I talked to Milton. It’s just somebody letting him know how good a player he is. If you get behind in the count 0-1 because you feel the umpire made a bad call, you’ve got to have confidence in yourself as a player that you’re better than that and you can overcome that and three, four pitches later, you’re in a hitter’s count and you’re attacking the baseball.
If you don’t take that attitude, you’ll find yourself more times than not sitting back on the bench and not getting to run the bases. That’s something that he’s got to know. No matter how confident you are in your game or how good you are as a player or how talented you are, sometimes you forget that when you go through struggles. Every once in a while, you need somebody to remind you of that. That’s basically all that took place.
This game is so humbling that even the best players in the game — and I guarantee you, Barry Bonds, when he was at his peak, this happened to him — you get that feeling that you’re the worst player on the field. I’ve been through it. The only way I can talk to Milton or anyone else on this team is through experience because I’ve been through the same things as far as confidence and stuff like that. You might not see it. Every hitting coach or manager or guy you’ve played with says, “Don’t let the other team know whether you’re 0-for-20 or 10-for-20.” That’s basically where we’re coming from. Milton’s better than all the stuff that’s going on right now and he can overcome it. That’s pretty much all it was.