Considering that Atlanta’s Braves had a 3-1 lead in their NLCS matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020’s postseason, only to lose to the eventual World Series winners in Game 7, Brian Snitker was asked after his club’s loss in Game 5 of this year’s World Series if there is any additional pressure on the NL East champs to close the 117th Fall Classic out, and prove that they can perform and win on this stage?
“The pressure is getting here,” Snitker said dismissing that thinking.
“We’re in the World Series right now. There’s no pressure. Like I say, it’s pressure in the NLCS when you’re trying to get here. We all want to finish this off, but there’s no pressure. We’re one of two teams remaining in our sport, and there’s no — I don’t know that these guys have — I’ve sensed any kind of pressure out of these guys internally.
“The only time I hear about that is in this [interview] room. In that room out there, [the clubhouse], I never hear it.”
So his club is just enjoying being on this stage and playing to be the last team standing?
“I know these players are. They’re having fun playing this thing. They’re in the World Series. My God, like I told them, you’re never guaranteed this, so enjoy it.”
Houston Astros’ skipper Dusty Baker talked after his team extended the World Series with a win in Game 5, about earning the right to play one or two more in their home park.
“We have to win two, and they have to win one,” Baker told reporters on Monday’s workout day in Houston.
“But we came back today. We didn’t come back last night. That would have been back too late. Let the guys get semi-rest.
“We came back, actually, right now. So I think that was a good choice. The Braves are also coming back here a little later this afternoon. I mean, the guys are happy, but they weren’t like really overjoyed. They know that we still have work to do, and like when we — you want to go up there and win three. When it didn’t happen in Game 1 and Game 2, you’re behind the eight ball, then you change your rally cry to we just want to get back to the H-town. We want to come back home.
“Now our whole thing is win Game 1, which is Game 6, and then put us in a position to win Game 7.”
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