bleedCrimson.net: Yesterday was a game you obviously needed pretty badly in terms of salvaging the series and getting your guys feeling better about themselves after what had happened the previous three games and especially as you head out on the road for 11 straight games.
Rocky Ward: Yeah it was very, very important. After coaching for 20 years we still get nervous about games. This one I woke up before the game and and felt a little bit more pressure. It wasn’t a championship game or anything like that but I knew it was important to us for exactly what you said. We hadn’t played well. We felt like we’d given away three games even though that’s not completely the truth. Oakland played very, very well. I think to come out on Sunday and get a real good outing out of Kilgore and the t.v. game helped. It’s something we’ve always played pretty well on AggieVision. We haven’t won all those games but we’ve won most of them. We were able to get control of the game and in reality once we got control, we hadn’t had control of any of the other ones, we weren’t going to let go.
I learned a little bit about the club, not that they bounced back but when they got to the top side, they proceeded to make Oakland pay. In their own mind, once we got control of the game we were going to maintain control and keep the accelerator down and they did. That’s good. In reality that’s what you have to do anyway. Baseball is harder to do that because you play so many games and sometimes mentally and physically you get tired and in a lot of cases you get tired mentally before you get tired physically and it’s important that the guys know that if we have a couple of disappointing games that we can bounce back and it’s important that I think among the teammates that once we get control of a game we can close it out and keep the emotional volume up, even later in the game. Continue Reading This Post >>