This Week In Mets Quotes: Matt Harvey on his knee, LaTroy Hawkins on the bullpen injuries, and Marlon Byrd on steroid suspensions

Jim McIsaac

Lots of interesting, funny, idiotic, and insightful things were said by the Mets—and about them—recently. Here are some of our favorites.

I imagine Matt Harvey is constantly shooing away Dan Warthan

“I don’t like when they come on the field at all so I was trying to shoo them off as quick as I could. I felt fine, I wanted to finish the game.” —Matt Harvey [Yahoo! Sports]

Harvey for team trainer

“I woke up, no issues at all, completely fine. As I knew last night, everything was OK.” —Matt Harvey [ESPN]

I swear Collins almost said that ‘we gave her a chance and she just hasn’t delivered’

“I don’t know the entire situation with John’s wife, I don’t know how long he’ll be gone. Certainly with us being on the West Coast and Travis [d’Arnaud] being in Binghamton, I don’t know how that’s going to work. We just have to wait to see. I know certainly that was the plan a few days ago, we thought she would deliver here in the next couple of days and she hasn’t. I don’t know where we stand once we leave this afternoon.” —Terry Collins [ESPN]

Nah I disagree, lost his closer mentality

“Role has nothing to do with that. It’s my pitches. It’s attacking first pitch. Up here I’m not thinking of anything about any role, I’m just trying to execute my pitches, and I didn’t do that.” —David Aardsma [Yahoo! Sports]

Man’s a professional. Mets are way out of the race, but got to get yourself pumped for a brutal dog-days-of-summer trip

“This is big. Long road trips, when you have a long one and you’re not winning, it’s tough, you’re kind of ready to get home. But we want to stay out there and keep winning. West coast, we got three tough teams, great pitching. Everybody knows about L.A. and the run they are on, pitching, Arizona and the pitching, and San Diego. It’s going to be a tough trip.” —Marlon Byrd [ESPN]

I love that a 40-year-old journeyman still cares about his teammates as much as this

“I’m still hurt that those two guys went down. Bobby [Parnell] was one of our leaders. He did it by example. [Josh] Edgin going down, that was just as tough because he was starting to come into his own. It happens on every team. You have guys that pass the baton and pick the guys up and we continue to do that. They will be missed, that’s for sure.” —LaTroy Hawkins [ESPN]

Canned Quote of the Year (Last year went to Duda for those keeping score)

“I’m just trying to go out there and do what I can do to help us win baseball games.” —Dillon Gee [ESPN]

Not for me, I would be the most neurotic pitcher, shaking off an intentional walk because of how it would affect my FIP

“I don’t worry about that stuff. At the end of the year, when you look up, you see what it’s been. I try to take it day by day, and hopefully we win the games.” —Dillon Gee [ESPN]

Can I get one of the Amazin’ Avenue minor league recappers to find the game Flores is talking about?

“I’ve faced [Manny Corpas] like two months ago in Triple-A. I kind of knew what he had. He tried to do the same thing he did to me in Triple-A. I was just trying to wait for a good pitch because last night I was swinging at a lot of balls out of the strike zone.” —Wilmer Flores [ESPN]

Pelfrey ate innings. Eating innings doesn’t mean shut out.

“It feels awesome. It was something I wanted to do all year. The biggest thing is going out and trying to eat up innings. Fortunately enough I was able to do that.” —Matt Harvey [ESPN]

I’m still not a doctor, but none of this sounds good

“I’m going to do a lot more rotator-cuff exercises, shoulder exercises, keeping it stronger, obviously to help prevent anything like this happening again. It will eventually heal, they told me. That’s probably something where the time this offseason will take to heal it. As for now, it’s pretty much just keeping it strong, keeping the inflammation down. So far, so good.” —Jonathon Niese [ESPN]

I know, I can’t relate, because, one, I don’t have kids and, two, I’m not a multi-millionaire professional athlete, but I’d be super pumped if some stranger recognized me at all

“It’s going to be tough when [Puello and Valdespin] come back. The hard part isn’t all this. The hard part is walking to your car with your kids and having someone yell ‘steroids’ at you. But if you want to play this game, you just have to move past all that. It’s not easy.” —Marlon Byrd [Newsday]

To be fair, debatable

“Our situations are not the same. He was trying to cheat and I wasn’t.” —Marlon Bryd [Daily News]

Well, a base hit would’ve been nice

“Getting called up on my birthday, you can’t ask for more.” —Wilmer Flores [ESPN]

All right, maybe this is the most canned quote of the year

“Out of respect for the Mets’ organization, my teammates, and my family, I have decided to accept this suspension and not exercise my rights under the Basic Agreement to appeal. I made certain mistakes during the 2012 season and I accept full responsibility for those mistakes. I look forward to regaining the trust and respect of the Mets’ organization, Mets fans, and my family, and ultimately helping the club win a championship.” —Jordany Valdespin [ESPN]

I’m not sure what the real-life equivalent of going second to home on a single against your former employer would be

“Felt good against [the Rockies]. There’s no hard feelings. I’m more appreciative that they made the move they did because I wouldn’t be in this situation if they didn’t. But it was good being able to showcase that.” —Eric Young [Yahoo! Sports]

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