A pregame interview with Casey Blake
Veteran talks about playing with Manny Ramirez and for Joe Torre
There's been some talk about Manny as an MVP candidate. Just in general, how do you feel about the idea of somebody as a candidate as a half season player in the league?CASEY BLAKE: I don't know how many at bats you need to have to be considered a serious candidate for MVP, most valuable player, and certainly from the time he's been here he's been the most valuable players for this team and probably as one of the -- probably the biggest reason we're in the post season right now. You were right on the brink of the World Series last year, fell just a little bit short. Do you sort of look at this as a continuation of that and maybe a chance for redemption and from a personal level? CASEY BLAKE: Not necessarily. I mean, this is a whole new situation. And just different team, different circumstances, and that was pretty tough to swallow last year. And everybody had a hard time with that. And I'll probably have a hard time with that for the rest of my life. But this is a new team. And even though our goal is still the same, it's not like anything personal for me to overcome that just so I can live with myself.
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