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Old Sep 22nd 2008, 10:39 pm
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Talking From the desk of Mark DeRosa....

The Pulse has been updated:

NL Central champs!
First of all, I'd like to thank the fans for how awesome the celebration was Saturday. We were so excited to do it at home. We talked during breakfast before that game that if we were lucky enough to win at home, we didn't want to get too excited or let the celebration get too out of hand because we felt it was one goal and a step to achieving many more things. The fans wouldn't have it any other way for us to enjoy the moment. You work hard for six months and to be able to celebrate in your home ballpark in front of 40,000 people and have them be a part of it, it was an awesome moment in my career.

Now, we find ourselves in a very cool predicament to be able to pretty much control who we are going to play. The work we do in these four games could directly impact the Brewers in our own division. We could basically be helping them out. At the same time, this Cubs team is different from last year. We're not really worried about who we're going to play or what the matchups are. Amongst the players, it's a week left to go in the season and we're just tuning it up to get ready for the postseason. I don't know how Lou is going to handle the pitching staff, whether it's five innings for all the starters or how many games the position players are going to play, but I'll show up every day as if it's another day and be ready to play nine innings.

I think it's very cool that what happens in the next seven games, we have a lot of say about who will get into the postseason and who will not. I think it makes it interesting. We'll be playing in very high-energy environments. That will make it special.

We're getting a chance to see the guys who we could face in the postseason and that's nice for the guys who haven't faced them before. Me being in both leagues in my career, I've faced Johan Santana and know how good he is. It always scares you when you go into a short series and there's one dominant pitcher who will probably pitch Game 1 and 5. The Mets are in a situation where they have to worry about getting in. If that means pitching Johan on the last day, that's what they have to do.

At the same time, what I like about our team is that we're not really concerned about who's going on the mound for the opposition. We're more concerned about us getting ready. We've put ourselves in a position where yeah, you respect the game and you respect the teams that are going in and you respect the teams fighting to get in. At the same time, we've worked hard for six months to allow ourselves this week of resting certain guys and getting our pitchers turned up.

I always save the hat from the celebration. I have the one from last year in my office at home. I'll wait for this one to dry out. That was one of the most memorable moments in my career -- being in Wrigley Field and having Kerry Wood on the mound, it was a special moment and an awesome feeling.
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