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DP: What's that like when you show up at the ballpark and find out you're facing Halladay?
EL: I already know the night before, so it's a rough sleep. We had good success against Roy in both my years. I think we beat him six or seven times. But it seemed like we'd grind so hard the day we had to face him that for the next three or four days we'd take a hiatus and end up slumping.
DP: When's the last time a pitcher woke you up in the middle of the night?
EL: Never. If there was ever [a bad dream], it would probably be to the sound of Metallica, and Mariano Rivera running in from centerfield.
DP: Has Rivera ruined Enter Sandman because he comes in to it?
EL: It's one of those songs that you hear on the radio and you think about the guy. [Laughs.] It's not a good feeling.
DP: Are you superstitious as far as same hat, same shirt?
EL: I don't think of it as a superstition. I like to think of it as a habit. I tell the clubhouse guys not to switch out my pants when I get a hole. I just have them patch them up. I wear the same pair of pants for every game, same undershirt, same socks.
DP: Yeah, you're superstitious. Do you wear the same hat?
EL: Until it becomes so smelly that I can't even put it on my head before I smell it.