World Series Thoughts

What an exciting World Series this is turning out to be. The last two outings for Brad Lidge have been rough. Having faced him a few times in interleague games I can tell you that he has great stuff with one of the better sliders in the majors. Pujols’ and Podsednik’s homers are examples that even though Lidge is a very good pitcher even he can be hit. When you throw a pitch to a big league hitter anything can happen.
    His last two homeruns given up remind me of the 2001 World Series in which our closer for the Diamondbacks was Byung-Hung Kim. He gave up two homeruns on two consecutive nights with two outs in World Series games 4 and 5 which allowed the Yankees to take the series the distance. We still won that World Series so don’t count Houston out.
    They call it the World Series for a reason. Major League baseball players are the best in the world. Major leaguers come from all over the globe. United States, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia, China, Korea, Aruba, and Panama are some of the countries that are birth places of current players.
   I hate to bring it back up but I remember before Game 1 of the 2001 series each individual player had to go into the media room and look into the camera and say their name, position and country they were born in. David Dellucci, outfielder, United States of America. Why? Because the World Series are televised all over the world to many many countries. That is pretty awesome to know that people are watching these games in countries that I can’t even spell.
Do you think the Series is over? How can Houston come back? I know these questions are on everyone’s minds. It won’t be easy but it can be done. Take a never say die attitude and play to win not to lose. Watching all of the camera shots at the guys on the bench last night, I could see that the Astros were down on themselves. They appeared to be thinking about what they were not doing instead of what they need to do. It is easy to focus on the negative. BE POSITIVE!
    The Astros have to trick their mind into breaking the game down as much as they can. What? OK here it goes. ‘We’ve got to win 4 games in a row.’ Wrong way to think. That is extremely tough to do in the Major Leagues and even tougher in the World Series. Break it down. How does a team ultimately win the game? Win every inning. Easy. Let’s go even further. "We’ve got to beat the other team EVERY pitch of the game."
    Confused? When hitting your ultimate goal is to get a hit. When pitching your goal is to get an out. Battle pitch by pitch. Not ‘at bat’ by ‘at bat.’ Win each pitch and you will win the ‘at bat.’ Win the most ‘at bats’ and you will win the game.
    Also, don’t miss your pitch. Houston seems to be fouling off or flying out on pitches that they should be hammering. Maybe they were trying to hard. I think the Astros had a defensive mindset at the plate. ‘Don’t strike out. Don’t swing at a bad pitch.’ You can’t take that attitude and succeed. Their bodies know what to do. Their minds are getting in the way. Let your instincts take over and you’ll be surprised how much better you play.
    Break it down. Clear your mind. See the ball as well as you can. Put a good swing on it. Watch the ball hit the bat. This doesn’t guarantee a hit but it makes your chances a whole lot better. Lastly, BE POSITIVE!
I’ll be back after the Series!
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19 Comments

Great post, David! Love the blog and your positive attitude.

*julie*

http://thebravesgirl.mlblogs.com

David,
hi this is caroline(12) i really like the rangers….and esipcally all the players aka you!!! Well im cheering for the Astros in the World Series because if they win they would be the first texas team to win a world series. Well i was hoping this year that the rangers would make it to the playoffs. But HAPPY BIRTHDAY in 5 days…….i bet its weird having your birthday on Halloween……. Out of my entire school just me and all the guys like baseball, but im trying to get the girls to start liking it they all say they have to go to a ranger game with me someday…..but i dont know if i can go to opening day because yall are playing against boston(eww)and theres already going to be alot of people including since its opening day!! So how is it going in Louisana it sounds terrible!! i sent you a letter this year and you gave me back a rookie card i think but it was really cool and i wanted to thank you…..

Well write back please

by the way this is my moms email

~!*CaRoLiNe GrAhAm*!~

age:12

Hello!
You have just proven why I have become such a fan of yours! Life isn’t always easy and you have to take it just like you described playing baseball! Some days are easy and you rock along with no problems, some days you have to take every “pitch” that is thrown at you one at a time. Attitude is everything!! You got to stay POSITIVE!!

Bless their hearts. It would have been nice for Houston to win, but now it gives the Rangers a chance to be the first Texas team to win a game in the World Series or better yet the whole thing!! Got to think POSITIVE!! :)

By the way, I started a thread on the Rangers message board about what people thought about instant reply in baseball. The general consensus was, no that it takes away the human element. If you get a chance you might check it out.

