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Ron Darling talks to Tom Seaver, Johan Santana
Ron Darling sits down with Tom Seaver and Johan Santana for a joint interview that will debut at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on SNY.
Click below for extensive highlights from the show that SNY was kind enough to send along.
Nothing controversial here, alas. Darling should have asked them about Strahan (see post below).Excerpts from SNY Spotlight "Mets Aces"
Darling: Asking about their "greatest professional moment"
"Enjoy the journey. It's the enjoyment of the journey and all of a
sudden it comes with the last out."
"I would say, coming from a Latin country, Venezuela, and being the
first one to win a Cy Young, I thing that was the greatest moment ever.
Because, all the things that you represent for your home country. And
then when I went back home, to see the happiness, the joy, in the
people's faces, it was really nice. It makes you appreciate what you
do, and makes you better... because its not just for you - you are doing
it for a whole country that loves you. It's a great feeling."
Darling: Asking about the toughest hitters they ever faced?
"Wille McCovey, San Francisco, we still talk about it...bases loaded, 3
balls 2 strikes to Willie McCovey, I throw him a changeup, he strikes
out. Jerry Grote meets me half way to the mound and says, "nice pitch,
and says what was it?" I said it was a changeup, he says, "you don't
have a changeup." I threw a pitch I didn't have, I made it up right now
and if I walk him, go to first base and let one run cross, I am not
giving up four!"
"One of my toughest hitters I have faced was Edgar Martinez, he was a
great hitter. I remember facing him in Seattle, I threw him, I don't
know, 12 pitches, and that's the thing, you have to be mentally
strong...because they can frustrate you like this...if you go by one
pitch or one at bat. It was a full count and I threw him a fastball
away and he hit it in Safeco Field way out there in right field."
Darling: Asking about their father's influence on their
competiveness in sports...
"My dad would play a game of golf like I would pitch, or vice-versa. He
would play gold in a certain way, and when a hitter comes up, we already
have in our mind what we are going to do, and you also have in your mind
what is going to happen when you don't get to where you want to go.
Your game-plan starts here, and if it goes this way you have a plan or
if it goes that way, that's what pitching is, its not called throwing,
"My dad never talked to me about baseball, how he played the game. I
just wanted to be like him, because he played the game, and he used to
take me and my brother to his games - and that is how everything
Darling: Asking about their thoughts on the media and athletes?
"I think on the whole they do a good job, until there are things that
are personal that are brought into it, or things that people have hidden
"It's part of the game, you just have to learn how to play with it,
learn how to deal with it and you know...and the fans have the right to
know what is going on in the game, as long as they are doing it the
right way, it should be fine."
Darling: Asking about their pitching mentality?
"I think it came with the job description - that was part of it - the
game is different today. One because of the finances, you have an arm
like this, and you are paying the amount that Johan is making, and you
dont want to jeopardize that. I think that has diminished or changed
lets say of what a starting pitcher is. It just was expected that on
days that you were really good, you would finish the game."
"It's everyday, every time I go out there, I don't want to come out.
That's the way I approach the game. But I also, like you said, the game
has changed, so we adjust to all of that. A pitching staff is prepared
to work the whole game, my mindset is that I want to throw the first
pitch and the last pitch of that game...."
Darling: Asking about how they mentally prepare for your starts?
"In the beginning of my career I was in the bullpen, and to be honest
with you, I had no clue, I was just a little kid happy to be in the big
leagues...and trying to overpower hitters. Everything is a learning
process and that is how it goes, that is how everything is taught for