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Haren a bright spot for Cards10/24/2004 12:45 AM ET
By Jim Molony / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Dan Haren had heard about how bad Fenway Park could be for visiting players, especially relievers out in the bullpen.
"I had heard Boston fans were very loud and curse you in the bullpen, but it was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be," Haren said. "The crowd in Houston was a lot louder and I thought a lot more in the game.
"This crowd wasn't all that loud, certainly not as loud as they were in Houston. The crowd was crazy in Houston. There I had to cover my ears. This crowd wasn't anything like that."
Not just the crowd, Haren obviously wasn't rattled by the Boston bats either.
The rookie right-hander came on to stem the tide when starter Woody Williams was knocked out in the third inning and pitched effectively, blanking the Red Sox for 3 2/3 innings on two hits to give his team a chance to get back in the game.
For a youngster making his World Series debut it was quite an eye opener for Haren's teammates.
"Danny did a great job," Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds said. "What is he, 23-24 years old and to go out and pitch with the confidence he showed? That was huge."
Haren allowed two inherited runners to score before settling into a groove. He retired the last five batters he faced and nine of the last 10. His strong showing helped the Cardinals tie the game after falling behind, 7-2, in the third inning.
"I really treated it like just another game," Haren said. "It was fun, I just wish we could have pulled [a win] out."
"Yeah, he got on me a little bit about that," Haren said. "I'm an emotional guy and I got a little carried away because I was excited like everybody else."
Haren didn't let his emotions disrupt his performance against the Red Sox. Both hits he allowed were singles and he didn't allow any Boston baserunner past second base. On a night when the two teams scored a combined 20 runs, the rookie's pitching performance was arguably the best seen on either side this evening.
"It wasn't a pitching day today," Cardinals reliever Julian Tavarez said. "The only guy who did a great job was Haren, a rookie guy. I give him a lot of credit."
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