Except for a few pitches, he pitched great. We really wanted to give him the win. It was a gutsy performance by him. We couldn't get enough runs for him and it's a little frustrating.
More Quotes from Derrek Lee:I said, 'If we get here, I sign the deal -- simple as that. Jim and I have a pretty good relationship where we can talk. We talked a couple of times here at the end. He knew where I was coming from, and that helped smooth things out.
You're still playing baseball. It's not like you're playing golf or something like that. You are playing on a competitive basis and whenever you get that adrenaline going early, it could help.
I think he's the best, period, in center field. Defense gets overlooked. But some days, even if you aren't going good offensively, you can bring good defense and help your team.
Every time the other team has made a mistake, we've taken advantage of it. And, fortunately, we haven't made very many mistakes.
When that ball got out, it was like, man, such a proud feeling. When you hit one in the season, it's like, OK, you did your job. This was more like hitting a ball for your whole country.
Same way as I always do. I put pressure on myself to perform the best way I can every day. I take it as a challenge to go out there and perform at my highest level. You don't worry about outside influences.
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