It’s very tough to sit around. The mental part of it is so difficult. Even all day today, not knowing, hearing the weather reports and saying, "Here we go again." I think it’s hurt our club more than anybody because we haven’t played. We played a game, then had a day off, which affects the timing for our hitters. There’s only so much hitting you can do inside.
It’s draining, even for me, the broadcaster. I’m drained. I’m thinking, "Should I start thinking, going through things in my head?" How long do we have tonight?" You gear it up, no matter what you do. So you think of a player that really has to be physically and mentally ready at the same time, it’s a tough deal. This is tough for both teams, but timing-wise, I think it really affects us.
I don’t think a day off can help the hitters. You have to be in action to play. You can take all the batting practice you want, look at video, work on things, but I think the problem with our team’s batting average is we haven’t played, starting with the week off before the Series started. We played two games at home, got a day off, played one game, day off and who knows what’s going to happen tonight? Game action is the thing. To me, it’s an advantage to the Cardinals more than us.
These guys, they don’t change their routine. There are some guys playing cards, some guys hanging out in the trainer’s room telling jokes and stories with the trainers — they all have their own different areas to go. Some guys are watching TV; they’ve probably done all the video-watching of the opposing pitcher and all that stuff. Once their meetings are over with, then they gear it down again. They have one indoor cage here at Busch Stadium, so they take turns having their swings, but for them, tonight, they have to say to themselves, "When do we turn it on?" Because it’s starting to rain again and the weather reports are horrible, so it makes it tough.
I think what happened in New York with the Game 2 rainout in the AL Division Series has something to do with why Major League Baseball waited so long last night. I don’t think anybody’s to blame for what happened in New York. It was just a little mixup. I think in a way it was used to our advantage: the big boys in New York, and here we are, the Tigers. Remember, all they heard when we got in Sunday was "Subway Series." Well, no Subway Series now!
I like what Jim Leyland said about keeping the rotation the same. These are the guys who got us here. Here’s our guys — they’ve earned the spot. I would think if he would change it, though, it would be done the right way. He would know the right way to do it, communicating and so forth.
In ’68, Mickey Lolich pitched the seventh game on two days’ rest and had nasty stuff. I asked Mike Shannon last night, "Mike, how was Lolich in the seventh game?" "Nasty," he said. But Mayo Smith didn’t change the lineup or give anybody a day off. There was no reason to do that. You have the guys who got you there, and nobody’s tired at this point. They’re hyped up.