Sometimes your bench players are your most important players.
Izzy gave me the ball. Usually, he steals them all. Today, he flipped it to me and I'll put it in my trunk.
The Cubs, the last couple of times I've pitched against them, have taken a good approach on me and gotten the better of me. I don't know if it's just them now or what.
It's different facing hitters. I just wanted to see some results and gain confidence in as close to game situation as I could.
That was my whole point, for them to swing the bat. I only had a certain amount of pitches and he was standing in there.
The Cubs take a good approach and they've got something on me that I keep doing, whether it's offspeed pitches or when I'm ahead in the count.
I wanted to get on the mound and throw to some guys live and get a batter.
The defense stepped up to the challenge of getting ready for a team with only one day rest. They came away with a shutout.
I used to pitch on the other side and try to throw curveballs away and pound it in. From this side, it's sinkers away and cutters away. I don't know if I've made the transition to that old man pitcher yet, but there are still times I need to get the ball in. I was able to do it and get ground balls. Yeah, I'm pleased with it.
There's days when you don't have your sharp one. There's counts to use your curveball when you don't need your sharp one. Behind in the count or first pitch to certain guys - you can just flip it in there. But you don't want to get burned on one of those.
Fortunately, I'm still wearing the uniform after all this time. For me to be able to pitch that last game is definitely something special. It's definitely an honor. ... Like an opening day start, you miss the whole hoopla going on, but you're a big part of it as well.
I've seen them do it a number of times, flip it over into those boxes. I didn't think he hit it as good as he did, and I don't think he hit it that good anyway -- but it went out.
I didn't get my chance to pitch here again, and that's disappointing. I grew up here. I grew up playing ball here. My whole professional life playing ball has been here. It's disappointing to see (Busch Stadium) come down. But I've learned through the years that I think the change will be good for the city, the team and the organization.
I'm not sure the status of Reggie, but he looked good today. He always looks good in a suit, so he was walking on the plane, big old smile. I'm sure he's got some aches and pains, but I have a good feeling he'll be back in the lineup.