JEREMY BONDERMAN: I don't know, I
pitched two games, so I mean the pressure of, you
know, what's going on, you know how you're going
to feel going out there, just go out and pitch your
game and kind of let you calm down a little bit.
How conscious have you been as
the season has progressed about the need to
hit and bunt in the postseason? Did you try to
sneak in a few extra days in the cage?
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I did this week.
I'm not a very good hitter, so I don't really worry
about it too much.
Who's the best hitter among the
pitchers on your team?
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I don't know,
maybe Kenny, I guess. He's got a hit. So is Nate,
I don't know. I wouldn't say they're very good.
You were 0-for-18 this year as a
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I'm not exactly
sure what it is.
Q. Have you come close to getting a hit
or hitting the ball out or anything like that that
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I hit the ball? I
I wouldn't say I've come close to a hit, no.
It seems they're about to announce
a new labor agreement between the players
and the owners, that would be an
unprecedented run of prosperity and no labor
problems. You, I'm sure, were a kid back in '94
when they canceled the World Series. What did
you think back then as a fan of that? And since
then, what does it mean for the game, do you
think, that they can go on and do this?
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I don't really
remember too much of the one back in '94 when
they had a problem, because I didn't really care
that much. But now that I'm playing, I think it's
good for the game, because I think baseball is
drawing a lot of fans. And there's a lot of good
things going on with this sport.
To have a strike or something like that
would not be very -- I don't think it would be very
good for the game.
Can you assess the Cardinals'
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I don't know
exactly who all is going to be in there. I know their
main guys, and they have got some guys that are
up front with Eckstein and whoever they bat
second. Those are two guys you've really got to
concentrate on to try to avoid having people on
base with Pujols coming up behind them. You've
got Edmonds and Rolen, Juan Encarnacion,
you've got some good hitters.
I don't really try to overanalyze these guys,
because they're all human. They all make outs.
You've just got to go out and attack them, try to put
them on the defense.
Throughout the postseason players
on your team have talked about the impact that
your manager has on everybody, just in terms
of what he does, how he motivates. For you,
personally, what sort of things does he do to
light a fire and to make you the best that you
JEREMY BONDERMAN: He always tries
to find a way to motivate players. He challenges
you in certain situations to elevate your game by
just little things he'll say to you in important
situations to kind of calm you down or to try to
motivate you to reach another level in your game.
Somehow he finds a way to do that with all 25
Just give an example of what's a
little thing he might have said to you.
JEREMY BONDERMAN: Like when I get
in trouble during the inning or something he'll come
out and he'll say, forget about the runner. Let's
focus on this guy, make him hit a ground ball.
Most of the times when he comes out and says
things like that, good things happen for our team.
What do you remember about your
encounters with Pujols during the June game
and how does that apply here?
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I don't think it
applies at all, to be honest with you. It's a long
time ago. I can't really remember too much of it. I
know what he does. I know the impact he can
have on a game. If I have a base open, I'm not
going to be afraid to walk him. But if the situation
calls for it I will pitch to him and I won't be scared
to do it.
You've just touched on that a little
bit with Pujols, you talked about the way the
Cardinal lineup stacks up. Have you talked
about how to handle him with guys on and
guys not on, and when to be aggressive and
when not to be?
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I think
everybody is a different style of pitcher, especially
with our team. Our starting staff, we have the
lefties and Verlander. The way I pitch, I'm going to
go inside, I'm going to throw breaking balls, elevate
it. I'm going to do what I can to keep him off
balance and not let him sit with one.
Your old manager Alan Trammell
was named bench coach for the Cubs
yesterday. How much happiness is there on
your guys' part to see him get back in the
JEREMY BONDERMAN: I'm happy for
him. He's a great guy. It wasn't probably the best
thing with the teams we had in the past here. We
couldn't get healthy, didn't have the right -- just
didn't seem like we had the right pieces here when
he was here. But I'm happy for him that he has an
opportunity to maybe have another managerial
spot in the future.
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