July 20, 2009
The Week in Quotes
THEY ARE ARGUABLY CONVINCED THAT THIS MOVE WILL WORK
"There's going to be somebody available, maybe not to the level of Jack and Freddy, but now we take the dollar difference between the investment in the shortstop or second baseman and apply it somewhere else. We arguably feel we'll be a better team with two or three players, not just one."
"I'm very excited to possibly continue my career in Pittsburgh, to finish what I've started, and Freddy is going to be a vital piece of any decision I make. Without Freddy, I think, it would be tough to win without a player like that."
"They don't feel we're even in the same ballpark, so it's not worth countering because they feel like years, dollars, the foundation is so far off what their expectations are, it's not worth countering, and that's understandable. We've made a quick attempt to try to sign players for what we feel works for us; if it doesn't work for them, they don't accept."
"I want to finish my career turning double plays with Jack in a Pirates uniform. If it works out, it would be unbelievable. This is what we've been talking about for a long time."
"We've not received a counter at his point, so for our minds, they're not interested even in the foundation we've laid. Typically in a negotiation you get a counter offer and that's how conversations continue, and we haven't gotten that."
"We made an offer, we put a deadline on it, as I've done with every offer I've made. You can't leave it out there indefinitely and we're a little time sensitive here because of the looming [July 31] trade deadline."
PRESIDENTS AND HALL OF FAMERS ALIKE, MEET ICHIRO
"I wanted to do that for a grand upperclassman of the baseball world. I think it's only natural for someone to want to do that, to express my feelings in that way."
"There's not many chances to come to St. Louis.."
"My idea, when I saw him, was to say, 'What's up?' to him. But I got nervous. You know, he has that kind of aura about him. So I got nervous and I didn't say that to him. I was a little disappointed about that."
"But I realized after seeing him today that presidents wear jeans, too. So my hope is that our skipper, [Don] Wakamatsu, was watching that and we can wear jeans on our flights, as well."
NOT EVEN THE MOST EXCITING GAME PLAYED THIS WEEK
"The fans here understand what a guy like Stan Musial means to the game of baseball. They embrace him. They cherish him. He kind of has an aura around him. When he's walking through a room, everything stops."
"Obviously, these are the fanatics. But these fans want us to win really badly. It's a National League venue, and our first (win) in 13 years would be a great thing for us. Everybody in the crowd was (yelling), 'We need a win, we need a win. Let's do it, c'mon.'"
"For whatever reason, the numbers have been what they have been for the last 10 or 12 years. I don't think it's a true assessment of how well the game is played in the National League."
J.P. RICCIARDI AND PETER GAMMONS HAD A CHAI TEA TOGETHER: WHAT'S THE LATEST?
"It's a negative if they trade him, and a negative of they don't."
"You're not going to go out and hit 45 home runs in this park. If you want to do that, you've got to go 10 miles down the road."
"The waiver stuff is not going to prevent deals in August. Guys are going to get through because people will be afraid to claim and get stuck with the money they can't afford. The July 31 deadline is more of a fictitious one now, anyway. It's not like it was when Steve Phillips and I were going haywire, taking everybody off the wire. Those days are dead and buried, because no one can live with a mistake like they used to. The economy's changed, and it's affected everybody."
"He's throwing 98. I think he supplied a lot of the power."
Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.