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All tied up

victorino-et-al550.jpgWe definitely wanted to win two here, but we got a split, so we came up short in the end. I’m sure you guys will be excited for this weekend. We’ll take a day off, work out and be ready for Saturday.

Because we didn’t get the job done with runners in scoring position, maybe it seems like you’re pressing. I know I’m not. I’m sure a lot of guys in here aren’t. Heck, I popped out with two guys on and no one out, and swung at the first pitch. I was trying to get a hit. I’m aggressive. I’m always going to be aggressive.

It’s not about making excuses. We’re just not doing it. They scored early by executing. Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria grounded out and two runs scored. We didn’t do that.

Still, we got ourself in a situation to tie the game with one swing, and that’s without executing. We have to look at the positives. We won one game without executing and lost one game without executing. If we do the little things, we’d be alright. We have to keep playing. We’ll show up and get ready to go in Game 3.

Finding a way to win

victorino-eog550.jpgAfter a week off, we finally played a baseball game, and it went great. We’ll take it. That was big. I don’t care if it’s Game 1 or Game 7, you have to find a way to win.

We struggled with execution tonight. The writers told me that we went something like 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position, but we got it done. That was because of Cole. He was fantastic. He’s done it the whole playoffs.

The key tonight was that we went out there and played the same. We showed up and were ourselves, and just tried to play the game. Chase hitting that home run dampened the crowd. He obviously wasn’t affected by the layoff. It doesn’t matter if he has a week off, a day off or no days off. He’s the best at his position for a reason.

A lot of people picked the Rays, and that may work in our favor. We like being the underdogs. It seems like we play our best when our backs are against the wall. Coming into a place like this — Tampa is so good at home — being able to take Game 1 is big. Boston took Game 1, too. It’s still a long series. We’re far from done. We’ll show up tomorrow and try and get Game 2.

victorino-slide275.jpgOh, and on my trying to score on that shallow fly ball. That was a  miscommunication between Steve Smith and myself. I heard, ‘go.’ He said, ‘No.’ B.J. Upton made a great play and has got a great arm. I don’t know why I tried to test him there. But we got the win, and that’s all it’s about. We were able to overcome some things tonight and pull out a win.

We’ll take it.

It’s time

We made it! I can’t believe the World Series is actually starting tomorrow. I was starting to think it was just working out and taking batting practice.

We haven’t played a game for a week, which is pretty weird for us. Unless it’s the All-Star break, we get no more than one day off at a time. But don’t worry, we’ll be ready. We’ve worked too hard to stop playing now. Everybody in this locker room wants the same thing, and we’re not going to slow down now.

This whole experience has been great, but we’re not finished. Of course, we wish we were starting the Series at home so we can get energy from you guys. We’re expecting it to be pretty loud. Being from Hawaii, I haven’t heard too many cowbells, so it shouldn’t bother me too much.

Finally, it’s here. The lights. The game. We’ll be ready to play.

 

Its time

We made it! I can’t believe the World Series is actually starting tomorrow. I was starting to think it was just working out and taking batting practice.

We haven’t played a game for a week, which is pretty weird for us. Unless it’s the All-Star break, we get no more than one day off at a time. But don’t worry, we’ll be ready. We’ve worked too hard to stop playing now. Everybody in this locker room wants the same thing, and we’re not going to slow down now.

This whole experience has been great, but we’re not finished. Of course, we wish we were starting the Series at home so we can get energy from you guys. We’re expecting it to be pretty loud. Being from Hawaii, I haven’t heard too many cowbells, so it shouldn’t bother me too much.

Finally, it’s here. The lights. The game. We’ll be ready to play.

 

We did it!

It’s especially hard to blog because I don’t have the words to describe what I’m feeling. It’s wonderful, amazing, spectacular. That’s a good place to start.

Being here to share this moment with all my teammates and their families is incredible. My daughter Kali’a is here and my fiancée is enjoying this with me. I wish my parents could’ve been here, but my dad had some things to take care of. They’re home and I’m sure they’re excited. I’m sure I’m going to get all kinds of phone calls to get tickets ready for the World Series, so the rest of my family can come. It’s an exciting.

This has been an emotional ride for me, and I want to dedicate this to my grandma. I know she’s watching over me. She made me the person that I am. What you see in me is what you saw in my grandma, always happy and smiling. She wasn’t loud and excitable like me, but she was always smiling. She knows we’re not done.

I want to stay focused. We’re one step away. We’ll enjoy the moment tonight, and have a nice long ride home and enjoy every single second of it. I can imagine what it’s going to be like when we land, how excited the people are going to be. It’s going to be fun.

