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FOX Sports Midwest talks with Cardinals star closer Blake Hawksworth. Hear what Hawksworth had to say about meeting Shaquille O'Neal, his recent hot streak and more.
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I guess the first question I gotta ask you -- -- Shaquille O'Neal would you approach of I'm not sure yeah I'd imagine he'd like to get extended and I'd imagine -- that would be rather large -- probably didn't include greens. Actually a lot of them. Players are pretty excited just watching Jack and seeing him in a cardinal Jersey I mean baseball players can be -- guess that's usually that big he was quite a -- yeah menu chicken shack. Fastball my service or grownup. And I've seen him in person mistakes and we'll. It's very exciting for me. Are you got a chance at tickets and it's a big hand yet did dwarf mine and big time but -- I'm a huge -- seconds. It's critical -- what position did you play basketball I liken that to guard gal pals to guard of the two guard. -- Baseball. Obviously worked out too. Well it's what are never really well over lasted twelve appearances you want to know with a -- array of zero point 92 I bring up the numbers because Kyle McClellan said you should never bring up the numbers because. If things start going badly right after the interview and I'm. Don't see it that way I'm not superstitious. In made out of talk about that -- time this game. It's like got to -- which is so I don't believe superstitions -- you can you can bring up any stats you want. You've got to talk to. How McClellan apparently he believes in some of that -- so I'm not sure. But obviously you've made some major strides since coming up at night here in games where you know that the game is on the line. Has your confidence level change -- -- as you've had success along the way or did you come up they give you -- always fictional situation. I've always been confident calm but the same time being in big games like this now is does a different role for me and that's success. But I'm I'm ready to pitch whenever they want you know it's a tie game or we're down that doesn't matter to me as long as I'm here and I can help team anyway talking about is it better adjusting to the right in the bullpen or adjusting to certain situations. Now I mean did the adjustment was bloody -- and I thought it would be calm I -- -- great help down there from from the veteran guys and I'm just I'm just trying to learn as much as I can stay focused on the present and control what I can control where the the guys that you legacy could give me advice or counsel. Well obviously I've come up in the game with -- -- -- you know it and Thompson we're we're all pretty close but just watching guys like Franklin and Reyes and Miller. The veteran guys that. Had a lot of success in this game. I just watch the routines and how to prepare and it's it's it's it's it's easy for me to see how and why they're successful. And a lot of the pitchers were saying when cal Eldred comes up you and tries to impart some wisdom on you. The move -- not politely and then ignore is that correct. Hotels. Cal's a great man he's he's always helping out now. You know they've become better these boys and it's this is pretty cool I'm excited to that's on my own. Whenever I'd take a shot it down a threat of physical violence follows yes -- right there -- I'll pass along what he's saying yes now. You're right Jim. You're gonna get hurt us tonight he just wants you to know that I'm going to be getting hurt -- thanks I appreciate it.