September 7, 2009
The Week in Quotes
August 31-September 6
LET'S KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS IS IN THE SAME LEAGUE BRAD PENNY HURLS SHUTOUTS
"He's amazing. He reminds me a lot of me, only twice as better at the same time in the big leagues. This is his second or third year, right? Yeah, he already has a Cy Young."
"It's ridiculous how nasty his stuff still is. When you watch him, it's obvious he knows what he's doing out there."
"I have a great sense of satisfaction to show I'm able to still do it even I'm not 100 percent there yet. I wanted this kind of game. I want to help this team win not just now, but in the future."
"We've got to figure out a way to get some runs for this to work."
"We've got to stop worrying if we're scoring runs, and just play baseball."
WHEN YOU'RE UNDER .500 IN SEPTEMBER, YOU TAKE YOUR FUN WHERE YOU CAN GET IT
"Did you see that celebration? You would like to think professionals would have a lot more respect for the game and their opponents. That was choreographed."
"It was fun, especially the way the season is going now for us. "It's always good to have some fun."
"I don't know what that was. I don't get concerned with that."
IT'S NOT A PENNANT RACE IF TONY ISN'T CRANKY
"It's a sign of nothing. It's a sign of a potential distraction for our team. What you need to do is crank out series and try to get to the finish line. Anything that the team thinks about other than that-it's a distraction. … It's got zero value. It's only value is a negative one. It's a distraction."
"I'm not scoreboard-watching to see what happens, although at this point you're curious to see what Texas does, Tampa Bay, the Yankees. I think that's only human nature. If you don't look at it, I think you're probably lying... We gained a game on three people. That's a good sign for us."
"When they win, we have to win. When they lose, we have to win. We can't take any game for granted from now on. It's crunch time, and we really have to get on a streak."
WE'VE HEARD OF BLOOD BROTHERS, BUT THIS IS CRAZY
"It's not funny, obviously, but Adrian [Beltre] and I were talking about it before it happened to him. We were taking ground balls at third, and he brought it up and talked about why he doesn't wear it. Sure enough, about a week later, I hear what happened and I felt so bad. That has to be one of the worst things ever."
"I think he has to wear one now. It's just like if you foul a ball off your leg and you break your leg, you're always going to wear a shin guard."
"I don't know if it's because I don't have wide hips, but the cup would always make my groin sore, so I only wore it for batting practice. It just feels so much better without it and my legs are so much freer. When you dive on turf, it's like diving on concrete, and if you fall on your cup, sometimes it would be even worse than if you got hit not wearing one."
"I was playing third every day for a while, and that's a different position. I think you have to wear one there. You get a lot of rockets hit right at you. So you have to smother it. At short, it's different, because you can use your feet to position yourself to catch it.''
"Every guy hears that story about Adrian and cringes. More wear them than don't wear them. A lot of outfielders don't wear them but they wear them when they hit because they're afraid of a ball coming up."
IT TAKES HIM LONGER TO BREATHE THAN OTHER PEOPLE
"After this, I don't know, man. I think they're going to call my parole officer and put me away."
"It's something I've got to get used to. When I come in from the bullpen, I've got to speed it up. I know it's a new rule and everything, and they're trying to enforce it. I guess I'm just the one they decided to enforce it on. A rule's a rule. I don't know who else is getting fined. I can't say I'm being picked on. They may be saying the same thing to everyone else."
"If I have to get my agent involved and see if there are other guys doing the same thing I'm doing and not getting fined, then I have a case. If I don't, then I don't."
MAYBE HE CAN START HANDING OUT DEMERITS
"The punishment fits the crime. Part of what we do is our style of play, and the expectation of a high standard that we hold ourselves to, so what he did was intolerable. That's not malicious. It's a poor mental error that resulted in him not playing any more. It is what it is. It's too bad, because it hurts our team when he comes out of the lineup."
"It's difficult because, one, he's very talented and, two, he really cares. We never view these kinds of decisions as some sort of a public demonstration or to be punitive. We do it because we think it's the right way to fix it."
"Probably. Putting it all together, our position-player side is starting to shape up. We kind of know the names and have a general idea of the cost. Potentially a bullpen spot to fill, maybe internally and maybe outside. And then the rotation we have to take a look at. We certainly know how much money we're going to have available and [Brandon Webb's] option will probably be the first order of business, what we do with that. But now, adding Mulvey to a group with guys like Jarrod Parker, [Yusmeiro] Petit, [Billy] Buckner, [Bryan] Augenstein, [Cesar] Valdez, lots of young guys, and all but one have options, to create some competition in the back of the rotation."
"I hope to have some resolution before the season is over... hopefully. If I was told today that I was going to be back, if I was told today that I wouldn't be back, I wouldn't do anything differently the rest of the way. That's not who I am. I want to put us in the best position to be the best team we can be next year regardless of whether I'm here or not."
"I like things to be spontaneous. Besides, there's not much you can do with it. The number one Yankee in hits in history? The names are Gehrig, Ruth, DiMaggio and Mantle-what an honor. What else is there to say?"
"The one thing David has done this year a little bit that we're not used to is when he's swung the bat good, it hasn't carried over as much as it used to. He's lost his lower half sometimes, and I don't know why... But he's come out and swung the bat real good, then the next day his lower half's not quite been there.''
"I thought it was definitely going through. Those guys have excellent pitching. We made them go to their closer in the eighth inning. The guy throws 101 mph. That makes it tough."
"When I was spitting blood, I thought I probably broke my nose. After a while, when I looked in the mirror, I thought, 'Ah, my face is swollen. I'm fine now.' Nothing growing up in New York City that I haven't experienced."
Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.