The Good Doc
Obviously, it was an eagerly anticipated win considering his struggles since last season.
Here are some highlights of Halladay’s postgame interview in the clubhouse:
QUESTION: After your struggles last season, this spring and the first two starts this season, how good did it feel to have teammates give you a bottle of champagne to celebrate your 200th win?
HALLADAY: I think more than anything, I had been putting a lot of pressure on myself. To get in there and really, my plan the whole week was to worry about the game and not worry about what was going on internally. I felt like that made a big difference. We got a couple of base hits. And in the past, in the last few starts, I felt like those guys would get on and instead of internally thinking, ok this is my plan, this is what I’m going to do, it’s like, well, you start thinking about the game and things you can’t control. To me that was a big difference and that was a big focus for me this week, to really try to focus on things that I could control. Thing are going to happen, hits are going to happen and guys are going to get on base, but most importantly, I have to stay with my plan, I can’t get caught up in things going on around me, whats going on on the bases, what the score is, things like that, I have to be able to be more narrow with my mindset about making pitches period, that’s my job. I think in the past I’ve tried to really control too much and do too much and worry about too much. I felt like today that plan was simpler: execute pitches one at a time and not worry about whats going on. And that made it good.
QUESTION: Do you feel like you can stay simple?
HALLADAY: Yeah, there are a lot of things you can’t control. And for some reason I felt like I had to control those things. I’ve never been that way and for some reason coming in I felt like I had to prove that I was healthy. I had to prove that I was effective. There were a lot of things that I had no control over, but were getting in the way of going out and making pitches. Really, my focus this whole was week was what’s my job? How can I help us? How can I do my job effectively and not get caught up with everything else going on?
QUESTION: Do you feel like pressure is off and you can breathe a little?
HALLADAY: I feel like the things that we set out to do, simplifying, making pitches, to see those things work, to see those things come together, gives you confidence and let’s you know that this is the right way to go about it. This is the way I’ve always done it, and this is why I need to get back to. So for me, to be able to go out and do that, I think that’s something I can carry over and worry about controlling my part of the game and everything else. The stuff out of my control is out of my control.
QUESTION: You’re a pretty low-key guy. Did you feel like going into a back room and yelling a little?
HALLADAY: No, I want to win a World Series, and that’s why I’m here. That’s why I want to play. The personal milestones are great. My wife, my family — they are all excited about it. But the ultimate goal is to get to the playoffs and win a World Series, and when that happens I’m going to go in the back room and yell.
QUESTION: The Marlins are a young team. They have been struggling to score runs and they were without Giancarlo Stanton. How confident are you the positives from today can continue against a tougher team like the Cardinals on Friday?
HALLADAY: Yeah, the biggest thing is to throw strikes early in the count, get ahead, mix pitches and throw them for strikes. That’s something I hadn’t done against either of the other two teams. You’re right, they haven’t scored as many runs and Stanton isn’t in there offensively, so they haven’t been as good. But I feel like if I can make pitches confidently and early in the count, I can be successful.