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Thursday, October 08, 2009

MLBlogs: Torii’s Storiis: This is what we play for—a shot at the ring

The Wacky Hijinks of Torii Hunter’s Adrenalin.

This is my sixth postseason, and it’s a whole new season. It doesn’t matter what you do in the regular season. It’s all about who wants it more. You see guys who hit 30, 40 homers, drive in 100 runs, and they don’t do a thing in postseason. You’ve got pitchers who dominate in the regular season and don’t win in the postseason. It’s the same game, but different.

I think guys here learned from last year, losing in four games to Boston. I’m not saying any names, but I can hear it in their voices, see it in their eyes. It’s totally different. The younger guys have that bulldog in them now. It’s what I was waiting to see, and I’m seeing it now.

I love this time of year. It takes me back to high school football in Pine Bluff, Ark., when I just wanted to go out and hit guys. I still want to hit—just a different kind of hitting.

Even though it’s the same game, the adrenaline and hype of it take you up to another level. You’ve got to block it out, go out and have fun. I don’t think anything needs to be said. We finished off on a good note, winning seven of the last eight, and we’re carrying that momentum into the postseason.

One thing about the playoffs - you don’t need any coffee. You don’t want to get too boosted up. I hurt my knee jumping up and down on a play last year against the Red Sox where I thought I was safe - and I wasn’t. The adrenaline was going crazy on me. I’m drinking straight water. Pure adrenaline is going to take over for you.

Repoz Posted: October 08, 2009 at 12:32 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Shredder Posted: October 08, 2009 at 02:15 PM (#3344863)
You see guys who hit 30, 40 homers, drive in 100 runs, and they don’t do a thing in postseason.
To which Vlad responded: Oh, se adelantan, I' m que se coloca a la derecha aquí.*

This is the Babelfish translation of "Oh, come on, I'm standing right here".
   2. Craig Calcaterra Posted: October 08, 2009 at 02:48 PM (#3344914)
Shredder: I just stole that basic observation for a blog post over at the NBC site, but (a) I credited you with it; and (b) mentioned in the hat tip that you completely beat the crap out of me in the Diamondmind league this year. If that's not enough pennance for the the theft, please let me know. ;-)
   3. Shredder Posted: October 08, 2009 at 02:57 PM (#3344924)
Well, you could trade first round draft slots with me next season.
   4. Craig Calcaterra Posted: October 08, 2009 at 03:31 PM (#3344954)
I probably should. Hell, I'd probably just draft Brad Penny or someone anyway.
   5. The Essex Snead Posted: October 08, 2009 at 04:20 PM (#3344996)
If anyone can top my drafting Kelly Johnson w/ my 2nd round pick in my league, I'd be impressed.* It's one thing to draft a good player and have them get hurt. It's another to make a very questionable overdraft, and then watch that player slowly turn into walking chum.

* I was in a league (forget the year) where the commish -- a big SF Giants fan -- drafted Rich Aurilia w/ his 1st pick, because preseason reports had Aurilia batting ahead of Bonds. That might be the biggest WTF draft move I've ever witnessed.
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: October 08, 2009 at 04:32 PM (#3345008)
If anyone can top my drafting Kelly Johnson w/ my 2nd round pick in my league, I'd be impressed.* It's one thing to draft a good player and have them get hurt. It's another to make a very questionable overdraft, and then watch that player slowly turn into walking chum.


to tie it into the thread topic slightly, I decided to go with Vlad instead of Youkilis for my last keeper spot going into this year. uggh

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