Abreu and Guerrero react to win
BOSTON -- Angels sluggers Bobby Abreu and Vladimir Guerrero appeared at the podium together following Sunday's improbable come-from-behind victory and detailed their final heroics and how it feels to finally get past the Red Sox and into the American League Championship Series.
Speaking through interpreter Jose Mota, Guerrero was asked about his thought process after Boston elected to walk Torii Hunter to load the bases for him with two outs in the ninth.
"When they walked Torii, my main focus was to get a good pitch to hit and thank God it came through," said Guerrero. "And the main thing is that we were able to have that great comeback and win the ballgame. But mainly, I was not looking for any particular pitch. I was just looking for a strike. He threw me a strike and I was able to hit it up the middle."
Abreu, a 13-year veteran, hadn't advanced out of the division series in three previous postseason trips with the Astros (1997) and Yankees (2006, 2007). The Phillies didn't make the playoffs in his eight seasons in Philadelphia.
"This is one of the most special wins [of my career]," said Abreu. "This is the win that helped me to go to another level, to another series. I've never been in that situation to play in the [ALCS]. Always shut it down in the first round. So now, for me to go to the second round is something special. I wanted to play in that round. I wanted to have the experience to go to the World Series. So now I'm close. Just one step to doing that and that makes me happy. This is one of the best games of my life."
Guerrero was asked about finally getting past the Red Sox after the disappointment of 2004, 2007 and 2008.
"It certainly is a different feeling and one that we as a team wanted to experience knowing that three [times we've] gotten taken out by the Red Sox," said Guerrero. "In that case, the difference I thought was the emotion of the team overall from the beginning of the season carrying all the way through the series. It seems like a more emotional team, a little more gutsy, more put together. I'm actually happy to see it happen on this side, with all due respect to the Boston Red Sox."