bleedCrimson.net: After today's win is the mood around the team a lot lighter and that maybe a weight has been lifted?
Rocky Ward: Yeah and in particular for Ryan Beck and Parker Hipp who were with me through the full run. I know that Parker is usually pretty active around the dugout and he was sitting on the bench with a towel over his head waiting for the last out. He couldn't look. I gave Ryan a big hug after the game. It was a big deal. It gets that out of the way. It doesn't guarantee anything for tomorrow or the next day but it gets rid of a run. Over the years I've talked to you about establishing bases. Going into the game it was starting to get to me. It hadn't gotten to me before now. We've done a lot of things with this program. We've put it on the map, gotten national rankings, led the country in statistical categories, have a couple conference championships but it was starting to weigh on me, I know that.
To see Ryan Beck go and dominate like he did again under that type of pressure made it really special. It's something that no matter what happens from this point forward, that's what athletics is about. It's one of those things with Ryan that he can go back throughout most of his life and remember that day. When the chips were down and his back was against the wall, he brought his best. To me that's more cool than anything else. The significance it might have on a player's life.
Parker had a good day but as a DH he can only impact so much. His run, he got a great break on a bases loaded wild pitch. It didn't get but about 15 feet from the catcher. He got a great break. It was going to be pretty tight but he was safe and the catcher threw the ball away and Bobby scored on the back side. That broke open the game. He obviously had a lot of impact in getting it done. Continue Reading This Post >>