10/01/2003 2:30 AM ET
Impressive showing by Cubs fans
ATLANTA -- Eric Karros guessed that the Turner Field
sellout crowd of 52,043 fans was a 50-50 split between
Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves supporters.
The veteran first baseman went 2-for-4 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series Tuesday night, helping the Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2.
Karros shares his thoughts on the crowd and on winning
pitcher Kerry Wood, who struck out 11 and hit a tie-breaking two-run double in the game.
I've never seen anything like this. At some point it sounded like the Cubs fans were drowning out the Braves fans with their "Let's go Cubbies."
As an opposing player when you're playing in your own home park and the visiting team is getting a louder ovation and more noise than the home team, that has to be somewhat deflating.
Obviously you'd like to set the tone. To win the first game is big. You've got "Woody" going out there throwing and in a five-game series, every game is important. (Wednesday and Game 2) is a bigger game than today. If we win, we obviously have a stamp on the series, and if they win, it cancels out tonight. (Wednesday) is a huge game and hopefully we can make the most of it.
I've been getting on the pitchers all year long about their hitting. Wood and Prior and Clement and Zambrano, they have a competition. Woody started out hot and basically he's been bad lately. But he picked a fine time to get going again.
As told to Carrie Muskat, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.