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This Week In Mets Quotes: Neither Harvey nor Marcum is happy, John Buck is a modest man

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


You there, Strawberry, hit a home run

"I told [Valdespin] they're going to walk Duda and you're going to win this game. He was sitting there nice and loose, then he walked up there and delivered." -Matt Harvey [Yahoo!]

Should’ve held that meeting

"When you talk to the players they are not naive, they know what’s going on. They know they slipped below .500 tonight and that’s why we’ve got to pick it up [the next game] and come out and fight. But certainly I’m not going to hold a meeting and say, ‘OK, we’re under .500, we’ve got to pick it up.’ They know better than that." -Terry Collins [New York Post]

Watch the language, this is a family blog

"You guys know me. In my mind, I sucked. And I have to be better." -Matt Harvey [MetsBlog]

Unlike Valdespin, Turner, and Wright, respectively

"This is my favorite part of Harvey’s story: His obsession with and effort to be great… not famous…. not fun… not well paid, necessarily… just great, and from that everything else will fall in to place. It’s the right set of priorities." -Matthew Cerrone

Unlike Harvey, Marcum just cares about his own stats

"That’s not what I wanted from a statistical standpoint or helping the team. I wasn’t very efficient with my pitches in the second or third innings. I’ve got to ... make sure next time I’m putting the ball in play a lot earlier in the count and go deeper into the game. ... I’ve got to get a lot more efficient, locate and keep the ball down." -Shaun Marcum [New York Post]

Well that was oddly specific

"The worst place you can send a pitcher who is struggling mentally is to Las Vegas, or to Colorado Springs, or to Albuquerque — one of those places where you make a good pitch and the guy hits a two-run double." -Terry Collins [New York Post]

And did I mention modest?

"I’m flawless, I’m perfect (smile). ... Strength is calling a game, and running a staff. Got an above-average throwing arm. ... At the plate, I’m gonna hit you some home runs, gonna drive the ball, drive in some runs, and be a threat somewhere in the middle of the lineup." -John Buck on his scouting report [New York Post]

Wait, if I guy is pounding the strike zone than you counter by enlarging the strike zone…

"When he missed, he didn’t miss by much. So you’ve got to enlarge your strike zone, especially when a guy is pounding the strike zone like that. It was a night where you’ve just got to say he pitched a great game and go get them [the next game]." -Terry Collins [New York Post]

At this point in his career, I don’t think Wheeler is surprised when he gets people out

"We’ve got to have some strikes out of [Zack Wheeler,] because his stuff is going to play. If he’s in the strike zone, he’ll be surprised that he’s going to get outs because his stuff is just that good." -Terry Collins [New York Post]

I knew I shouldn’t have told him about K-Town

"I was aware there are a lot of Korean Americans here in New York. 'It was definitely encouragement." -Hyun-Jin Ryu [Yahoo!]

Who’s noting Jeremy Hefner starts?

"It's well noted that I was struggling, and to go out and throw seven innings when the bullpen needed it and give us a chance to win the series, that was all good things." Jeremy Hefner [Yahoo!]

Just so we’re clear, you’re saying that you proposed to her at a volleyball game, at the 10 foot line

A: "I was at one of her last volleyball games [at Snow College]. They called her to the 10-foot line at a volleyball game. ... I proposed to her at the 10-foot line in her volleyball game." -John Buck [New York Post]