I look at this as a second life, if you will. I needed the intensity aspect of every pitch matters, ... Every game feels like an event, a playoff kinda game. Having experienced that a few times, I think I not only like it but I need it.
It's one of those games where we're talking to ourselves about how it played out. When you're called upon, I don't care if you haven't pitched in five days; we as major league pitchers, we have to be prepared for any situation.
I would think [he'll do well] with his experience as a catcher on world championship teams and then coaching with Joe, sitting next to him and picking his brain, ... I know a lot of guys that have coached, and then when they become managers, they change. Hopefully he won't change.
When you've got kids old enough to respond and tell you what they think, that plays a big part, ... My son's thinking it's pretty cool, playing with A-Rod and Jeter and all these guys, so he'd probably vote to stay.
We were in a bad spot going to Game 5, ... And we put ourselves in a bad moment. But everybody felt good about what the outcome should have been or what we thought it would have been. I don't want to say (the plane ride was) sad. But it was about as depressing a room as I've ever seen.
Some people are born into money. Some are given the opportunity in a lucky way. I got where I am by a lucky bounce along the way. There have been opportunities to help people in need. There are charitable causes where you can give people hope and opportunity to turn that corner. It's the right thing to do.
It was an absolute joy coming back to the organization that I started in. I hadn't experienced a meaningful relief role since 1993, when I came back from some injuries and was basically setting up for Duane Ward in the postseason.
This is what I was hoping for. I think the tournament is a great thing for baseball and I really wanted to be a part of it. If it ends up being the last time I pitch I would be very satisfied with that. This was one of the big reasons I decided to keep playing.