As far as the playoffs themselves, there's not really much difference,.. The fact I was able to hit this home run this first year playing, I'm very happy.
All this year I've been fooled by Wells' curves,.. I went out trying to hit today, and I'm happy it happened.
I'm out there trying to make a positive play, and it turns out to be negative. It's tough to take. More than forget about it, I want to make sure it never happens again.
There are six games left in the series so we don't have to feel disappointed,.. We can make this series interesting if we start playing our style of baseball.
Unfortunately, I've decided to withdraw from the squad. I informed manager Sadaharu Oh of my decision by fax yesterday.
It was fun just to come to this park,.. It was my first trip to Safeco. Yesterday, Ichiro hit his 13th and today I battled back with my 13th.
You know players are asked to deliver better in their second seasons than in their rookie years. Hitting.300 with 30 or more stolen bases? That's my goal and hopefully I'll be in the World Series again by fulfilling my role on the team.
I definitely want to build my batting average. I also think I can start running more this year. I've always wanted to be put in that position and to hit and run more.
As far as being asked to play in the WBC, I am incredibly happy and incredibly honored to be asked. It just didn't work out this year. I definitely wanted to perform here in the camp in the beginning, especially with the change in the batting order.