We came in as underdogs and had to prove everybody wrong. And that was a really good team we had to beat. They sent three great pitchers out there. And we proved we can beat No. 1 starters. We’re feeling really good about ourselves right now and we got to take it to the next round.
Tonight it looks like Manny’s gotten going. He looks good at the plate, he’s driving in runs. When you see that, you know we’re going to have a good game. I think we’re better this year than last year. Like me, I didn’t have a good game at the plate. But ‘Dre picked me up and Manny picked me up. We’re a better team this year because we’ve got guys to pick up other guys.
People say we don’t have real good pitching. I don’t know, our pitching was pretty good in this series. And Raffy, he brought his A game. So it’s a whole different team than last year. That’s why we’ve been talking since the beginning of the year that we expect big things.
So we’re popping champagne in the clubhouse tonight, but we still have a long road, we’ve still got eight games to win. We’re going crazy in here right now and I hope our fans are going crazy, popping champagne and waving the towels and I hope they’re ready to go to the stadium Thursday, because our fans are one of the big reasons why it’s so hard for other teams to come to L.A. and play the Dodgers.
Man, can you believe that game last night? I mean, we’re still talking about it in here. It was amazing. For me, it was the most exciting game I’ve ever been a part of. When the game ended, I went straight for Mark Loretta. I was on the middle of the top step (of the dugout). I knew something good was going to happen. I had a feeling. And Loretta got that hit and I went for Loretta.
We were all surprised what happened to Matt Holliday, dropping the ball. We still thought we had a chance to win. Around the stadium, they made posters of us, talking about the comeback kids. And things like that really showed we keep fighting till the end and never give up and we got the win.
It carried over to the plane a little bit, but then everybody did their thing, maybe a game of cards or a movie or whatever they do on a plane, because it’s a regular plane ride and we still have one more game to win and it’s not going to be easy. Definitely not easy with the offense and pitching that team has. It’s two good teams going at it. All we got to do is keep the same approach of the first two games and make the pitcher work and keep them from scoring.
We’re loose today, just like when the playoffs began. It’s a little rainy today and you get a little sluggish, but we’ll be up for the game. The pressure’s not on us, it’s on them. Now I’m going out to eat with O-Dog and Loney and chill. Maybe we’ll watch the Angels game. My boy Torii went deep yesterday. I was watching on the plane and was pretty excited about that. He was pretty pumped about that. I shot him a text. Told him to pull this thing off and try to make it a little L.A. thing. That would be exciting.
We’ve been doing this all year, you know that. We’ve been coming back all year. It shows the character of our team. Now that’s two wins and one to go. It shows we can beat the best pitchers in the league and we definitely proved that the past two days and we got another tough pitcher on St. Louis and hope we can wrap it up Saturday.
I’m sure for the opposing side, it’s hard to play, but it pumps us up. Now we have to go there and listen to their crowd. We just have to be relaxed and grind out and get the job done.
Nothing we do surprises me. We’ve come back a lot this year. We showed we never give up. It’s hard to beat a team like that.
Ninth inning, we thought we had a chance. We got to their bullpen and got it done. I gotta say, the ball off Loney’s bat, I thought it was over. But you never know, with all the towels waving. It was tough to see off the bat out there. And when it was over, on the field it was awesome, man.
I don’t want to get too excited, but at that moment that was the most exciting moment of my life in baseball right there. It feels good, man. Really, you can’t describe it. That was the loudest I’ve ever heard a crowd at Dodger Stadium.
We were loose before the game, just like any game. Everybody was listening to music, laid back, getting their work in. Just chillin’. Then when the game started, we definitely felt good and it showed when we came out. And when we scored after they scored, the momentum shifted, the crowd fed off that, and we fed off the crowd.
On that popup that fell in the first, I was playing a little deeper on Ryan Ludwick, he’s swinging hard, and it was one of those in a perfect position. If I dove for the ball, me and Ronnie Belliard were so close, it was too late to call him off. We were both right there. It was just in a perfect spot. But then Rafael Furcal hits a line drive when we come up. You know, he really does well against Cardinals, I think he has their number. He gets on and he makes things happen. You saw that tonight.
Now tomorrow, we just have to do the same thing with the same approach. We got to Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright is the same, he’ll throw strikes. We just need to play the way we did tonight. As a team, all around, we were just about perfect, we did everything right today except that we could have scored more runs.
So, I’m out now, going straight home because we’ve got a quick comeback tomorrow. We still got a game to win, you know. In fact, we’ve got 10 games to win.