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This Week In Mets Quotes: DePodesta's excited about the long-term future, Marlon Byrd is a prophet, and David Wright speaks the truth

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.


He continued, "everything Ike is not!"

Fired up to select Dominic Smith! Chance to hit for average and power while playing great defense. Special human being, too!" -Paul DePodesta [Twitter]

Well, this sounds better than marching orders to lower payroll.

"In an ideal world, we would pick players closer to the major leagues. But our marching orders are pick the best player available. We’re building for the long-term health of the organization, rather than immediate need." -Paul DePodesta [MetsBlog]

Not to pat ourselves on the back, but...

"Our development system has matured over the last two years. We have a lot more players who are closer now [to the major leagues] than we used to." -Paul DePodesta [MetsBlog]

Great, I’m excited to see him in 2018…when I’ll be 32 years old, struggling with numerous life decisions made over the next five years and wondering how I ended up where I am.

"We felt going back to last spring, into the summer, that this was one of the most advanced high school hitters that you'll find. The fact that he bats left-handed is even nicer. You don't find a swing like this every year. We feel like we put a very offensive player and defensive player into the system. I've been scouting 18 years. I don't think I've seen a first baseman play as an amateur that plays this kind of defense. This a well-rounded player -- it's hit and power and it's a middle-of-the-order bat." -Amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous [ESPN]

Turner said with a trollface.

"Obviously I haven't logged a ton of innings out there, so it's a little different. I'm going to go at it the same way as if I was playing first or third or shortstop, where I haven't had as much experience as second base. I'll just go out there and play as hard as I can." -Justin Turner, on playing left field [ESPN]

His plan, I like his plan.

"There’s a plan. You can’t change the plan every year. OK? Sandy [Alderson], it’s taken him two or three years to get the plan into effect, and we have to wait and see it out." Jeff Wilpon [Pressconnects]

[Insert Madoff joke.]

"You can’t just say it’s not going as fast as we want -- we’re six months behind, two months behind, whatever it might be. You’ve got to let the plan go all the way down the line. If you’re going to buy into something, you got to buy into it. You can’t change midstream, because if you’re constantly changing, there’s no chance you’re going to succeed." -Jeff Wilpon [Pressconnects]

[Continue Madoff joke.]

"I think we’re definitely happy with the plan and the direction we’re going. Is it happening as fast as anybody wants? No." -Jeff Wilpon [Pressconnects]

And that’s why Jeff watches the Yankess.

"You know, we’re fans. I’m a fan. I’m here to see good baseball. I want to see good baseball in New York. I want to see it up and down the organization. Sometimes it happens quicker, sometimes it doesn’t." -Jeff Wilpon [Pressconnects]

It's not a great sign if your left arm is numb to pain.

"It’s funny. My arm feels awesome. But people keep coming up to me like: ‘How’s your arm? Are you OK?’ And I’m like: ‘Man, it feels good, but now I don’t know. Is it supposed to be hurting?’" -Scott Rice [New York Times]

Down the stretch? It’s mid-June.

"It was nice to be able to take a deep breath, and especially down the stretch be able to exhale a little bit and just kind of set it on cruise control a little bit." -David Wright [ESPN]

Unlike Ike, who gets in trouble whenever he swings.

"I was joking around with him. I said, 'Hey, if I get some pitches tonight, I’m going to hit two home runs tonight.' I didn’t think it was going to happen. … I get in trouble when I swing at balls, and tonight I swung at strikes and I had a good night." -Marlon Byrd [ESPN]

I don’t think many players on the team think they’re never going back to the minors.

"That’s exactly what this league should be about. It’s one thing to get here. It’s another thing to stay here. Everybody thinks once they get here they’re never going back. That’s not true. It takes work. It takes effort. You've got to be accountable and you've got to put up some qualifying numbers to stay in this league. Those guys have stepped up and pitched very well lately." -Terry Collins [ESPN]

If the due process leads to the selection of an MLB color commentator with no prior experience to the Senate, something is horribly wrong with the due process.

"Who wouldn't be interested if the governor of your state for whatever reason of their due process thought [you were] worthy, in their opinion? So, yeah, I would be interested." -Al Leiter [ESPN]

I know I make fun of Wright’s canned responses, but it's kind of sad to her the truth from our captain.

"We don't have much room to talk ourselves. Talking about, ‘We should beat this team, we should beat that team.’ There's probably a lot of teams saying that about us right now." David Wright [ESPN]

AA Quote of the Week

"I'm counting on you nerds to tell me what I should think about whomever the Mets draft. I don’t know anything." -JohnPeterson

SiteBot FacePalm of the Week

"really? that is ....AGH. I am done with Sandy and co." -feslenraster