''There was a lot of doubt at the start with a new manager,'' Eckersley said. Tyler Lockett jersey
''It wasn't so bad for me because he was my manager. But everybody else came to ask me, 'What about this guy?' I'd say, 'He's trying to win.' ''
''There are 50,000 people cheering, and it's exhilarating when it's over,'' Eckersley said. ''I'm pumped up. I'm showing what everybody else did.
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has proved to be vintage Eckersley. He recorded saves in both games in helping the Cardinals take a 2 0 von miller jersey cheap
lead in their three of five game series with the Padres, which resumes in San Diego this weekend.
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this weekend and move on to the National League Championship Series.
''That's kind of a nice job. If you don't do the job, you're the goat. So it's a nice position to be in when you win.''
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Photo: Reliever Dennis Eckersley, right, John Mabry and catcher Tom Pagnozzi celebrating the Cards' 5 4 victory over the Padres in Game 2 on Thursday. (Associated Pressalex gordon jersey
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42d birthday, Eckersley polished off a 5 4 victory for St. Louis on Thursday at Busch Stadium. On Tuesday, Eckersley sealed a 3 1 Cardinal victory, pitching the final one and two thirds innings.
La Russa's move to St. Louis led to Eckersley's being traded manny machado jersey
to the Cardinals for pitcher Steve Montgomery. Together, Eckersley and La Russa have formed a partnership of sorts to overcome the uncertainties that surrounded La Russa's arrival.
It is familiar territory for Eckersley and La Russa, who were part of three World Series teams and four division winners in Oakland from 1988 92.
He punctuated the triumph in Game 1 by snagging a hard grounder up the middle by Tony Gwynn and showing the ball to the seven time batting champion before throwing to first base for the final out.
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me he wanted to prove to his teammates that he could still make a contribution,'' La Russa recalled. ''It wasn't about anything other than that.''
During the regular season, Eckersley posted 30 saves, reaching that number for the seventh time in his career. He ranks third on the career saves list with 353.
A brief chat with Dennis Eckersley last spring told Tony La Russa all he needed to know about the way his longtime closer in Oakland was rob gronkowski womens jersey
approaching his new life with the St. Louis Cardinals.