DAVID WELLS: They never diminish
there, but you find a way to alleviate the pain and,
you know, try to really, because, I mean, this is
where it counts. And if -- I've been the type of
player, I'll do whatever it takes to go out, whatever,
make a difference.
But if it's going to -- if it's going to alter the
way the rest of my life would be, I wouldn't go out
there and jeopardize my health for it. But the
aches and pains that we usually get are pretty
treatable and all that stuff. And just depends on
how high your pain tolerance is.
But for me, you kind of put that aside and
you just go out there and grind it out. When you
get in this type of atmosphere, especially playoff
mode, it's -- they kind of go away for a bit and you
don't think about that. You think about the game.
David, your thoughts on starting
playoff game in your hometown?
DAVID WELLS: I couldn't be happier.
This is like a dream come true. I've been going to
Padres games at an early age, supported them all
my life. Even though I was in the American
League, it was my favorite team, San Diego. It's
nice to represent your hometown and be a part of,
you know, something big. And like I said I, this
couldn't be a better time for me. It's my last year,
and going out on top would be a nice way to go,
especially in your hometown.
So hopefully, you know, we get the support
of everybody out here and they come in and just --
and really back us up, because crowd can play a
favor in the game of baseball. They can get on the
other team. Trust me, when I went into Cleveland
a few years ago, it was pretty hard, because they
just -- they got down and dirty and hit below the
I don't wish that upon anybody, but I think
a crowd, in the crowd sense, it could help a home
team out, without being disrespectful and hitting
below the belt but just getting loud and pumping us
Now, is this really the last year and
what are you going to do when you're not
DAVID WELLS: Going to Disneyland.
I don't know. I've said that, you
know, this is going to be my last year. Unless
some stupid offer came along, then -- an offer you
couldn't refuse, I don't know who would turn
something down like that. It's just been a long
time. Being away from the family is pretty tough,
being on the East Coast when you're living out on
the West Coast. I think his film is running out.
What are you going to do next when
you do retire?
DAVID WELLS: I have no idea. I'm going
to do a lot of hunting. Kirk Gibson and I, we own a
ranch in Michigan and just do a lot of guiding there.
I enjoy being in the outdoors. Going to Africa at
the end of the month or whenever this is over.
Just stuff like that. Surfing every day. Just
enjoying my -- taking my kids to school. Being a
dad, being a full-time dad, that, to me, would be --
it's the ultimate goal right now.
Unless, you know, I played in San Diego,
I'm at home all the time. That would be another
story. But there's been no offers, and I'm kind of
liking the sounds of retirement. It's pretty good.
I've played a long time.
Unless my body holds up -- I mean I'm
going to go into the off season and try to get in the
best shape as I can. This year has been pretty
tough with knee injury and being limited with what I
So like I said, I'm going to go out there, try
to get in the best shape I can and maybe go to
Spring Training to help people out, help the young
guys out. Throw BP a little bit. Still got a good
Chasing Pujols and your thoughts
on that and if Bruce asked you to walk him,
would you go for that?
DAVID WELLS: I don't look at their lineup
because of Albert. I look at the lineup that can do
some damage. So I've never been a guy to shy
away from anybody. I love challenging. I mean
Albert's a great hitter. He's very respectable and
he can be a one man show at times. But to me,
that's, you know, that's where I get recognition too
is by getting guys like him out. If there's anybody
on that one ball club to beat you, that's Albert.
I would fight Bruce on the situation. You
know, just like I'd fight any other manager. But you
know, he's calling the game from the dugout and
the situation, but I'm just going to go out there and
It would look bad if I'm out there yelling at
Bruce because he's doing this, and I'm out there
going no. So I don't know.
I love pitching to guys like Albert. I get a
big thrill out of it. And get the opportunity to get
them out, then you got bragging rights. But then
again he can change a game with one swing. And
that's what you don't want to happen, especially if
it's a situation like that.
So you just gotta be smart and know
what's behind him and what's out there on the
Boomer, can't resist asking you this:
What did Mick Jagger know that we didn't know
last fall: If the Stones didn't take care of the
sacred dirt at Echo Park, they wouldn't be
DAVID WELLS: I guess Mick was right. I
guess just his wish, his wish came true as well as
mine. Just keep the field sacred for the return, as
he said. So I'm just going on what Mick said.
What's your connection with him?
DAVID WELLS: I've met Mick a few years
back. So it's something that -- he's probably one of
the greatest rock and rollers that ever played. He
was a gentleman and a scholar. Very nice to talk
to. Pleasant. He's not -- at least the time I spoke
with him, he really wasn't stuck up. He was very
adamant about things, wanted to know about
baseball and stuff like that.
So that was pretty neat. I could tell my
grandkids that: Mick and I hung out for a bit.
How, if at all, would pitching in the
National League playoffs be from all the AL
post-season springs you've had?
DAVID WELLS: Well, obviously it's
different, because your pitchers are going to get hit
for earlier in the game, unless you're flat out
dealing. The double switches that go along in the
National League a lot more than the American
League. There's no DH in the National League,
So I mean it is a different ball game. In the
American League, you got -- especially, you know,
the teams that are in the playoffs right now, pretty
solid. And a lot of people think that the American
League is a little more dominating than the
I've been on both sides. And certain
teams are dominating, but, you know, I think if you
got good pitching, you're going to be good hitting. I
feel that our team has got some really good
pitching. These young guys are fearless and hit
pitches and have fun and don't get caught up in the
moment. They want to win. And I think that's
going to be a difference between the Padres and
any team you face, because of the fact that the
pitching is good.
If our offense provides, it's going to be a lot
of fun. But anything can happen in playoffs. But
everybody writes off every team out there except
for Yankees and Boston when Boston was in it.
And that's just what you have to deal with, all the
analysts out there that always pick New York and
Boston, all the East Coast teams. But hopefully we
can change that and keep it out on the West Coast
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