Results tagged ‘ Carlos Pena ’

Another Great Game, another great plane ride

penaperez550x250.jpgSaturday’s win was so exciting. I’m just glad I was able to experience that. I was actually telling our hitting coach, Steve Henderson, that I had the best seat in the house when B.J. Upton hit that home run. It was a loud crack of the bat and the fans went up in a roar; and to me, that was the coolest thing ever. That was such a cool thing to experience. And I was telling everyone how cool that was. I was like, “Man, I’m really lucky I had the best seat in the house.”

It was so great to win this ballgame, and in extra innings! To get on that plane and actually enjoy the plane ride to Boston is totally different than if we had lost. You don’t even know what a difference it is.

Here at home, the fans are behind us, and to go to Boston, we understand we are going to Fenway Park, but we have proven it to everybody that we have won and we have done it. And that’s very important for us now, you know? We can. So we got to go out there and play like we are playing in our backyard. And for me, I kind of am. My mom and dad are going to be there, so it will be cool to see them.penaswing550x250.jpg 

Savoring the Moment

pena275x375.jpgI went to the beach this morning. It is something I like to do as much as I possibly can. So I went down there and spent a little time at the beach — it’s the best thing about living in St. Pete is the beach is right there. I went to the Madeira Beach and then headed over to the stadium. I was thinking on my way over to the stadium: Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just actually hit pause and pause this moment?

That’s what we were just talking about in the clubhouse. It would be nice to press pause and have it happen a little bit slower, then press rewind and do it again. We are so excited, and I appreciate what’s going on and you kind of want it to go slowly, instead of so fast, so it would be nice to pause all of this.

I have enjoyed every single moment, so much that I wish I could rewind it and do it again and again and make it last forever.

But we are excited. We are getting really excited and are truly appreciating every moment. The ALCS starts tomorrow, I know, but it would be nice to pause all of this and really cherish it.

It’s like Christmas Eve With Thursday’s Opener Almost Here

Pena.jpgI 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).

Its like Christmas Eve With Thursdays Opener Almost Here

Pena.jpgI 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).