GVB --Since your call up you've been penciled into the lineup
on a regular basis, that has to make you feel real good.
RP-- Since I got here I've been playing a lot and that does make
me feel good because I had the chance to show that I can play.
GVB-- You've had an effect on the pitching staff, you know a
lot of these guys and you came up through the minors with them. You've really clicked
with the staff.
RP-- Pretty much the starting pitchers like you said we came
from the minor leagues together, and I know how they like to work and before we
go out there we talk and we have a plan that we've got to do in the game.
GVB-- You spend almost as much time with pitching coach Jim Colborn
as the pitchers do.
RP-- When you have a new staff and you've never worked with those
people, you get together with [Colborn] and talk and make sure we're on the same
page. He's been here in this league for a while. This is my first year. He knows
more hitters than I do.
GVB-- You've been hitting real well, obviously you're comfortable
at the plate.
RP-- I feel comfortable. I don't think much when I'm up there. I try to just see the ball and hit the ball.
GVB-- What do you consider your strengths?
RP-- When it's a tight situation later in the game, I don't
get nervous. I treat it like any other situation.