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October 4, 2010
The Week in Quotes
September 27-October 3
CASH WOULD GIVE JESUS MONTERO FOR DEREK LOWE AT THIS POINT
"I'm happy because we won. I wish I'd thrown seven innings, 90 pitches, absolutely dealt and put the ball right where I wanted to. I didn't, it is what it is. I'm ready to go and just try to help us in the playoffs now."
"I’m sure a lot of people are curious. I broke every record in the wrong direction for the Yankees this year. It ain’t like we got a Cy Young on the mound. Then again, I can go out there and throw a no-hitter at any time. I have that in the back of my head too."
"Not a good year for me personally but hopefully as a team we’ll have a better year."
"You ever watch 'The Brady Bunch' and they had that phony football playbook? If you're advance scouting us here in September, I think we're holding back all our big plays. We're saving hopefully our best for October, and we've played possum here in September." —Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (Ben Shpigel, The New York Times)
NEVER FEAR: DUSTY'S WELL IN CONTROL
"It's going to be in a hostile environment, probably Philly. I'm going to have to be on my A game to beat those guys. I think if you ask anyone we'd rather face anyone but Philly. But whoever comes along we've got to beat them."
"This team, like the 1990 team, gets along well with each other. This is the sport that demands you have some level of chemistry."
"Get him in a game, he'll be prepared to start the next time if there is a next time. It's a different atmosphere. It's a different noise level. It's a different intensity. It's a different everything. This will be more electricity and intensity and cheering and jeering and spitting than anything they've experienced in their lives."
"He's softer. You don't want to put two similar guys back to back."
THE TAXPAYERS ARE ALWAYS LETTING HIM DOWN
"For us to play 155 games and go a full season of playing really good baseball, it's kind of like, what else do we have to do to draw fans into this place? It's actually embarrassing for us."
"It was something we had discussed but I don't think we would have. And it's not about the two players, it's about the sentiment expressed by the team throughout the year, the energy that they get from the fans when this place is full."
"It's a Monday, a school night, a bad economy. It's Game 156 in a long season. People are excited about the playoffs, where tickets are more expensive. So they're probably saving their money."
HOW DARE YOU INTERRUPT THE ARTIST AT HIS CANVAS
"I certainly believe in the people we have in place, and what will occur this winter is just a continuation of what already occurred during the season, which is to review the system we have in place."
In a year that ends like this, sometimes there’s a tendency to look at all the issues and all the problems, and you think that you’re nowhere close to a championship team. Certainly there are elements to a team that are close to championship-caliber."
"We have to completely fix the bullpen. We do have a lot of important position players eligible for free agency. We’re going to have to keep those guys or replace them, or some combination thereof. You can’t let the way things happened this year cloud your judgment about what you have."
THEY'RE JUST THREE ACE-LEVEL NO. 1 STARTERS AWAY
"It starts with the starting rotation. Once we get that fixed right away, I think we'll get that much closer. They have three stud front-of-the-rotation pitchers, and we can't say that at this point."
"I think it's obtainable either way. Free agency is obviously the easier option. All it costs you is money. And trade opportunities come in lieu of players that are probably going to help you on the big-league level, too. But I think both ways, they're obtainable and I think we're going to explore every avenue to get that. I certainly think we have depth, prospect-wise, now in our minor-league system to pull off a deal for a pitcher."
"I think as we've been saying for a while now, starting pitching is our biggest need. We need a guy to head the rotation, a front-of-the-rotation guy to put everybody in what we feel is their proper place in the rotation. That's the No. 1 priority going into the offseason."
"Yeah, I want that guy. He wants to play for us, not only this year, but two years ago he told me he wants to play at Wrigley Field badly, after he was traded to Arizona from Cincinnati. When you see a guy that wants to play for an organization and give everything he has to that organization, it says a lot. Let's see what happens. I want to see him next year here, but if we can't sign him, there are other guys on the free agency market we can sign to protect (Aramis) Ramirez and Marlon (Byrd). We need that extra bat in the lineup next year."
"It wasn't easy. It's a guy's career. It makes absolutely no sense to go any further than we did. Because that's a brilliant career, a brilliant pitcher, a brilliant man. We had to pull the plug."
"He's a great guy. He knows baseball. In 2003 he came to my house and helped me sign my paperwork and had a lot of visits with me when I was in high school. He's the reason that I'm here today. It's real disappointing."
"I told you he's a very talented guy. It takes a guy with less talent maybe 15 or 20 at-bats. It only took Ham three last nights, and his third tonight, to get locked in."
"I've told Coke I'm 99.9 percent sure of it. But I'm not going to discuss it any more than that. If I change my mind, I don't want him to think I lied to him. But I don't think that's going to happen."
"I wish I could swing every time 3-0. There I was just trying to hit a home run. When they do, I like it - it's the only time you know what you're going to get."
"I really appreciate him thinking about my career and stats. Same thing last year."
"Changing speeds with every pitch has been a key. Anything you can do to keep the hitters off-balance is good. When you throw 91, you have to figure out ways to get people out."
Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.