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KW: 2003, against the Giants.
DP: What's it feel like?
KW: Like you're outside yourself, like you're looking at a situation from afar. It's weird because you still feel like you can move and run, but everything's delayed a little bit.
DP: What are you playing for now?
KW: I'm playing because I still love the game. And I'm really playing for another chance at a championship.
DP: Does the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots in 2002 haunt you?
KW: I probably think about that more than any game I've played, including the Super Bowl that I won. It felt like we were the better team. But we didn't play better that day, and you hate to miss an opportunity like that.
The $100 Million Question
GIVEN THAT he's up for a new contract, you knew that Manny would be the best actor in Hollywood when he was traded to the L.A. Dodgers—not just hitting, but hustling. The big question this off-season is, What will those two months be worth? About four years and $100 million, is the answer Manny and agent Scott Boras will most likely want from the Dodgers. But as good as Manny's been in L.A., how could you take that risk? While Manny has been loving National League pitching, if he's signing a long deal at age 36, he'd be better on a team where he can DH. And how do you write a contract that guarantees he won't repeat all the nonsense that got him run out of Boston: "Um, Manny, when you say you're too hurt to play, we'll need three doctors' notes. And we're going to insert a 'run hard' clause, O.K.?"