Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
"The ninth inning was incredible. We're three outs away, two outs away, one out away. I'm thinking, 'Hit me the ball. Hit it to me! Let's get out of here!' You live for that. 'We need one out to win the World Series, hit the son of a gun to me!'"
-- St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen, on how anxious he felt during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"I think the struggle toward the end just refreshed us once it was all done. We were able to take a deep breath, go out there and play the second season."
-- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Weaver, on the attitude in the St. Louis clubhouse going into the postseason after nearly coughing up the division in the seasons' final weeks. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"I'm physically and mentally drained. I feel like gum on the bottom of somebody's shoe."
-- Detroit Tigers pitcher Jason Grilli, after the World Series. (Detroit Free Press)
"Like a cold. We spread it around."
-- Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, on the fielding woes of the Tigers pitching staff in the World Series. (Detroit Free Press)
"I don't know how many guys can say they've played and represented Major League Baseball in Japan. It's three different stadiums, you get to see the country. It's another thing to say you've done, to add to the resume."
-- Nationals catcher Brian Schneider on why he wanted to play on the team of All-Stars representing MLB in the upcoming exhibition in Japan. (Washington Post)
"If you look at his defensive stats from last season and compare them to 1994, when he won a Gold Glove, they're very similar."
-- Agent Jeff Boris disputing the notion that Barry Bonds can no longer play the outfield. (San Jose Mercury News)
"The odds of Ray Durham returning to the Giants would drop significantly (after Nov. 12). That's what this period is for, and that's how I'd read their inaction."
-- Agent Ed Setlik on the significance of the Giants' lack of negotiations with free agent Ray Durham. (San Jose Mercury News)
"He reached out and let Gary and I know that he's extremely interested. I was able to relay his sentiments to Gary, and Gary was very excited. Bill wanted to know if Gary is interested in playing for the Angels, and he is. He has them high on his list."
-- Agent Scott Leventhal on discussions he had recently with Angels general manager Bill Stoneman regarding the club's interest in free agent outfielder Gary Matthews Jr.. (Los Angeles Times)
"I've known him since he was little. I played with his brother in Little League. He's great. He loves the game of baseball, and yesterday he threw a baseball to second base that was unbelievable. Everybody looked at each other in the dugout and said 'Wow.' He's got a tremendous vision of this game. I'm very happy that he's doing a good job for the Cardinals, and he's going to be very good."
-- Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, on St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. (Belleville News-Democrat)
"I think it's a great experience. I think it's made all the difference in my game as far as teaching me how to play the game the right way and growing up a lot, respecting the game."
-- St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds, on playing for manager Tony La Russa. (Belleville News-Democrat)
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