April 05, 2007

Maine Looking past Last Start

Marty Noble at Mets.com, writes about John Maine and how he's not dwelling on his last start:

Prominently posted in the gigantic locker room that serves the Mets' wannabes in Port St. Lucie, Fla., is one of those motivational passages usually saved for the younger athletes. "If what you did yesterday still looks big today, you're probably not paying enough attention to tomorrow."

John Maine hasn't spent enough time in that airplane hanger to have memorized the words, but he evidently grasps the concept. He paraphrased Wednesday night in the moments that followed the third piece of the Mets' season-opening sweep of the Cardinals in St. Louis. Maine had pitched brilliantly for seven innings and emerged as the winning pitcher in the 10-0 victory. He glossed over his self-assessment and moved on.

"It's a good start," he said. "But it's already behind me. In five more days, I have another start, and I'd like it to be just as good."

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