September 2009

On a roll

It’s a lot of fun to come to the park when things are going like this. As the season gets long, near the end, it makes the last month go by a lot faster when you’re playing for something and the team is playing well. I’ve been on teams where you’re just kind of playing it out, and that’s not a whole lot of fun. It seems to take forever.

So it’s nice to come to the park in the middle of September knowing that you’re playing for something bigger. We’ve just got to keep playing the way we’ve been playing, and hopefully end up where we want to end up.

I was on a team in 2007 that had a great run, when the Rockies came on strong at the end of the year. I think the parallel between that team and this one is that we’re finding ways to win. It’s not always the same way. It’s not always the same guys. It’s a team effort. Good starting pitching, timely hitting and good defense. That’s the recipe for putting together nice months, nice weeks of winning games. It’s different, but those are similar traits that the two teams have.

Speaking of the Rockies, I do still follow the them and how they’re doing. I enjoy seeing them succeed. I have some really good friends there, and it’s fun to watch them do well.

We’ve got three good teams coming to town on this homestand, and that’s probably a good thing. I think you can’t underestimate any team, because even when you play teams that aren’t doing so well in the standings, you’re going to run into good pitching. You’re going to run into good hitters. Every team in the Major Leagues has good players. But Atlanta, their pitching is probably as good as it gets in the National League, so it will be a challenge for us. And then Florida is also playing well, and obviously the Cubs are capable. So it will be a good test for us.

The magic number is getting smaller, but I think until you get to where you’re one or two games away, it’s hard to do the math of how things have to shake out and when and where it will happen. So until it happens, until you get a chance to actually be a day or two away from it, I don’t think many guys are really thinking about when or where we’re going to clinch.