"Years ago I got caught up in what I was doing," Balfour said. "I think when you go out and you pitch to win, to win for the team every day, your individual numbers seem to be a lot better. I just see it a little differently in the last five or six years. You play as a team. You win as a team."
It's been nearly 14 months since Balfour has blown a save, as he's converted 35 in a row since last May and posted a 1.21 ERA in 30 appearances this year. He has yet to allow multiple runs in an outing this season and has tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings entering Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
"Pete Rose had the best [quote], when his son came up to him and said, 'I'm in a slump. What do I do?' and he said, 'I don't know. I was never in a slump,'" Balfour said. "I can honestly say I've been through some tough times and dealt with a lot of things. If things are going good, you just try to ride them as long as you can."
Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.