Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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
  Tags: angels, red sox, twins

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   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

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
robneyer
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogHitting coaches blamed for lack of offense - Sports - The Boston Globe
(15 - 10:19pm, Oct 20)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogCould the Yankees ever be Royals? Young and athletic K.C. is everything that Bombers are not - NY Daily News
(28 - 10:18pm, Oct 20)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

NewsblogCalcaterra: So, if you’re not a fan of the Royals or Giants, who ya got?
(79 - 10:15pm, Oct 20)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(8364 - 10:15pm, Oct 20)
Last: Srul Itza

NewsblogBrisbee: The 5 worst commercials of the MLB postseason
(132 - 10:03pm, Oct 20)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogFan Returns Home Run Ball to Ishikawa; Receives World Series tickets
(30 - 9:45pm, Oct 20)
Last: Lars6788

NewsblogOT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies
(2765 - 9:39pm, Oct 20)
Last: Guapo

NewsblogDealing or dueling – what’s a manager to do? | MGL on Baseball
(11 - 9:38pm, Oct 20)
Last: Merton Muffley

NewsblogSielski: A friend fights for ex-Phillie Dick Allen's Hall of Fame induction
(66 - 9:15pm, Oct 20)
Last: Merton Muffley

NewsblogPitch from Zito helped sell Hudson on Giants | MLB.com
(6 - 9:15pm, Oct 20)
Last: the Hugh Jorgan returns

NewsblogWhy Royals great Frank White no longer associates with the team whose stadium he built - Yahoo Sports
(19 - 9:06pm, Oct 20)
Last: A New Leaf (Black Hawk Reign of Terror)

NewsblogAngell: Gigantic
(38 - 8:22pm, Oct 20)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - October 2014
(272 - 7:27pm, Oct 20)
Last: andrewberg

NewsblogMorosi: Could Cain’s story make baseball king of sports world again?
(97 - 6:24pm, Oct 20)
Last: BDC

NewsblogESPN: Brian Roberts retires
(22 - 6:19pm, Oct 20)
Last: Captain Supporter

Page rendered in 0.2054 seconds
52 querie(s) executed