05/24/2007 3:45 PM ET
Quotes of the week, May 24, 2007
Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
Adam Wainwright's ERA now stands at 6.34 on the season. (Branimir Kvartec/AP)
"Andruw looks great right now. He changed his stance, went narrower, leading more out in front a little bit, instead of collapsing on the back leg. He looked totally different tonight for me, the same old Andruw."
-- Braves manager Bobby Cox on the 2-for-3 game by Andruw Jones Tuesday versus the Mets.
"You go in there and don't have a lot of bullets to work with. You try to get that one good pitch and put a good swing on it. I was fortunate to do that tonight. It's a great feeling."
-- Marlins pinch-hitter Jason Wood on delivering a two-run double in the sixth inning Tuesday night.
(South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"If you know the field, you know their team, the hitters; we knew the game was not over. Even tonight's game, you can think it's over all you want. But if you think it's over, you're kidding yourself."
-- Nationals catcher Brian Schneider revealing that the club did not feel safe with a 9-1 lead against the Reds at the Great American Ball Park Wednesday night. Washington went on to win the game 12-7.
"It's a pretty good blueprint. Broxton and Saito are as reliable as they come. Broxton is overpowering and Saito has 14 pitches he can throw 15 different ways."
-- Dodgers starter Randy Wolf on handing over a lead to relievers Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito. The Dodgers are 22-0 when they lead after 7 innings..
(Los Angeles Times)
"That's impressive what he's doing. Gave up two, but regrouped and kept pitching. At his age and with as little professional experience as he has -- it's obvious he has great stuff -- but just his poise out there and mound presence is very impressive."
-- Giants manager Bruce Bochy on rookie Tim Lincecum out-dueling Astros ace Roy Oswalt in a 4-2 win Tuesday night.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
"Then we insulated it, sheet-rocked it and put some Berber carpet in there. We added a little weight area, a bed, a couch, a television, a little kitchen area, a bathroom ... we weren't going to live there, but it allowed us to save up money for the house."
-- Angels outfielder Reggie Willits , commenting on his young family living in a small building originally built as a batting cage while waiting for their house to be built.
(Los Angeles Times)
"Ah, he was hitting some grounders and so I thought I'd lay one down to make up for it. Alex (Rios) has more power than I do, so I didn't expect to win it in the first place."
-- Toronto outfielder Vernon Wells on laying down a bunt during the Home Run Derby contest held prior to the Baseball Hall of Fame game Monday. Wells went on to win the contest with a blast over the left field fence in his next at-bat.
"It was a really good day for me. I'll celebrate it. But this is baseball, tomorrow is a clean slate."
-- Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Carlos Quentin after hitting two home runs and driving in five runs Monday to lead Arizona past Colorado 6-5.
(East Valley Tribune)
"He's been dominating. It's almost to what we've seen in the past. Now not in the length, which is fine. At some point in time, when you're 43 years old, you're not expected to go out there for nine innings and throw 140 pitches. But if he gives us between six and seven innings when he goes out there in the fashion he has the last three times, we'll take that in a minute. He feels like he's letting the team down if he doesn't go out there for eight, nine innings. But he doesn't need to do that right now."
-- Arizona manager Bob Melvin on pitcher Randy Johnson, who has allowed only five earned runs in his last three starts while striking out 28 batters.
"I don't really remember what it was like in high school, but this is the way I was in college [University of Cincinnati]. As a good hitter in college, I think you learn to have a good approach because very often you won't get pitched to. If you go to some high-powered place, where there are a lot of good hitters, then perhaps it's different."
-- Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, commenting on his deliberate approach at the plate. Youkilis has earned the reputation as a batter who never gives away an at-bat.
"I was a little surprised. I also was wondering why I hadn't thrown in four days. RJ (Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson) was telling me something may be going on up here. He told me it could be for four days, a week, a month. He (Boston manager Terry Francona) said, 'Don't expect anything, but come prepared.' I'll be ready for anything."
-- Boston pitcher Manny Delcarmen on being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday and what is expected from him by manager Terry Francona. Delcarmen pitched one inning of relief Monday night against New York.
"It's coming back. I almost felt as confident in that tonight as I did all last year. That's just a product of my arm feeling great and my mechanics starting to come around. From the third inning on, mechanically I felt pretty good."
-- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, after picking up the victory in the Cardinals' 9-4 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
(St. Louis Post Dispatch)
"You see Willie yesterday? Threw five pitches. Struck out the first guy and got two pop-ups. I text-messaged him and said, 'It's that easy, huh?"'
-- Chicago Cubs pitcher Scott Eyre, on his brother, Texas pitcher Willie Eyre.
"My wife, she almost cried. She said that she is going to take the kids there to see that. Even if I don't ever make it, my picture is still going to be there. I was really impressed. It gives me more energy to keep playing baseball. You see all the great players and then you see your stuff in the same room. It makes you proud. You want to keep playing hard. It fired me up. It makes me want to continue to keep playing every day."
-- Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada, after a recent visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York. While visiting, Tejada came across a picture of himself, along with the jersey he was wearing when he was named MVP of the 2005 All-Star Game.
"You don't want to be there for a long time, you know? That's why I said I was going to play that first night because I didn't want to be there for a long time."
-- Cincinnati Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, sent to Triple-A Louisville on May 10, on his desire to get back with the Reds as quickly as possible. The Reds recalled Encarnacion on May 22.
"It's always been my passion. I still fool around and catch in the bullpen. I'm not a Gold Glover, but I think I know what I'm doing."
-- Veteran Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney, who disclosed earlier this week that he's entertaining once again sporting the tools of ignorance and taking up catching. Sweeney last caught regularly in 1998.
(Kansas City Star)
"I forgot there was a wall back there. The ball just took off and was beating me to the wall. I just ran straight into it."
-- Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter, after running directly into the center-field wall trying to track down a triple by the Rangers' Michael Young. Hunter was uninjured on the play.
(St. Paul Pioneer Press)
-- Red Line Editorial