July 13, 2009
The Week in Quotes
FORGET KEYNES, AS THE IMMORTAL STING PUT IT, 'IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY, DON'T TRADE HIM IN THE DIVISION'
"It's a John Maynard Keynes quote. 'When the facts change, I change my mind.'"
"We have to see what's out there. I'm not saying we're going to shop him. But if something makes sense, we at least have to listen. We're (leaning) more toward listening than we've ever been."
"We have kept him from free agency twice, and I don't think we have the resources to keep him from free agency a third time, so I have to investigate what is out there. But my gut feeling is no trade gets done because we value him as one of the five best players in the game, and I don't think people will meet the price tag for that kind of talent."
"We've gotten a lot of calls from teams, but none of them are telling us at this point what they're willing to give up. If you're coming at us with a B-list of young players, don't bother. This is one of the five best players in baseball. It's going to take a significant package of players for us to even listen. So as the teams call we'll go through the ones we feel are the serious ones and then we'll start scouting their farm systems to see if there's anything we can do."
THE PADRES' OFFENSE BRINGS JOY TO FATHERS AND SONS
"We had a toast in the clubhouse after the game, and Sanchy said, 'I don't want to go to the 'pen after this start.'"
"This is the first time he has seen me pitch. This is a gift for him. I feel awesome."
"I was going to go up and over and land on the other side of the fence if I had to, to try to make the catch."
"It was f--king amazing. If you can print that, print it, because that's what it was. He showed a lot of character, especially with all the movement he's made."
HOPEFULLY JON DOESN'T TAKE A HALLADAY OVER THE BREAK
"He's still just 21. If he can have success in this role, we've addressed a need internally, and he'll be able to get innings to work as a starter this winter and again starting next spring. It's easy to look at him, see the velocity and arm slot, and say 'reliever,' but we're not going to give up on him starting down the line."
"It's great that they like me. I definitely don't want to get traded. I love the Phillies organization. I've been hearing a lot about the fans, and I want to meet them."
"It's really weird, because that's what everybody thinks, but talking to them, they like me as a shortstop, too. They saw me last year and liked what I did. They just want to see me pitch and see how I handle stuff and just kind of see which one they want me to do the best."
EVEN BASE HITS ARE FAILURES AT THIS POINT
"When you don't hit or hit singles, you're a team that looks lethargic, and that's what we are right now."
"Counsel? Shoot, I need Gandhi and King. They went through some stuff."
"I think a fresh face, excited about coming here, that could really help. We feel that he's one of those guys that can be an impact player. That could be huge for us at this point."
"One thing we like about Francoeur is the amount of games that he plays."
"Really, that's what I reach out to-for me. Every manager has been through a similar situation. I've been through things in Chicago as well. This is a little different. This is different in the sense that there was great expectation, there's great exposure, and everything is witnessed, so to speak. So it's a different deal. I think as far as leadership goes, I think you have to kind of remain steady."
ONLY BILLY WAGNER'S WIFE KNOWS THE RIGHT WAY TO RUB HIM
"Maybe I get too comfortable sometimes around veterans, and I think that maybe might rub some people the wrong way. I'm just not the typical rookie guy who comes in the clubhouse and sits there quietly. I joke around. If you've been in the game 15 years or one year, I'll mess around and joke with you. That's just the kind of person I am. I like to communicate with everybody, Latins or whites or blacks, whatever."
"I think that rubbed people in New York the wrong way. I know I rubbed Billy Wagner the wrong way. But that's who I am."
"The Pirates know I have a really high ceiling. But all of that is really irrelevant unless you put the work in."
MARTY FOSTER'S IMPROVISATIONAL UMPIRING IS THE RAGE OF THE NEW YORK COMEDY SCENE
"I have not had a chance to talk to Marty about it or what was specifically said, but I will. We'll talk about the situation, what exactly happened, how he handled it, and what he said, because it's important. Getting a play right is one thing, but how you handle it and things you say are equally as important."
"It used to be if the ball beats you, you're out. It's really not like that anymore. You have to make a good tag."
"I was told by the umpire that I didn't have to be tagged to be out."
"In my 27 years in the big leagues, he might be the classiest person I've ever been around in uniform. I do think, 'Wow, that's unusual,' and I did at the time... We try to get everything right. Sometimes you just miss plays and you have to go in and look at the replays. You're human, and you miss it."
"Well, if I'm being completely honest money is more of the issue now. We expected a little more support than we've gotten."
"I didn't want to throw even more fire. I just walked away. I only play five innings, so I was leaving anyway."
"My wife actually said to me, 'Didn't Haren and Upton make the team? They didn't mention a word about them. It's been fun, though. I enjoyed it."
"I thank the Nationals for giving me this opportunity, and I'm sorry that things didn't work out as expected. It's normal for the manager to pay the price when the team is not doing well."
"I'm not a big fan of it. Nothing pops there, nothing pops. … It's a beautiful scoreboard, but they have the radar gun readings at the very top of the scoreboard with the pitch count. Fans want to know how hard the pitcher's throwing, for instance. You come to the game, you want to see, 'Yeah, Brandon League's on the mound, he's throwing 90-what?' You don't want to have to look around the stadium to find it, and this is at the very top, a very little scene up there with your miles per hour, where most stadiums have them above the dugouts on the second tier of the second deck so you can kind of see it easier. You know, it was hard to read what the guy's hitting for the batting average. It was tough to find certain things."
"We can't go to the plate with them, and we can't be in an earplug like the NFLers do, tell the quarterback what play to run-OK, now you bunt, right now. We tell them, and they have to walk up to the plate and try it. Something's getting lost between here and there."
Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.