I got to see more pitches. I got over 30 at-bats in three days. When I got back to playing in the regular games, it just seemed to click.
Everyone knows my history in Cleveland. Very fond memories. I have a ton of respect for everyone over there that I played with. The bottom line is, it was neat. It brought a lot of memories of old. I was telling the guys in the dugout it seemed different being on that side than the other side.
I think everyone knows my history in Cleveland -- very fond memories. I have a ton of respect for everyone over there that I've played with. It brought back a lot memories of old.
To be honest, I don't comment on things like that. I try not to go there.
With the emergence of Ryan Howard, who had a tremendous year, to be honest, I didn't really know what would happen,
Being hurt last year and having those injuries, I think it has kind of put it all in perspective for me as to how much I really appreciate the game.
It's a very close-knit group. I would say very, very similar (to the Indians), for sure.
It felt good. It was a big situation for us. Playing the Indians brought back a lot of fond memories for me. I have a lot of respect for all those guys over there.
I sign every autograph I can for kids because I remember myself at that age. I think it's ridiculous that some guys won't sign for a kid.
There's an inner feeling you get when you get in a situation to do well in a game. It's hard to explain.
I think it's a very well constructed lineup. There's a thought process. I'm just happy to be in it.
It's going to be tough for him, too, because of Mom. Mom spent a lot of time here.
The main thing is the health. When you have a big hit to get your team going, it feels good any time.
I had the back and elbow injury that put me on the shelf for a long time. I haven't had a bat in my hand in a competitive situation for almost half a season. It was just nice for me to get back out again and get a feel for the game.
It just was weird walking in here, nothing bad. Looking out in this angle (from the visiting dugout) is big-time different.
I really enjoyed my time in Philadelphia, and I want to thank my teammates and the fans for a heck of a ride.
They've accomplished something I haven't. I've been close a couple of times, but I haven't reached that ultimate goal. At this stage of my career, it's about winning. It really is. It's all about winning that final game of the year, and they've done that.
I think what really helped was going down to the minor leagues. I had that little hamstring deal, and then I had sat out a couple games. I think I came back and struck out like three times. I felt I needed to go down and get some at-bats, and it worked out good.
We swung the bats really well today. This was a huge series for us - we knew we had to step it up against them, because they have been playing really well.
I've been out half the year, so today was a big day for me, getting out there, just seeing the pitching. The two balls I hit were good passes. For me, that's where I look. What kind of passes, how I feel in the box. Being out half the year, I was really happy with the first day, for sure.
Jermaine is a very professional hitter and he has very good at-bats. He kinda kick started it and helped us against (Brad) Radke. It's like, 'Who is going to do it today' I think we are rocking and rolling here.
It's nice and it's always great to start off well. But let's keep it going. It seems there's someone who steps up each day. It's fun. It's like, 'Who's going to do it today' We're really rockin' and rollin' here.
You don't have to be really fast to be a good base-runner. When you get out there, it's important to concentrate and understand the game situations.
I'll be honest, my back is really just a maintenance issue. I had a few problems last year, but it's never been anything I have to worry about. I've had periods where I've had a sore back, but I think every player gets that.
My favorite thing to do is still to go back to Peoria, go to my cabin and hunt with the boys. This is a great lifestyle, don't get me wrong. But fun for me is going back with my buddies I grew up with.