Tomorrow morning is going to be exciting. I’ll probably leave earlier than on most days
because I’ll want to get to the park. The excitement of knowing that
it’s finally here, my adrenaline will be pumping from the time I get
We won the division and we’ve had a couple of days to
enjoy that, but it’s time to get back to work. Ultimately, we know it
takes 11 more wins to get to where we want to be, and the only way to
get there is to take it one pitch at a time. That’s what breeds success,
and our first goal is to get past this first series.
It’s exciting to play in the postseason with a new group of guys
and getting to share this with them.
I got to be on a
team that won the World Series — the White Sox in 2005 — so I feel privileged to
be able to go to the postseason a couple of times in the past seven
years. A lot of players play their whole careers and never get to go.
Rockies first baseman Todd Helton has played for a long time, and this is his first chance. In
the World Series in 2005, I got to play against Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell in
Houston, and they played for a long time without going to the World
Series. I got to talk to Biggio about that. Obviously, he would’ve liked
to have won a ring, but he looks back at playing in a World Series as
one of the highlights of his career. Talking to guys like him who have played
that long puts it in perspective.
We were lucky enough
to come out on top.
Winning a division is one thing. Winning a
World Series is another. You really enjoy that. Being able to enjoy
that, and knowing that all the work that you put in over the course of that
season — and your life — all the blood, sweat and tears have finally
come to the peak. You’ve finally come to the top of the mountain and
nobody can take that away from you.
I have my wrist bands that
I wore in all the World Series celebrations. I never washed them. I have
all the hats and the shirts we got after clinching. The glove I used. The
batting gloves. Everything. The stuff I used in the games. All that
stuff brings the memories back. The photos of the celebrations. You
can’t put a dollar sign on those things. Those things are special inside. Those the things you keep for the rest of your life and you get to pass
on to your kids.
We know we still have a ways to go before we
can say we’re World Series champions. The players here have been around
long enough to know how to prepare for games and what they need to do. We
have to make sure to stay in our routines so everything is the same.