March 21, 2011
The Week in Quotes
HE MAKES THEM CRY DURING THE PRESEASON
"I'm not happy with what we're doing or what we're showing. They say that there is no crying in baseball. Well, there is no turning the switch on when you want to. Get it together, and get it going. I can't yell at them every day."
"It's different here. Every guy is the best guy possible on the mound. You have no days off, no at-bats off, no pitches off. Otherwise, you're gonna get buried. Every game you're on a huge stage, and you can't overlook that. Nobody here cares who I am. The bigger your name, the harder they're coming for you."
"I think the last 10 days to two weeks after this break, the wins and losses start to become a little more important when you're playing your regulars deeper into games. You want some momentum going into the season. It's contagious. Losing is contagious, winning's contagious."
"Uninspired baseball. Inconsistent and not acceptable. Very few guys have focused on what they're here for. Very few. I know it's only spring training, but it's time to take a look in the mirror. We're better than this. It's time to show it. We need to be playing as a team and we need to hit."
THE DURATION OF TIM LINCECUM'S SAFARI IS LONGER THAN A YEAR
"It teaches us that the game is East Coast-centric. If you came in here after traveling on a year-long safari in Africa and knew nothing about the events of last year, you would not know there was any difference."
"This may sound crazy. I don't know that it was as big or grand as I expected. It was very humbling. It took us to the last game of the season to win the division. Now, you don't think so much about defending the World Series because it's so lofty and that's so far off into the distance. You think about how you can defend winning the Western Division."
"We were joking about the Phillies' press conference they chose to have, I guess, because of all the interest with their starting pitchers. Somebody told me they had 200 media people there. And they didn't even get to the World Series. That puts things in perspective. In some ways, that helps us, because again we're allowed to go about our business. As offbeat as this group is, they're low key. They're respectful of what happened and how hard it was. They're determined to try and do it again."
THERE'S ALWAYS INTERLEAGUE PLAY
"I think it's clear now it was unrealistic for anyone to expect that he would be able to play center field on a routine basis all season. And you know, at this point, we'll just have to see where he is at the beginning of the season. But as it stands right now, as I've said before, this looks like something that will have to be managed over time."
"He's trying to make a left-handed job, and these other guys are doing a very good job right now.... More quality of pitches. Better quality of pitches, yes. You have to be able to locate and move the ball a little bit. It can't just be helter skelter."
"Luis, some of the things he does are some of the things we hope to do as a team. He often has great at-bats. There are a lot of positive things he brings. The perception of [Castillo and Perez] lingers."
NOT BEING INVOLVED AT ALL IS DUE TO OUR BUSINESS ACUMEN
"We're not going to get in the middle of their baseball operations or second-guessing any part of the operation. We're there for advice. We do have experience. We think we have a pretty good business approach to things, a smart approach."
"The only thing I can compare it to is, Stan's not in the middle now. On the major things, [Rizzo] comes in front of the board. Mike's running the show in baseball ops. It's his baby now. It's new to him, too. Everybody has a little bit of a learning curve in this business."
"If he wants to keep Jim, it's his choice. If he wants to not keep Jim, that's his choice, too. But right now, there's no reason to believe Jim is going any place."
"I know people think your shoulder should feel great because you haven't thrown [since July], but when you don't use something, your whole body is kind of achy. My shoulder was like that today. We'll see how it feels tomorrow and the next few days. I want to pitch and be ready for that fifth start in Kansas City and we'll see if that plays out. Certainly that's my goal right now."
"When a guy says to you, 'I'd like you to come over here and help me... We've just lost 101 games, and you should be enthusiastic about that,' you're going to stop for a moment and look around, which I did. And I said, 'Yeah, this could change. This could change quickly.' "
"At first I was a little scared, because I thought I had done something wrong. I thought my pickoffs weren't good enough or something. He started asking me how my arm felt, and Nags told me I was starting Opening Day."
"We told him the same thing we told everybody else. Go down and do your job and when there's a need, make yourself be the guy. To be honest, we tell all the guys that."
"As the doctor told us from the very beginning, in the big picture–and that's what we always have to keep in mind–in the big picture this is a really good outcome. He's alive. He's alive."
Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.