This means a lot, but they don’t want to stop here. They want a championship. They don’t want us to just get close. If we don’t win that championship, they won’t be happy. Be ready to go. We can win the World Series, no question.

Its not supposed to be easy

I don’t really want to talk about what happened in the third inning with the Dodgers. I expressed my feelings to Russell Martin and Hiroki Kuroda. It’s over as far as I’m concerned.

This wasn’t a good game for us. They had all the momentum on their side out of the gate. They came out, got five runs early. That was crucial.

We know they’re a good team. You look back at the way the games have gone. They swept us here. We swept them at home. We have to find a way to win.

Jimmy Rollins and I had a tough time getting on base, and that hurt us tonight. We’re still up, 2-1 and we have to play tomorrow. We knew coming over here wasn’t going to be easy. We expected them to give us a series. We knew it was going to tough here. Everybody knew the series wasn’t going to be four games.

Kuroda mixed his stuff well. He keeps the ball down. He has a mid 90’s fastball that complements his slider. He did a good job shutting us down tonight. They came out early and scored a lot of runs. I can’t say they’re a better team. They’re a good team, period. We were able to win those two games at home. We lost tonight. We’ll get ready to go.

It’s not supposed to be easy

I don’t really want to talk about what happened in the third inning with the Dodgers. I expressed my feelings to Russell Martin and Hiroki Kuroda. It’s over as far as I’m concerned.

This wasn’t a good game for us. They had all the momentum on their side out of the gate. They came out, got five runs early. That was crucial.

We know they’re a good team. You look back at the way the games have gone. They swept us here. We swept them at home. We have to find a way to win.

Jimmy Rollins and I had a tough time getting on base, and that hurt us tonight. We’re still up, 2-1 and we have to play tomorrow. We knew coming over here wasn’t going to be easy. We expected them to give us a series. We knew it was going to tough here. Everybody knew the series wasn’t going to be four games.

Kuroda mixed his stuff well. He keeps the ball down. He has a mid 90’s fastball that complements his slider. He did a good job shutting us down tonight. They came out early and scored a lot of runs. I can’t say they’re a better team. They’re a good team, period. We were able to win those two games at home. We lost tonight. We’ll get ready to go.

Thank you, everyone

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone. It’s been a tough situation, as you can imagine, and I have to move on. My family is so important to me. I appreciate everyone’s condolences. I got a lot of text messages and phone calls. I’m thankful for everyone’s love and support.

I don’t plan on missing any games. Like my father said, my grandmother would want me to be here and take care of what I need to on the field. We’ll leave it at that. I want to be here.

Losing a loved one, is hard, but it’s something that happens to everyone. I feel for Charlie, too. I’m sure he’s going through a lot and holding it inside. We’ll be OK, and we’ll be ready to play on Sunday.

A sad day

PHI-MD-275.jpgToday was a difficult day. I’m sure many of your heard that I lost my
grandmother and Charlie Manuel lost his mother. It was a hard day. It’s
about baseball, though. Maybe my grandmom helped me make that catch,
and maybe Charlie’s mom helped, too. I believe that.

At the end of the day, she’d want me to stay with this team, help them
win. I’m sure Charlie’s mom is the same way. Charlie stayed strong and
kept us all strong.

As for me, I knew she’d been sick. My dad didn’t want to tell me, I
found out after the game. He knew from this morning, but didn’t want to
tell me. You’re guaranteed one thing in life, and that’s death. She’s in a better place.

She was 82 and lived a happy life. I spoke to her the other night on the phone. I’m thankful for that. Usually when I call she’s always upbeat, and last night she wasn’t very happy. She wasn’t responding very well. They’re watching over us, they’re going to help us win.

I really believe that.

Just relaxing a bit

OK, I admit it. I watched the highlights a few times last night. It was on SportsCenter. It was fun to see. I got about 60-70 text messages, and I’m still getting calls. My dad was there, making it an even bigger moment, personally. He made the long trip from Hawaii, and arrived in Philadelphia. To have him there was definitely nice, and to see him when I touched home plate was really special. For some reason, I do well when he’s in town. We should have him around more often. Him and Elvis, Pat Burrell’s dog.

I also talked to my mom yesterday, and she said, “Congratulations, savor the moment, but forget about all of that when the next game starts.” I’ll remember that, tomorrow. I have to turn the page. Saturday is a new day.

Today was good. I had a nice workout, and all I want to do is go back to the room and sleep. It’s nice to have a day off. We’re excited about tomorrow. It’s a different tone than last year. Now, we have to win Saturday, then win the next two series.