Just thank God it?s only the second game of the season.
Last year, I think we ran into a problem the first month of the season with guys who doubted that they belonged here. I don?t think we have to worry about that this year.
It seemed to ignite us. It got everyone excited in the dugout, too. Maybe it was the excitement we needed. Guys were going crazy like we won the World Series when (Pena) put it down.
The umpiring is an absolute joke. That?s the bottom line. It is absolutely not professional baseball that we?re playing out there. This game can get turned around on one pitch. I?m not saying professional umpires don?t miss pitches -- obviously, they do. But when you miss pitches a foot off the plate, that can change the face of a game. You guys can see it from up in the press box. You guys should call the game up there.
He was awesome. He?s been great all year. He throws strikes. Guys just don?t get good swings off him. He deserved a better fate. He deserved to win that game. He?s got a great mentality and he loves to compete.
What are you going to do, you know?. In hindsight, I guess I should have thrown him out there in the ninth. It was probably my mistake.