June 23, 2014
The Week in Quotes
KERSHAW THROWS A NO-HITTER
“You’re splitting hairs when you get to that point. The fact he strikes out 15 and doesn’t walk anybody and does it in 107 pitches tells you how dominant he was. He had the whole package working. Is it the best of all time? Obviously, a lot more people know all the games better than me, but it was obviously pretty good.”
BREWERS SCORE THREE RUNS ON A WILD PITCH
"Maybe Little League or something... Actually, you know, I don't think I've even seen it in Little League. It was just a freak play."
"I see he dropped his head down, and when I see he dropped his head down I just took off right away. It's a crazy play. I've never seen that in my life and my whole career. It was funny. It was a good moment for us… Baseball's crazy.”
"You don't have [Shin-Soo] Choo with a .425, unless you have Joey [Votto], there's not a lot of guys who are sitting at .380-.430 on-base on our club, there's very few in the big leagues who can do that and can run... It's a process for him learning here. We knew if he made our club, he'd have to continue to grow as an outfielder, as a baserunner, as a bunter, (putting up) more competitive at-bats, laying off the low breaking ball like (Adam) Wainwright in the first game of the year when he struck him out four times on that low breaking ball under zone. Unless he's here working on it, he's down in Louisville, even if he has a good year, he hasn't necessarily slated the beast here at the big league level. So, he's doing a lot of on-the-job training right now."
"I guess you could say the wheels are back on. Is that proper? No, we're coming in trying to prepare every day, trying to play hard every day. It's a good club over there. They're going to give us their best effort. We came in, got some solid pitching, we won a couple close ballgames, and today we were able to swing the bats a little better."
"I think you have to take it in the nature in which it was meant, and it was meant to be geared toward their fan base. It was just amazing that it was that much directed at our organization. I think that part probably caught me off guard the most. Not saying that's surprising. We've gone through this the last few years, especially last year with the Cardinal Way stuff getting blown way out of proportion. I think it can put a bad taste in a lot of peoples' mouth. But in defense of the recognition that our guys have had—whether it's having a number of guys on the All-Star team—that stuff isn't just handed out. These guys have worked hard for that. They have deserved it, and they have earned it, and I don't think that's anything for us to apologize for."
“I told him after his last start that I was going to start leaving my glove in the dugout and just run out to left field. All you need to do is get him a couple of runs and we’ll get the win and that’s what happened tonight.”
“[Wednesday] night’s play at home plate was one of the most difficult calls that our umpires have faced this season, given that the positioning of the catcher at home plate was necessary to record the forceout. The goal of Rule 7.13 is to prevent egregious home plate collisions, and despite how challenging these situations can be, we have made important progress in accomplishing that goal.”
"I can honestly say I’m sick of seeing the Pirates. What’s this? Four series now, and four out of four with them. I’d like to see some different colors for sure. I’m sure they’re tired of seeing me, too.”
“I don’t know what to say to be honest. But oh yeah, 100 percent (that he’ll be on the disabled list). I don’t see me being ready in a couple of days this time.”
"In all honesty, that at-bat right there cost us the game. If I make a couple of good pitches there to get him out, then who knows what that inning would entail. That's part of it. You don't expect him to be the one who starts something like that, and he did. I guess he was due."
“He absolutely wants to play for the Yankees. He wants to continue his baseball career. While getting ready for the new Yankees season, Alex wanted no legal distraction of any sort. The discontinuance (of the suit) by Alex had nothing to do with his or my belief in the merit of the claim. He wanted to be bigger than that, for the sake of removing legal distractions for the Yankees, the fans and himself.”
"This was a decision that was not made in a day or two or a week or two. The last couple months, we've seen a team we had high expectations for. Those expectations have not been reached.”
“Brock is as good a hitter as I’ve ever played with. Pound for pound, he has the ability to do it all.”
“The ups are near as satisfying as the downs. A four-game losing streak, right when you put together a nice, 10-game winning streak, is tough. But you come back tomorrow, and battle through it.”
“It was something I didn’t believe. The whole World Series thing and the whole Cleveland era was in the 1990s. We had some great teams, and here we are in 2014 and people still remember the name, remember the face.”
“He’s a multi-dimensional player. He can get the bunt down, he can hit and run and he can drive the ball. He got a 3-2 count and he got ahold of a pitch and split the gap. They gave him one mistake and he did not miss it.”
“It could save our lives, if someone hits a ball to your head. I get it for free, so I’m just gonna use it to see how it feels.”
Morris Greenberg is an author of Baseball Prospectus.