Any energy spent feeling sorry for yourself is wasted energy
The single by Chase Utley in the ninth inning should have been a foul ball. He hit it, and the ball definitely hit his leg. The umpires didn’t see it. I also thought he was out at first base, but they said my throw pulled Todd Helton off the bag. They ended up getting a sacrifice fly from Ryan Howard for the go-ahead run. Now we have to win to stay alive.
This was disappointing. But that’s the thing. You can’t get it back. So to spend more energy … We can argue all night long whether the ball hit him. We can argue all night long whether he was safe at first base. Actually, there’s not much of an argument. It’s right there on video. But we can’t change it. That’s the truth of the situation. That’s the fact, the reality that you have to move forward with. From there, it’s pretty simple. What are we going to do tomorrow to force a Game 5?
That’s the bottom line. We lost today. That’s part of the game, figuring out a way. How many times have we lost, then won two in a row? That’s all that’s left in front of us, to win two games in a row. You do it one game at a time, one pitch at a time, one out, one moment. As long as you don’t spend too much time and energy dwelling on everything that you want to scream about … You’ve got to move past it. You have to be stronger than the situation. Just show up tomorrow ready to work.
Both of my parents never let me make excuses. They never let you pout. They never let me throw my helmet after an at-bat or come in after a school test and explain why. There was never any talking about things by saying, “That’s unfair.” You can either spend time thinking about what’s unfair, or you can spend time thinking about changing your situation. So any energy spent on feeling sorry for yourself is wasted energy.