I was warming up and one [Venezuelan] ran from the dugout. It's funny to see that because I've never been to a country where baseball is the number one sport. It's cool to see that everybody on that team is a superstar to them.
I felt good yesterday, ... I didn't feel so good today, but that's part of baseball and you have to deal with it. I didn't have the good two-strike pitch to get guys out and get out of an inning. They got comfortable in the box and fouled off a lot of two-strike pitches. I couldn't find anything that worked.
Major league baseball has asked its players to stop tossing baseballs into the stands during games, because they say fans fight over them and they get hurt. In fact, the Florida Marlins said that's why they never hit any home runs. It's a safety issue.
You can see the kids, so inspired with the game of baseball. Without that, they have no hope. They don't have proper uniforms or just wear flip-flops, or go barefoot ... but baseball is baseball, it doesn't matter if you're barefoot or flip-flopped.
There's an old saying in baseball: Take care of your own backyard, ... It's not only Georgia kids, but kids all over the Southeast. They've been watching the Braves and want to be a part of it. That's one advantage we have regionally. A lot of these kids want to be an Atlanta Brave. A lot of times, they're more signable for us than they would be for another club.