March 24, 2014
The Week in Quotes
CHAPMAN SUFFERS CONCUSSION ON GRUESOME LINE DRIVE
“After I watched the video—and I have been watching the video, repeating it many, many, many times and every time that I see it I feel really happy because this could be something worse. The way how I am right now, the way how I feel I'm in no pain. I have no pain at all. How I've been progressing with has been great for me.”
“I think in sports, you have to block that stuff out. I think Chappy is in the back of our minds. We're thinking about him all day long, but whether it's the loss of a family member or it's the birth of a baby—a positive or negative—what you see a lot in this industry is you try your best to tune it out. We all know the severity of the situation. We're praying for him and we're thinking of him. It's unfortunate, but we still have to go on with our daily business.”
“I'm glad they didn't ask [me to pitch]. After a few minutes, I was like, 'Am I going to have to go in to pitch now? I don't really feel like going to do that.' Obviously I could. That's our job. This is what we do. All of us are aware. When we go out there, we're not thinking of getting hit by a line drive hit back at us. We're just thinking about getting outs.”
“You just can't find it in your heart to go out there and play. Baseball is a game to be played with a lot of joy in your heart and determination and focus. And I don't think anybody was able to do that after that moment.”
“It's a hopeless feeling because you realize you caused it and, obviously, you didn't mean to do it. It's a freak accident. Basically, I just told him, 'Go see him in the hospital wherever he is and it'll make you feel a lot better when you go to sleep tonight -- just knowing that he knows you care and you're out checking up on him.'”
“When he got back on the mound pitching, it really made me feel good. Especially when he had that playoff game against Cleveland last year, it was fun to watch. Guys like Alex and guys like Chapman -- those guys are competitors. You can't keep them off baseball that long.”
“This may sound funny.. I threw my first pitch for a strike. The second pitch, I was thinking, 'God, I don't want to get hit.' I was like, 'Wow, how am I going to react after throwing?' But [after that], everything was normal… [Aroldis and I] got to know each other in the offseason a lot better. I am going to call him in a couple of days to check on him and see how he's doing. We talk now and then. I got a lot closer to the Cuban players.”
FREDDY GALVIS DIAGNOSED WITH MRSA
“[We'll] bomb it up pretty good and try to clear that. Obviously, it is a bit of a concern. We'll take the proper precautions. Unfortunately, when you're in a clubhouse with 60-plus people or whatever it was, this kind of stuff can happen. If you see everyone's locker, every single guy has that disinfectant stuff. It's stuff that happens. You can't do much about it [besides] trying to prevent anything else from happening.”
"It's something that's serious. It's associated with locker rooms and training rooms, so I think it would be wise for our trainers and staff to clean everything properly and eliminate it. Where it came from, who knows, but you have to assume it came from here, so you do what you can to stop it."
HARVEY SHOWS FRUSTRATION ABOUT REHABBING IN FLORIDA
Jordy Mercer (@jordy_mercer) March 21, 2014
—Jordy had a distinct rooting interest when Mercer upset Duke.
“Honestly, I was a little scared. Haven't done that in a while. Thankfully nothing happened."
“He was just impressive. This guy's a better athlete than what he's teasing you about. This guy's got great feet, he's got great hands. He was hoping he had a chance to bunt today. It's Bartolo. He's a pro.”
“I’d love to be in the field more than I have been. I have to look at what I get out of it. I don’t feel I'd be as mentally tough if I hadn’t gone through this. I think my [daily] routine is better because of it...As time goes on, you face a lot of battles. You start to understand the grind it can be. You aren’t going through a season with everything perfect. You understand there are going to be bumps in the road.”
“It’s really exciting that people want your autograph (and) they really like you. Can’t wait to be in Houston to play for them and help the team be a better organization and bring some excitement to the Houston fans and play with the ballpark crowd every single day.”
“I think he's made a lot of progress. One of the things we talked about is to make sure he continues to work on his defense, continue to go down there and put together some good at-bats, try to get on base a little more through the process and just go out there and be a professional. He's been hustling and busting his rear end out here this spring and he's looked good.”
“I kind of took the joke. He said something like, ‘What did you do last night?’ I said, I slept the whole night, because I was tired. I wasn’t doing anything last night, because I was tired. But that was funny.”
“It’s one of those bittersweet times... The reality is, we lost two games here. Personal stuff aside, we’re going to have to go back and keep working hard. It’s kind of a disappointment.”
“I don’t know anything about it...I’m focused on baseball. I leave all that to my agent.”
“Obviously, I’m sad to leave Houston. I love the fans and players and everyone here. I feel like they have a lot of guys coming up, and if there’s not room for me to get at-bats and not room for me to play, it’s best to let me go and not try to hold me back, and I commend them for that and I thank them for that.”
“There are success stories, and those are the ones I like to look at...That’s where my focus is at.”
“It was a really good bunt by Bryce. I just felt like it was the only way I could get it over to first from the angle I was going to have to take. I could probably do it another 15 times, and throw all 15 of them in the fourth row of the stands.”
“You try to go out there fearless and not really think it's going to happen. But the more you see it, the more and more you think about it, obviously. It's like every time you get on the freeway, you don't really think about getting in a car accident, but if you get in a car accident, it'll shake you up pretty good.”
Morris Greenberg is an author of Baseball Prospectus.