I tried to keep it as normal as I could today. It’s so important to us to keep the same routine at all times — for me anyway. Because you want to make everything as usual as you can. Same routine as far as practice is concerned. I don’t try harder, I don’t try to figure out something new — which is sometimes a temptation that we all have, thinking, “We’ve been going at this one level, now do we have to take it up a notch for the playoffs?”
No, you just want to keep it the same, remain the same, stick to the basics. Personally, that’s what I’ve been trying to do, and I know that’s what the team does. And that’s exactly what we’re focusing on.
But yeah, we are very excited. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being excited. I think it’s great to enjoy all of this. That’s what we must do.
I’m enjoying every second of it. You know, my teammates, just the energy around the clubhouse, the energy around the town. When you go to the supermarket, anywhere you go, they have people wishing you good luck, saying nice things, saying, “Oh, thank you so much!” And you are like, “Oh, you are welcome!” I don’t really know what to say, but I am really appreciative of all the support.
(Time to take the podium for the media. You can read what more of what I said here in my interview session with teammate James Shields).