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October 29, 2012

The Week in Quotes

October 22-28

by Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

GIANTS SWEEP TIGERS, TAKE SECOND TITLE IN THREE YEARS
“I've had some good clubs, but just the way they set aside their own agenda and asked what's best for the club. We put them in different roles. They never said anything, never complained. They just wanted to win. It makes it a lot easier for a manager when you have a group like this. It's amazing what a group of guys that play as a team can accomplish.”
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy, whose Giants trumped the Tigers 4-3 on Sunday night to complete the sweep and take the seventh World Series championship in franchise history. (Chris Haft, MLB.com)

“That's what makes it so much special, the way we did it. We were always against the wall and my teammates just came through first series, second series and now we swept the Tigers. That's what I told my team. 'Please, I don't want to be against the wall again. Let's get rid of this quick.'”
Second baseman Marco Scutaro, whose RBI single in the 10th inning proved the decisive blow. (MLB.com)

“They relied on me. They had confidence in me all year. They knew I needed their faith in me. I couldn't let ‘em down. I couldn't let anybody down, especially anybody in the orange and black.”
Reliever Sergio Romo, who struck out the final three batters in the bottom of the 10th to seal the title. (Alex Pavlovic, MercuryNews.com)

“This is the greatest. I got punched in the mouth and I don't even care.”
Starter Ryan Vogelsong (Alex Pavlovic, Twitter/MercuryNews.com)

“We got beat. They’re the world champions and they deserve to be the world champions.”
—Tigers manager Jim Leyland (Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press)

"Like I said before the game in my office, if somebody told me in spring training that we would be in the World Series, I would have had to say, 'I'll take that.' It was kind of a weird way that we got there, because we were a little inconsistent all year. Then we played pretty good when we had to to get the division, and we obviously played pretty good through the first two rounds of the playoffs.”
Leyland (Jason Beck, MLB.com)

"We got to the World Series, and we just sputtered offensively."
Leyland (MLB.com)

SANDOVAL SWINGS BAT, HITS HOME RUNS
“Man, I still can't believe it. When you're a little kid, you dream of being in the World Series.”
Pablo Sandoval, after crushing three home runs in the Giants’ Game 1 win. (Lyle Spencer, MLB.com)

“I tried to elevate there and didn't get it high enough and obviously didn't quite know he was that locked in at that point. He was seeing the ball pretty well today.”
—Tigers ace Justin Verlander, twice a victim of Sandoval’s homers. (Chris Haft, MLB.com)

“He's such a good guy, so much fun to be around. San Francisco is a hard place to hit home runs, and he hit three in a World Series game. You can see what a strong guy he is. Unbelievable.”
—Giants catcher Hector Sanchez

“Wherever the ball is, I'm just going to swing,”
—Sandoval

CARDINALS’ SEASON ENDS WITH GAME SEVEN LOSS
“It's about the team that's hot, and we went on a cold streak. We got to this point by being that team that was hot and taking advantage of opportunities. But we just couldn't make happen these last two games.”
—Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on St. Louis' loss to the Giants in the NLCS. (Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“I'm not talking about that.”
—Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday declined to answer a question about being hit by a pitch from Giants starter Matt Cain, possibly in retaliation for Holliday's late slide into second base in Game Two.

“It's all about pitching, and it starts on the hill. We're a little numb right now, to be honest. With our backs to the wall as long as they've been and to do this. This is a special group. They have that 'never say die' attitude. They didn't want to go home and they found a way to get it done.”
—Giants manager Bruce Bochy

“It's not the way you want it to end, but it happened. We got beat. We didn't play our best the last three games and they did. They won.”
—Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“It hurt to lose like this. But I think at this time of year it hurts to lose no matter how it happens. We got very close. But they played better these last three games.”
—Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig

“At the time, I wasn’t thinking I was coming out. I believe I could have gotten a strikeout of (right fielder Hunter) Pence then get a ground ball from (first baseman Brandon) Belt. But I recognize it’s the playoffs. Things can happen quickly. Mike would have been crucified the other way if he’d left me in there to give up four or five runs.”
—Game Seven starter Kyle Lohse, who didn't expect to be pulled from the game in the third inning. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

MARLINS SEND OZZIE PACKING
“After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie. Our managerial search begins immediately, and our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture.”
—Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest on the firing of manager Ozzie Guillen. (Cash Kruth, MLB.com)

“In life there are [worse] things and I have [experienced] them. I have lived through bad moments and I will get through this with support. [...] Better things will come or [worse] things but they will come. Thanks a lot for the support in this difficult time but not the worst. [...] [I'm] fine with the people that I love with my head held up high real high.”
—Guillen addressed his dismissal on Twitter.

“We knew Ozzie when he was a coach here, but you never really know someone until you live with them in the manager spot. Ozzie's Ozzie. That's the way he is, and that's what made him a Major League manager over the years.”
—Beinfest

“I don't think it's any one thing. I think it's cumulative. It's a complete evaluation, and we wanted to move forward. Look, there was nothing positive about that. It was a black eye for Ozzie, for the organization and we moved on it. We tried to move on from it and we recognized the magnitude of it. I would say that if we were going to say Ozzie got fired because of the Castro thing, that wouldn't be fair. Ozzie got fired because of an evaluation over a number of things.”
—Beinfest

“We've got a lot of stability in the front office, a lot of stability in ownership and I think stability in the dugout could be a benefit to our players. Ideally, yes, it would be outstanding to have a manager down there for a number of years and winning.”
—Beinfest

TWITTER

—This is also Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s go-to line on Barack Obama. (Ken Rosenthal, @Ken_Rosenthal, FOX)

—The Panda went on to have a decent series... (Ken Rosenthal, @Ken_Rosenthal, FOX)

—No press is bad press. (Casey Pratt, @CaseyPrattCSN, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

—We’ll see how opposing pitchers attack Sandoval in 2013. (Anthony Castrovince, @castrovince, MLB.com)

—Lots and lots of bamboo. (Janie McCauley, @JanieMcCAP, AP)

—I imagine that fewer events in sports hurt more than losing a championship series. (Casey Pratt, @CaseyPrattCSN, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

—2012 was a magical season. (Cory Schwartz, @schwartzstops, MLBAM)

THE REST
“He was a pretty good player with the Yankees, fat and terrible for Atlanta, very good last year [for Kansas City] and unbelievable this year. Who is the real guy? I saw him in the minors and I thought he was an extra outfielder. I have hard time going out of my way to reward a guy trying to break the system as badly as this guy did. … Real Melky was a fourth outfielder, fake Melky was the All-Star MVP. Maybe we are going to have to find if there is more nuance to that.”
—A National League official speaking about Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, a free agent this offseason. (Joel Sherman, New York Post)

“I don't see it as an arms race. It's a judgment race. It's a brainiac race. What team can come up with the right judgments to put the right combination of players on the field?”
—Giants president Larry Baer, declaring his counterattack against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ spending storm. They certainly came out on top this year. (Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times)

Jonah Birenbaum is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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