August 2009

Focus remains on winning

When things are going good, you don’t try to think too much about what you’re doing. Right now, I don’t think about the batting title. The focus is on winning, and going to the playoffs. That’s what is most important.

To be a good hitter, it takes a lot of adjustments and a lot of work. This year, I’ve done better with my preparation. Before games, it’s very important to be focused, at the plate and in the field.

You need to have a lot of consistency. You’ve got to be mentally prepared to play the game. My preparation has been really good before the game. That’s what matters. Your preparation has to be really good.

As a team, this has been a pretty good month. The team had a hit streak. We went like 15 games with 10 hits [or more]. I know that hadn’t happened in a long, long time. (St. Louis Browns of 1937 were last to have that many).

What’s good is we’re doing the little things, as a team. It’s not just one guy. Everybody is doing his part, and what he’s supposed to do.

Me, I made an adjustment this season with runners in scoring position. In Spring Training, I talked with Albert Pujols, and he told me some things that I’ve been working on with runners in scoring position. I don’t want to say what they were, but the talk helped.

Right now, we have to keep fighting to make the playoffs. I don’t think about my numbers, or what I’m hitting. I don’t need to do that. If I wanted to play for myself I would just have my own team.

— Hanley