Former Astro Lance Berkman talks about Houston's path to the World Series

HOUSTON - After school at Second Baptist High School, you'll find coach Lance Berkman prepping the future of baseball.

"It's a good group of kids here and I love the fact that baseball is appealing to younger fans," Berkman said.

Berkman knows the importance of a crowd rooting you on.

Remember Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio?

Berkman was also one of the Killer B's for the Astros, and is proud of what his former team has accomplished so far.

"You can't complain about the start they've gotten off to. I think it was especially important for them to win at home because they played so well there during the course of their season. I think that the Yankees are very comfortable now at their ballpark, so it's going to be a little different series going up there than it was here," Berkman said.

As the Astros head into Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against New York, Berkman, who was also known as the Big Puma, has a pretty unique perspective.

"My heart is here in Houston. I played 12 years in my career, and three months with New York. Even though I have tremendous respect for the Yankee organization, I think they're first-class all the way, but I'm definitly an Astros guy," Berkman said.

He also believes they'll go all the way.

Berkman knows a thing or two about winning a World Series. He did it in 2011 when he played with the St. Louis Cardinals

He offered a bit of advice: To always focus.

"I always tell my guys, 'You know it's one pitch at a time, we're going to focus on this pitch and as soon as it's over with, you move on to the next pitch,'" Berkman said. "And then that way you know you keep it from getting too big, and you keep it from the moment getting too big and you do a job and you try to focus on doing that."

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