fact that you’re only one pitch away in a situation like that from getting out of it. And when that happens, the momentum shifts very quickly, and you saw that in the fifth inning tonight.
After winning this series, it’s probably going to be hard for us to continue to fly under the radar. But I’ve got to believe that we were the underdog for the last 162 and then these last three, so no matter what anybody says, this group is committed to what the job is that night, to what our individual responsibilities are so that we can come together and figure out a way to shake hands at the end of the day.
I’m looking forward to getting home with our home fans and whoever else we might see this week. I wish now that I’d be headed back to high five and wrestle around the room the rest of the night with the kids, but that will have to wait until tomorrow. I know they’re watching and I’ll make sure that when I get back I point out what I’ve written here, so that they know that I’ve been thinking about them. I just have enjoyed the ride so far and the journey and looking forward to some more good things the rest of the week.
As the last out was made in the game, I couldn’t help thinking about how special this whole group is. And I really mean that. It doesn’t matter how we’re going to end up, how far we go, this group is very special to me. This is exciting. This doesn’t happen every day.
At the end of their careers I think all these guys will look back on the 2007 D-backs as a special group of guys, regardless of how we end up this year. Because it certainly is special.