October 14, 2005
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA: Game Three
Q. Congratulations first of all.
FREDDY GARCIA: Thank you.
Q. When did you fly in and what was that whole experience like as far as having your daughter and then getting here?
FREDDY GARCIA: I flew in last night. She was due during the game. I was watching the game, waking up with her. No, it's pretty good. A lot of stuff for me. I never seen that before, and that was a really good experience.
Q. I think you'll have an extra day of rest when you start tomorrow night. Is that a positive effect or any kind of effect for you?
FREDDY GARCIA: Maybe that's good for me. I've got a lot of innings, I've been throwing a lot this year, and a couple days off, you know, it feels pretty good. I'll be ready for tomorrow.
Q. You've pitched in a couple of clinchers this year and so has your scheduled opponent, (Ervin) Santana. Can you talk about what you've seen of Santana this year?
FREDDY GARCIA: You know, I don't worry about him. I've got to worry about the guys I have to face. The hitters, they have to worry about Santana, no me. I've got to face the line-up. So far as I can see, he's pretty good.
Q. You threw a lot of pitches in a short amount of time against Boston. Was there something that was happening there? You mentioned maybe too long of a rest between starts and now you'll have the same amount of rest, was there something that happened at that Boston game?
FREDDY GARCIA: You know, like I said, I'm the kind of pitcher, I like to pitch every five days. With Boston it was like seven days. Sometimes that's no good for me. I think I'll be fine. I'll throw a couple bullpen before this start, and I think I'll be ready to go tomorrow.
Q. Several scouts said your velocity was down this year. If that's true do you have any explanation for it?
FREDDY GARCIA: Not really, no. When you throw a lot of innings, you know, if you see the last seven years I've been throwing 200 innings plus, so maybe that's from throwing a lot. I don't really worry about my velocity. I can throw hard, whatever, but if I don't hit my spot and I don't throw the pitch I want to throw, that's when I get in trouble.
Q. In the start before the last one, you had figured out how to get back to your slider. Was the slider a problem for you in the last start?
FREDDY GARCIA: You know, no, not really. Maybe my control, you know, I throw a lot of pitch. If I throw 100 pitch, I don't think there's any problem with my slider right now. I don't think about it. I've got to go there tomorrow and do my job.
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