The play …
I talked with Michael Barrett the other day about a number of topics, mostly last season and everything he went through. My story goes into that more but I didn’t, for lack of space, get too much into the play in Colorado, something Barrett talked a lot about.
Barrett entered the game late after starter Josh Bard left the game and was on the field in the 13th inning when the Rockies rallied for the victory on Jamey Carroll’s sac fly that scored Matt Holliday from third base.
"I went in around the sixth or seventh inning and it was like ‘we’ve got to hold them, we’ve got to hold them,’ the whole time. Just having that feeling is what you live for, what you play for. Right before the play happened, I went out to Trevor [Hoffman] and told him we were going to get out of this. I said it will all the confidence in the world. I knew that Trevor was going to get out of it.
"With Jamey Carroll up, I’ve known him for years and I Knew he wasn’t going to hit a ball out our outfielders. I knew with Holliday at third, we’ve get him out [on a play at the plate]. When the ball was hit, I couldn’t stand in front of the plate because the ball wasn’t there yet. I blocked the plate at the last minute and he was called safe and the place just erupted.
"It was like time stopped. For a moment, the world stopped turning. All I wanted was to go to the playoffs. I was just standing there, wondering what happened. The roaring of the crowd was just numbing."