Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week.
"I love you. It's been a pleasure competing against you."
-- Padres pitcher Jake Peavy relaying what Barry Bonds told him after going 0-for-3 versus the San Diego starter in his last start as a Giant. (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Anytime you hear about 'the best hitting prospect this, the best hitting prospect that,' I'm always skeptical at first, like, whatever. I want to see it before I believe it, and (with Daric Barton) I see it. I like his swing a lot, and you can tell he knows what he's doing. Every once in awhile, players like that come along -- at a young age, they have it figured out."
-- A's closer Huston Street on rookie first baseman Daric Barton. (San Francisco Chronicle)
"The traveling is a lot better. The clothes are probably the biggest thing. That's good. The clothes as far as just wearing suits and stuff. Like in A-ball and Double-A, we didn't have to (wear suits). In Triple-A, we had to wear slacks but not like the suit, the full attire. I don't have, really, any. I just have a jacket, and I have some nice khaki pants. This offseason I'm going to have to get a few."
-- Houston Astros rookie catcher J.R. Towles commenting on his need to upgrade his wardrobe this offseason. Towles played most of the season in the Minors before joining the Astros earlier this month. (Houston Chronicle)
"Oh, yeah. It's natural to look. It's natural to glance out there. I try not to, but I catch myself looking out there every once in a while. I tell myself to stop looking."
-- Milwaukee manager Ned Yost admitting that he glances at the scoreboard every now and then during games to see how the Chicago Cubs, the team the Brewers are chasing for the Central Division title, are doing. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"When you have a player who has meant as much to a franchise as Todd has to the Rockies, and you realize he has never had a chance to be in a playoff, it makes what we are going through mean that much more to me. Most of us have been around three, four years, and we think about the struggles we've been through. Todd's been playing 10 years, waiting for this."
-- Colorado left fielder Matt Holliday commenting on how special it would be for the team to make the playoffs, allowing first baseman Todd Helton, the face of the franchise for a decade, a chance to play in the postseason. (Rocky Mountain News)
"Now I can kind of believe those white seats a little bit more."
-- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman after standing next to 6-foot-7 former Washington Senator Frank Howard. RFK Stadium has white seats in spots in the upper deck to commemorate home runs that Howard hit while a Senator. (Washington Post)
"I've had a very good four years here. It was unbelievable. I have no complaints. This organization is great. I heard when I first came to the Major Leagues that Detroit is a very good baseball town, and I just saw that here for four years. The fans are very faithful to the team. This is a great organization, great group of guys, great fans, beautiful stadium. There is nothing negative about this city. It's a baseball town, and it's great people."
-- Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, on his stay with the Tigers. The team has a club-option on Rodriguez for 2008. (Detroit Free Press)
"It's my job (to play). We've got a lot of guys who are banged up, and I don't want to do anything different than is expected from any of them. I don't want to shut it down just because."
-- St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds, playing with a few different ailments, on his duty to be in the lineup as much as possible. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
"It would have felt a lot better if we would have won. I guess you guys are stuck with me for another year."
-- Angels pitcher Darren Oliver on his appearance Tuesday night, which was his 60th of the season. Oliver had a clause in his contract which had 60 appearances trigger a second season. (Los Angeles Times)
"Wherever we put Ichiro, he can be the best in the league at that position. He's already proven that in right field. He's proven that in center."
-- Mariners manager John McLaren on the possibility of moving Ichiro Suzuki to right field to allow rookie Adam Jones a chance to play his normal position in center field. (Seattle Times)
"I was very pleased. He got a little tired in the fifth inning and his pitch selection, which really comes down to location, wasn't the best in the fifth. But I'm not going to focus on the fifth inning; I'm going to focus on the first four. He kept the ball down and held his composure. I didn't see a lot of fear in him. It was good to get to see him here. He's been a pleasant surprise for us."
-- Texas Rangers pitching coach Mark Connor on rookie Armando Galarraga, pitched four scoreless innings Monday night against the Angels before allowing five runs in the fifth. Galarraga, who started the season at Double-A Frisco, was making his first start in more than a month. (Dallas Morning News)
"The doctor said it's a significant tear, but otherwise the knee looks good for a 31-year-old catcher. He said he wouldn't recommend that I keep playing because it could make it worse."
-- Milwaukee catcher Johnny Estrada commenting on the cartilage tear in his left knee, an injury that may force him to miss the rest of the season, though Estrada said he may be able to pinch-hit from the left side of the plate. The injury will require surgery. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"My thought was, 'Go get Milton or he could get suspended.' I feel bad for Milton. I wish there was a different outcome through the chain of events."
-- San Diego Padres manager Bud Black commenting on outfielder Milton Bradley, who will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn right anterior cruciate ligament Sunday when Black, attempting to keep an angry Bradley from reaching umpire Mike Winters, took Bradley to the ground near first base at PETCO Park. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
"It shows that I definitely feel confident as a hitter, more confident as a hitter. I think offensively I've definitely felt good after a rough start. But it would mean more if it was helping the team win."
-- St. Louis Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein, on the prospects of finishing the season with a .300 batting average. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
"It's just something I was born with, and I've learned how to deal with it. That's why I'm not tall."
-- Chicago Cubs shortstop Ryan Theriot on his chronic back problem known as spondylolisthesis. (Chicago Sun-Times)
"I am definitely very excited to return and, hopefully, it happens. This is my home. I am a Pirate. That's my hope."
-- Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson, on his desire to be back in Pittsburgh next season. Wilson is completing the first year of a three-year contract this season. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
"I don't want to go anywhere. But that doesn't mean I want to stay here if they want me to leave."
-- Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana, on the uncertainty of where he will be playing next season. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
"It's nice to come up here and work under Chief (bullpen catcher Mark Salas) and Cave (bullpen coach Art Kusnyer). They have so much knowledge to hand out. When you go down to the Minors, catchers kind of get lost in the shuffle because you're catching so many games and bullpens that there's not a lot of time for [extra work]."
-- Chicago White Sox rookie catcher Donny Lucy, on working on his defense with Major League instruction. (Chicago Tribune)
"I'm not going to sit here and say that I would be cheering for them. There are some individuals on the team that I'll pull for, that I know just from playing with them or knowing them -- Bobby Howry, Ryan Dempster, Scott Eyre, Derrek Lee is just a really good guy. In that respect, they have a real good chance. Obviously, they have to clinch this week, but with the way the National League is shaking out, they have just as much chance as anyone in getting to the World Series. If I'm not in the playoffs, as a player you really don't hate any other team or players. You don't sit around and wish bad things on a team or a player because that seems to come back and get you. The best thing is to not have any feelings about it."
-- Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, on the idea of rooting for the Chicago Cubs in the postseason. (Chicago Sun-Times)
"People look at the .220 average and the fact that the home runs and RBIs are down. But you still can't put a price tag on the amount of runs that he saves out there in center field."
-- Braves third baseman Chipper Jones on how Andruw Jones still provides a lot of value to the team. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"I've widened the plate a little and I've dropped my slider down from 86 mph to 82 mph occasionally."
-- Marlins reliever Lee Gardner on his success this season. He is third among relievers with at least 70 innings pitched with a 1.99 ERA . (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
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