I hope all is going well with the foundation! We were so happy to hear Wilma would not hit Louisiana or Texas. I feel for those in Florida though.

Take care and have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

LaVonda

I want to wish you a very happy early birthday. It is sooo easy to remember yours because it is two days before mine. Last weekend I went to Jeff’s show and I bought 5 of those catch 22 bracelets (one for me, one for April, one for a friend of mine at my work and one for my friend Nicole (you have seen her with me sometimes) and her mom. I heard that they sold alot of those bracelets at the signing. I bought the first five of them.

The World Series was kind of excitting to watch. I am happy for the White Sox because they haven’t won it in so long.

Keep up the great posts.

BOO THE WHITE SOX WON! I WAS TOTALLY GOING FOR THE ASTROS SINCE OF COURSE THEIR A TEXAS TEAM! Anyways, i guess i can say, CONGRADULATIONS TO THE WHITE!

Hi David!
I can agree with your thoughts on the World Series. I tell my 12 yr. old (Will) the same thing as far as staying positive and seeing the ball. The games that you lose by 1 run are disappointing, especially when you have good pitching on both teams. I hope the Rangers get some good pitchers because the guys that are playing now, deserve a World Series championship. I think the new GM will make some great decisions in the off-season. I was watching Angels In The Outfield on TV yesterday, and it reminded me of when my boys and I came out to see the Rangers play last season, you guys would win every time we would come. I thought that was pretty cool. All of you guys are All-Stars and YOU WILL be champions in 2006. Have a wonderful Birthday David!

Happy Birthday David! Hope your day is great!! Renee

Just wanted to stop by here and say we hope you have a very Happy Birthday!!
from “Ms.Roberts” LaVonda and 18 2nd graders from Forney, TX!
:-)

Happy Birthday David

Happy 32nd Birthday, David. I hope you have a wonderful day and a wonderful year.

Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear David. Happy Birthday to you.

When you read this you must sing it. I did while writing it. Hope you have a wonderful day. Beth

I wish I could have sent you some more pralines but you will get some next year sometime.A belated birthday gift.

Dave,
Happy Birthday from Sam, Noah, and Seth Pasquin in Los Angeles. Dave, I wanted to thank you again for the letter you wrote to us last year. The boys got a thrill out of the letter and Seth took the letter to his Kinder class for show and tell. When I was attending Ole Miss at the same time as you, I always admired your positive attitude and determination when playing ball. It was fun watching you play. You were and are an asset to Ole Miss. By the way, my 2nd grade class wishes you a Happy Birthday too! Have a good one buddy.

Sam Pasquin

Dave,
Happy Birthday from Sam, Noah, and Seth Pasquin in Los Angeles. Dave, I wanted to thank you again for the letter you wrote to us last year. The boys got a thrill out of the letter and Seth took the letter to his Kinder class for show and tell. When I was attending Ole Miss at the same time as you, I always admired your positive attitude and determination when playing ball. It was fun watching you play. You were and are an asset to Ole Miss. By the way, my 2nd grade class wishes you a Happy Birthday too! Have a good one buddy.

Sam Pasquin

Hey David
HAPPY GOOLISH B’DAY TODAY! THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA IS THERE INSIDE YOUR MIND, THE PHAAAAANTOM OF THE OPPPPPPPPPPERA!

Happy Birthday David. I hope you have a happy one.

happy birthday
~!~caroline~!~

age:12

David,
I just wanted to let you know that i think everything your doing for the hurricane victims is awesome, and i think it’s really cool that you take time out of your schedule to write a blog. I am a big Texas Ranger fan, and a big fan of yours. I love to watch you and the rest of the team play. Thank You for all of the memories this past season and before, and for all future memories.

I started a fan club for you on MySpace.com and wanted to invite you to check it out sometime.

http://groups.myspace.com/DavidDellucciRocksMyWorld

Thanks and Happy Belated Birthday!

-Marissa

hey david! i didn’t know you had even started this foundation. that’s so awesome. i love reading these blogs too. i miss you and hope you’re ok. tell your mom and sister that i said hey and I miss them too. I love you all so much.
*Megan Q

the rangers will make the playoffs next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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