November 12, 2012
The Week in Quotes
PAPI SOUNDS OFF ON FORMER SKIPPER
“No. 2, the day that I returned from the DL, I told him that I was not sure what percentage health-wise I was in, but that I could not be out there without trying to help. When I told him that, I put my career on the side to help him and the team. Being in an incredible amount of pain, I went out there to support them.”
“No. 3, after he went on national TV to say what he said, he sent me a text message trying to tell me that it was the media trying to change things. I did not respond to the message and I said to myself, this guy must have some mental issues or needs medicine or something? I said, I am dealing with someone crazy and I am not going to drive myself crazy, so it is better if I leave it alone.”
"I am a player that has the game in his blood. In the 10 years that I have (been) in Boston, I have been the soul of the organization and there has never been a second where David Ortiz being able to go on the field and do what he does has decided to stay seated."
METS CUT JASON BAY
“I have no regrets in signing with the Mets, other than that I wasn’t able to play to the level that the team, the fans and I all expected and that we weren’t able to win more games. I move on with nothing but an appreciation for the organization and its fans and best wishes to all my teammates there.”
“I just think that those concussions take an effect on guys.”
“The results weren’t there and we are in a results-oriented business.”
“We have some certainty that now he’s moved on, and now we know what we need to do.”
“He’s trying to reclaim his baseball life.”
NATIONALS BRING DAVEY BACK FOR 2013
“I’m glad I dodged that bullet. That would’ve been the kiss of death.”
“People say a lot of things. You just let the year play out. If we have another good year he might want to do it again.”
“I would love to give managing a shot. I would love it. … There’s only 30 jobs out there and I think I would be perfect for the job, but there’s a lot of other guys out there that can manage, too. I think I’d do a great job with it, but that’s up to Mike and Davey. … I’m not going to do anything different. If they don’t see me in that respect, then that’s what they see. But I think I’m probably the best guy if Davey’s not going to do it anymore.”
ROCKIES HIRE WEISS, WHAT WILL GIAMBI DO?
“I was young and impressionable when I came into the league, but still to this day, a lot of how I see the game is through him. He was a really unique competitor. I learned the game from Tony. A lot of the way I see the game is through his eyes. He had a huge impact on me.”
“Bobby was the best I've ever been around in the game at creating loyalty amongst the club — nobody better. You don't walk in on Day One and have that kind of impact like Bobby Cox, obviously. But there is a blueprint for me there on how to deal with players, and how to get that love and respect. And how to get players to care for each other.”
"I don't know what I am going to do yet. I just need a couple of days to digest everything. I know Walt is a hard-nosed guy, and have heard nothing but great things about him. We will just kind of see where it goes from here."
DIAMONDBACKS WELCOME HEATH BELL
“I think it was a little bit of a culture shock and it just didn't work. It was well-known that he and his manager didn't see eye to eye, but we think that a change of scenery will be good for him. He's returning to the NL West, where he has always had success.”
“I'll have to get myself a Diamondbacks color. What can I say? I listen to my wife and she puts out what I am supposed to wear that day because, apparently, I can't match.”
JEFF KENT ELIMINATED ON SURVIVOR
“You know what pisses me off is that I think I've made about 60 million dollars playing baseball and I want this frickin' million dollars in this game and it's not even a million bucks it's 600 grand by the time Obama takes it.”
“I'm a Game 7 World Series loser. You know, I've played in the biggest games in the world and the worst games in the world. But this just sucks.”
—Now, wouldn’t that be something? (Ken Rosenthal, @Ken_Rosenthal, FOX Sports)
—Still no word on whether or not the Nationals will shut Solis down after 160 IP. (Adam Kilgore, @AdamKilgoreWP, The Washington Post)
“If this pitcher pitched in Japan, this would have been a much different posting fee.”
“It's always nice when your peers recognize the work that you and the entire front office have done. I see this as an organizational award, not an individual award.”
Jonah Birenbaum is an author of Baseball Prospectus.