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October 28, 2013
The Week in Quotes
RED SOX LOSE WORLD SERIES GAME THREE ON CONTROVERSIAL CALL
“That's an unfortunate way for them to lose the game, but if it was the right call, then it's got to be made. Again, you can't say enough about what we were able to do against their closer. So you've got to give us a little credit, too.”
“With the defensive player on the ground, without intent or intent, it’s still obstruction. You’d probably have to ask Middlebrooks if he could have done anything. But that’s not in our determination.”
“In hindsight, I should’ve double-switched right there. In hindsight, having Workman hit against Rosenthal was a mismatch and I recognize it, but we needed one more inning out of Workman.”
“Tough way to have a game end, particularly of this significance, when Will [Middlebrooks] is trying to dive inside to stop the throw. I don't know how he gets out of the way when he's lying on the ground. And when Craig trips over him, I guess by the letter of the rule, you could say it's obstruction. Like I said, that's a tough pill to swallow.”
“Our determination is whether or not he could have scored or not. ... And as soon as Craig slid into home plate, [home-plate umpire] Dana [DeMuth] immediately pointed down at me knowing that we had obstruction and it impeded Allen to score the run, essentially. Dana did a great job on installing that right away. Dana did a great job signaling that right away."
“Obstruction is the act of a fielder obstructing a runner when not in the act of fielding a ball. It does not have to be intent. There does not have to be intent, OK?”
“When you watch how hard these teams are playing in the World Series and what it takes to get here, what it takes to do what we did climbing back, it's just amazing to me that it would end on a call like that that's not black and white. I just don't know what else to say."
“Well, I wasn’t expecting (Craig) to go. But at the same time, you’re taught to make the tag and look up. I made the tag and looked up, saw he wasn’t even halfway there and he’s not been running great. I thought I was able to get him. I made the throw.”
“Obviously, we're mad right now. But you have to have that ability to walk out of the clubhouse and forget about it. You go home. You have a family. It's a lesson. It's a lesson you go through. But I think we'll be all right. That's the way it goes, man. That's part of the game. Nothing is going to be handed to us.”
“I dive for the ball there. There's really nowhere for me to go. I go to get up. He's on top of me. There's really nowhere for me to go there.”
“It’s an absolute crying shame that a call like this is going to decide a World Series game. It’s a joke. There’s no other way to say it. It’s a joke.”
NATIONALS HIRE MATT WILLIAMS AS MANAGER
“He’s more fiery, like Mike likes. I was probably too laid back for him. I think it’s good. I will definitely stay in the background.”
“Certain guys have a presence, and when they speak in the clubhouse or when they speak in the dugout or on the team plane, the rest of the guys stop what they’re doing and listen. He wasn’t a real vocal guy. He wasn’t chirping all the time. But when he did speak, he commanded the attention of his teammates.”
“He's a realist, he understands that the game is changing constantly and it's becoming more and more difficult, and he relates extremely well to players. If I was kind of in a fielding funk, or even sometimes if my swing didn't quite feel right, he would just have one little thing that would immediately get me right back into rhythm. He was very good at doing stuff like that, and that, to me, is a sign of a great coach.”
“I know he hasn’t managed, but a lot of guys haven’t managed have been successful. They all came into a good situation. He’s coming into a good situation. The bench will be in better shape and the bullpen will be in better shape. He’ll have better options than I had last year. I’m happy for him.”
GIANTS FRONT OFFICE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT LINCECUM CONTRACT
“I think everybody on our baseball side evaluating it said this was the right thing for the Giants. Hey, Timmy is a very popular guy. But I don't want it to be misinterpreted that this was done because he's popular. It was done because we think he can excel and get us to be where we need to be in the future.”
“I think that no-hitter was just the icing on the cake for what he had accomplished, but I think it showed that Timmy is coming into his own with, really, little different equipment than what he's had in the past. But he gave us real positive signs for what he's capable of doing.”
“We see the difference that your starting pitching can make in a make-or-break September or postseason. The reality is that Tim is a big part of that.”
“Every year is kind of a springboard to the next, but there’s also a reset button. With everything I’ve learned in these last couple years, it gives me that confidence to go into this knowing that things are going to be a little easier, I don’t have to worry so much, I know what I need to do. That was pointed out in games where I did well, so it’s nice to fall back on those as examples to help me get out of this so-called hole that I’m in.”
—Kolten Wong took to Twitter after being picked off to end Game Four.
—Sean Doolittle looks at the important issues surrounding the ending of Game Three.
“You don't play this game for the 162-game regular season. You play it for the 19 games of the postseason. The regular season isn't even an appetizer, or a bowl of soup.”
“Going from high school straight into professional baseball, I think only a certain few can do that. I didn't know if I was the one. Looking back on that decision to go to San Diego and have the coaches there get you better, I think it was definitely the right decision. I think it will only help me in this league and in the future, too.”
“That's the biggest motivating factor I've had my whole life. That's what fuels me every time I'm out on the mound, to kind of prove that stereotypes aren't always right, and that despite your height, despite what it may be working against you, you can go and get stuff done as [well] as a stereotypical pitcher.”
“At this level and at this stage, it’s tough to take yourself out of a game. I’ve never done that before. I’m gonna compete and give them the best chance of winning that I can.”
“They have a formula of commitment to competition, which means max effort and attention to execution. This isn’t a magical formula. The Cardinals aren’t the only ones who do this… And it’s not permanent. It’s not automatic. If the players in the system now — the ones wearing the uniform Saturday night — if they get careless it will get away from them. It’s something you have to constantly embrace… I see some teams that have a lot of it like the Cardinals. Some have some of it. And there are some that don’t get it.”
“He's got that smile that draws everybody to him. He's got more of a warmth than you realize. He genuinely cares for all of us. I've been around superstars in my day when they're in the league that long - he's won two World Series - some are over the daily grind. He's getting to know new guys, he takes us in, invites us to his house, he wants to hang out on the road. He's always talking hitting, and when you talk hitting with a guy like that, it's special. Your ears perk up. You just listen and take notice. He's that guy, a quiet leader who does a phenomenal job of never giving away an at-bat on a daily basis.”
“At this point of the season you can’t be selfish. If there’s ever a time to be selfless it’s when you need games to win the World Series.”
“In 2007, everything happened so quick. I got called up, got put on the postseason roster and won a World Series. Everything happened so fast. I felt very fortunate. I knew at the time there are players that have played their whole careers, All-Star players, who have never made the postseason. For me to make it my first year and win a World Series was unbelievable… This year, I think, it’s so hard. No matter how quality of a team you have, it is tough to get to this point. I think this year, I’m definitely enjoying it, slowing it down a little bit and definitely enjoying the whole process a little bit.”
“It's been a pleasure. Obviously, when you have an opportunity to work with one of the best in the game, you'd be a fool not to learn something. That has certainly been very beneficial to me. My aspirations are hopefully to manage again, but at the same time you have to be your own man.”
“O beautiful—O say can you see…”
Nick Bacarella is an author of Baseball Prospectus.