I spent a lot of time today answering questions from the media. With each round of the playoffs, we get more and more people following the team. Sometimes it feels like you’re answering the same questions over and over again, but that comes with the territory and I don?t mind it as long as I’m able to still get my work done.
As with all the other things that come with being in the playoffs, this time of the year you realize that you’re fortunate to be one of only four teams playing. Anyone who is a baseball aficionado is going to want to ask questions and is going to want to be around.
Some of the main questions I’ve been getting are, "Do you feel slighted? Are you concerned about not getting the national attention that a lot of teams have been giving?"
They are questions that if I was a prideful man they might be more disconcerting. But they’re not. Perhaps it’s hard for some of them to understand that our commitment to each other is way more important to us than a commitment to try and please somebody else, especially people who have not been around the ballclub all year and are making determinations based on what a stat sheet says. When you just look at the numbers, you don’t get an appreciation for the character of this group and the way we go about our business.
All that being said, I’m just glad that I still have to answer the questions. I’m glad to do it because it means we’re still working and still performing. I’m hopeful that we have one more round to deal with.
It will be nice to get going tomorrow night. It’s one of those things where the layoff can be a reward or a detriment. It’s given the guys here at home a chance to kind of settle in and work toward the upcoming series that starts tomorrow.
I’m just excited about the possibilities. You always wish you had a crystal ball and knew ahead of time how things were going to turn out, but the one thing that makes this game so great is that regardless of what the experts pick, until you get between the lines and play, nobody knows what is going to happen.
I’m looking forward to it and glad to be opening up the series here at home. Hopefully, I’ll have a victory to write about tomorrow.