I’m devastated. I’ll be honest with all of you. I’m devastated and very sad, I can’t lie.
At the same time, I also am smart enough to know it has been a magical season all the way up to this point. I’m proud that I think, not only myself, but the whole entire team, we had faith — even on that last pitch — that something good was going to happen, that we were still going to find a way to win this series. And because of that unwavering faith we had, I’m extremely proud of this ballclub. But I still can’t believe that this is the end. I thought that this perfect story needed a perfect ending. This is not what I had in mind.
I’m proud because my team thought the same way right up until the last pitch. At the same time, we have to tip our hats. You have to learn how to lose. The good thing is that now we know defeat, but we know defeat in the World Series. And we have tasted victory in the playoffs. So for that, we’re very grateful.
Many great ones that have played this game have never gotten to this point to experience defeat or victory. And we understand that. We treat this with respect. We understand how blessed we are to get to this point. And let’s not forget this has been an incredibly magical season, and one that nobody thought could ever be possible. So in a sense, we are victorious in all aspects, actually, just to get to this point.
It’s been amazing, and I think we have inspired many. And that in itself needs to be a victory for us. So for now, it’s our duty to make sure we look at this situation with good perspective. And that is, looking at the overall picture, we are victorious. We are winners.