04/19/2007 11:46 AM ET
Quotes of the week, April 19, 2007
Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
Mark Buehrle is congratulated by teammates after the final out of his no-hitter. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
"You never want to think it's going to happen early, get your hopes up and then have them come crashing down. But the way Buehrle was mowing through them and cutting them up, it was amazing -- especially against a lineup that hit us hard in the past."
-- White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, describing his thoughts during Mark Buehrle's no-hitter against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
"I'm more happy that I got out of the first than throwing a no-hitter."
-- White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, who has struggled in the first innings of his starts. After the first inning Wednesday, Buehrle jokingly pointed to the heavens, then went on to pitch the Majors' first no-hitter of the season.
"I don't know, maybe it's all the Cubs fans here. They're all out they're trying to get on us, and it gets us geeked up.'"
-- Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur on the team's 13-2 record versus the Cubs since the start of the 2004 season.
"She said, 'This baby is kicking my butt.' You will have a lot more starts that I can see. She is a tough lady. She understands. She told me to just go have fun."
-- Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis on why his wife, Natalee, who is expecting the couple's first child any day now, did not watch him pitch Wednesday night. Willis and the Marlins lost, 9-2, to the Mets.
(South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"This is the first time that it's been, 'Be ready to pitch every single day.' My arm is feeling great. Going strong, getting stronger. Right now, I'm real excited. We'll see."
-- Nationals pitcher Micah Bowie on pitching for the 10th time in the team's first 15 games. Bowie had ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow in 2003 and has never pitched more than 59 games in a season.
"If you play 81 games in this park and can't hit, you should quit. This is the only place in baseball where bad games don't affect me at all. It's a tough place to pitch."
-- Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe on the difficulties of pitching in Colorado.
(Los Angeles Times)
"It was very emotional for me. We always talked about how fun it would be to play against each other in the Major Leagues, and this is the day. For me, it's a dream come true."
-- Giants catcher Bengie Molina on seeing his brother Yadier, a catcher for the Cardinals, for the first time in 3 1/2 years, when San Francisco hosted St. Louis. This is the first time the two brothers are in the same league. Bengie spends his off-seasons in Arizona while Yadier goes to Puerto Rico.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
"There's no secret ingredient. You can't just go out and sacrifice a chicken, throw on some snake oil, and all of a sudden you'll start piling up the runs. It doesn't work like that. You've got to have a solid approach, do things consistently, and things will turn around."
-- Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. on the team's offensive struggles so far in 2007.
(Los Angeles Times)
"It's too bad. It would have been neat with all the snow, the rain, games being cancelled and stuff if it all would have lined up for us."
-- Mariners pitcher Jeff Weaver expressing disappointment that he will not face brother Jered when Seattle takes on the Angels this Sunday. In Major League Baseball history, brothers have squared off against each other as starting pitchers just seven times.
"I was just sitting down there chilling, hoping we'd win this game."
-- Chicago Cubs outfielder Cliff Floyd, noting that he was not sure why he was instructed by manager Lou Piniella to help manage the club in the 14th inning of Tuesday's 4-3, 14-inning loss to the Padres. Floyd inserted pitcher Jason Marquis to pinch run for Daryle Ward in the bottom of the 14th and planned to insert Marquis at first base in the 15th inning if needed.
"I can't explain that. ... It's my dream. He's like the best pitcher, Greg Maddux, so it was very exciting."
-- Chicago Cubs rookie outfielder Felix Pie, who mustered his first Major League hit on Tuesday against San Diego and former Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux.
"If I'm running at 85 percent instead of 100 percent, nobody could tell the difference."
-- Cleveland Indians catcher Victor Martinez, admitting he's not necessarily the fastest player in Major League Baseball.
(Akron Beacon Journal)
"That's the one thing that got me here to the big leagues, and it's the one thing that's going to keep me around the big leagues. I didn't want to have that label taken off of me. ... Whatever it may be. Whatever guys they need in order to win. I don't care. I just want to win. I know Jerry is going to try to get me in there as much as he can. I know he's going to put who he thinks is the best nine in the lineup."
-- Cincinnati Reds do-it-all infielder/outfielder Ryan Freel, on what he believes is the best way for him to stay in the Majors for as long as possible. Freel made 108 starts at five different positions last season.
"I feel like wherever they want to put me, I'm fine with. I don't think about it. Outfield's the outfield. Right field the ball tails to that line, left field the ball tails to that line."
-- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Josh Hamilton, on his willingness to play in whatever outfield spot manager Jerry Narron might choose
"I was kind of excited. Going to a new position was kind of fun. I went up to them afterward and said, 'I felt kind of comfortable over there.' They just looked at me and told me not to get too comfortable."
-- Kansas City Royals third baseman Alex Gordon, on his temporary stint at shortstop earlier this week.
(Kansas City Star)
"Sometimes a guy makes a great play, and there's a great pick on the other end. I always think, 'That play doesn't make SportsCenter unless that pick is made.' If the throw goes by the first baseman into the dugout, they don't say it was an 'almost great' play. You see so many first basemen make a great pick, and it's never mentioned."
-- Detroit Tigers first baseman Sean Casey, commenting on what he considers uneven coverage on baseball highlight shows and their coverage of first basemen.
(Detroit Free Press)
"I'm feeling good about everything, and I want to have one more productive start and know that it's my last start."
-- Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson commenting about his final rehab start before joining the Arizona rotation. Johnson is recovering from offseason back surgery and has yet to throw a pitch for the Diamondbacks this season.
"I feel good going out there and swinging and letting it loose. I kind of threw caution to the wind as far as, 'Is it going to reoccur?' The muscles are strong, it's stabilized in there, and I'm going to keep doing maintenance to keep it stabilized."
-- Arizona outfielder Carlos Quentin commenting on how he feels after being activated from the disabled list and inserted into the lineup Monday night. Quentin suffered a small tear in the labrum of his left shoulder on March 19 and has worked to strengthen the muscles in the shoulder.
"The first thing I'm going to do once I get off the plane is go to Portillo's Hot Dogs. You've got to go there. Great hot dogs and Italian beef."
-- San Diego third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff on what his plans were upon arriving in Chicago for a series against the Cubs. Kouzmanoff grew up in Chicago and cheered for the Cubs as a boy.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
"Baseball is a difficult game. It's a fun game, but it's a difficult game. There is so much failure in baseball. You have to work so hard to perfect your craft."
-- Padres center fielder Mike Cameron who advocates teaching the game to young children but acknowledges how hard it is to become good at the game.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
"Not at all. I was getting booed the last two years I was here, so I expected it."
-- Baltimore's Aubrey Huff, saying he was not surprised by the cold reception he got from Tampa Bay fans Monday night in his first game back to Tropicana Field since being traded to Houston last season. Huff hit a home run in the ninth that capped a 9-7 comeback win for the Orioles.
-- Red Line Editorial