October 4, 1999
NEW YORK CITY: Workout Day
Q. How important is it to win Game 1 at New York and set the tone for this Texas team?
AARON SELE: Well, I think any time it's an important series, it's nice to get out and
win Game 1. I don't think it's imperative that we win Game 1, but we're going to go out
there and give it 110 percent like we've done all year and just see what happens.
Q. Could you comment on the Yankees' line-up, as far as its patience at the plate and
if it's one of the most or the most patient line-up that you face during the year?
AARON SELE: The Yankees have a lot of experience. They make you throw a lot of pitches.
They work it to count so they can get a good swing at the ball, and you just have to throw
a lot of strikes to them and make your pitches. They're not the defending World Champions
Q. Is there an extra strong desire to get past the Yankees in particular?
AARON SELE: Well, our final goal is to get to the World Series and win the World
Series. And you've got to get past everybody. So extra strong, you could probably throw
any team out there and it would be an extra strong desire.
Q. Is there one difference that you can kind of pinpoint between the Ranger team of
last year and this year's Texas Rangers?
AARON SELE: Well, you can't compare last year's team to this year's team. I mean, it
wouldn't be fair. Wouldn't be fair to either team, really. This year, we've got a bunch of
guys that play hard. You know, we go out there, give it 110 percent for nine innings.
We've got a pitching staff that we've used differently all year long, and they have to
respond to their roles. It's just, you know, we've got a good group of guys out there that
want to win.
Q. Is it more difficult to play in Yankee Stadium in an October playoff setting, as
opposed to a setting, Sunday afternoon in July, for example?
AARON SELE: I haven't pitched in Yankee Stadium in a playoff setting yet. But being
here last year, the Yankees have some of the best fans in baseball. They come out and
really support their home team. But they do that in July also; so it's hard to say.
Q. Do you feel any more nervous going into this, given your wife's about to give birth?
AARON SELE: You know, with my wife expecting and her not being here, of course, I'm
very concerned about her and the baby. So I think that, you know, I try to turn that into
a positive. I can focus on baseball while I'm here, and when I'm away from the park, then
I can turn my attention back to my family. I think that's what most players try to do,
especially in this situation. Like you said, with the impending birth of our first child,
we're getting really excited about that, and there's a lot more nerves associated with
that than there is with baseball.
Q. You were starting to talk a little bit about the comparisons between this year and
last year. What is the difference Rafael Palmeiro has made to your team?
AARON SELE: Any time you talk about Rafael, you know, you got to talk nothing but
positives. He's a great player. He's added a lot of offense to our team. He's a real
positive person in the clubhouse, and, you know, I think anybody in baseball would like to
have a guy like that on their team.
Q. What preparations have you gone through, both mentally and physically, for Tuesday's
AARON SELE: Really, that's why, in the -- during the regular season, it's a five-day
rotation. That's why you try to maintain your normal work habits. You try to get in a
normal routine, and I've tried to maintain that. I've had six days, which happens during
the season also. I've really just tried to maintain the same: Throw on the same days, lift
on the same days, run on the same days, and that kind of monotonous routine kind of takes
away all the added pressure of your nerves, or whatever you want to call it.
Q. Aaron, the fact that the Yankees have beaten the Rangers in the playoffs the past
three years, is that something you can use to the Rangers' advantage or disadvantage?
AARON SELE: Well, personally, I don't really think about it. Last two years, we've had
real tight games with the Yankees, even in the regular season. And, you know, it's two
good ball teams playing real hard, and, you know, we both know that there's going to be
some opportunities during the course of the game that we need to take advantage of for
either team to win.
Q. Aaron, you have any thoughts on the guy you'll be facing, El Duque?
AARON SELE: He's a quality pitcher. He's given them a lot of good innings, a lot of
good games. Good thing I don't have to hit against him.
Q. Since you knew that you were going to start Game 1, have you thought at all about
what that walk from the pen out to the mound is going to be? What you're going to try to
focus on, visualize?
AARON SELE: Really, it's not going to be any different than any other game. You just
have to keep your focus and concentrate on what your game plan is. I think if you try to
add anything or change anything, that's when you just kind of disrupt what you've been
teaching yourself all year to do.
Q. Aaron, what did you learn from your first post-season start last year?
AARON SELE: Don't pitch on days it rains. Really, it's like any other game, other than
the media circus and the extra hype. You've got to locate your pitches, keep the ball down
and change speeds. If you can keep a focus on the game, then you're fine. It's when you
get caught up in everything else that I think your mind has a tendency to wander, and
that's what gets in trouble. Other than that, you got to go out there and make pitches.
Q. Can you just give a capsule evaluation of the year you think you've had throughout,
have you been as consistent as you've wanted to be?
AARON SELE: Like anybody, it's been a long year. There's been a lot of ups and downs.
You know, recently, we have been playing well as a team, and that's really, you know,
helped us or helped me personally as a starting pitcher. When the team plays well, you
know, I'm just kind of along for the ride on that kind of stuff. It's, you know, it's been
a long year, and like I said there's a lot of ups and downs, and we're all looking forward
to tomorrow. You know, we've played hard all year long, we expect to play hard tomorrow.
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