‘Grandy, we need you to a home run…but don’t try to hit one.’
"We need Curtis to be himself, that is to hit some home runs. I don’t want him to try and hit homers. ... He does such a great job, working the count and getting on base, but I have no problem with him jumping on something early in the game or early in the count." -Terry Collins [New York Daily News]
The G stands for Gloom.
"I felt like any value -- if I had any at all -- before this, it's probably gone. What am I going to do out of the pen? I felt like there's really not a whole lot of good that comes from it." -Dillon Gee [ESPN]
Well at least he’s over it.
"I'm almost at the point now where I just don't even care anymore. I'm kind of over it all. I'll do the best I can out of the pen right now." -Dillon Gee [ESPN]
I get the sense that Dillon Gee was the type to be totally over his Ex-Girlfriend and would proceed to talk about her all night.
"There's nothing I can do. Obviously, I'm going to do the best I can. My biggest concern is that if there was any glimmer of value before this, I don't see how there would be any more when I get moved to the pen -- the value trade-wise or value to the team. I'm definitely unproven in the pen. You don't know what you're going to get, but you know what you're going to get out of the guys that are already there." -Dillon Gee [ESPN]
Our fan base can be so pessimistic sometimes…oh, that’s our manager.
"[Daniel Muprhy's injury is] not real serious. But David [Wright's] hamstring wasn't very serious, either." -Terry Collins [Mets.com]
That’s a better outlook.
"It's frustrating because I'm not going to be able to be with these guys for a little bit. But the news could have been worse. There are definitely worse things that have happened on earth than me going to the DL." -Daniel Murphy [Mets.com]
That’s all great, but the issue will be if the Mets can sign him…
"Without the hamstring injury this spring, we don't think there would be any way that [Desmond Lindsay] would have lasted until the 53rd pick in this draft. There's just too much talent there -- and the combination of power and speed, which is very difficult to find. We felt like it was an opportunity for us in a year where we didn't have a first-round pick to maybe reach up and try to get a first-round talent. That's what we did." -Paul DePodesta [ESPN]
"Desmond will be a Met. I don't think there's much of an issue there." -Tommy Tanous [Mets.com]
Whoa, as much upside as Andrew Church, Matt Reynolds, Teddy Stankiewicz, and Cory Mazzoni.
"We had second rounders in '11, '12 and '13 and we've gotten some very good players around that area of the Draft. And we're excited about this one. I think this one has probably as much upside as anyone we've taken in the second round since we've been here." -Paul DePodesta [Mets.com]
I don’t think you can want a guy to succeed more than this story…
"I came in as a walk-on and coach [Scott] Brown, the pitching coach at the time, saw me throwing across the infield and he said wanted to turn me into a pitcher. They didn't really have any openings for me to play shortstop or in the middle infield, so I went out to the bullpen and worked with him for awhile and he dropped me down to my sidearm arm slot that I use now, and the rest is history." -15 Round Draft pick Thomas Hackimer [ESPN]
…no, you totally can.
"Physics is what I like to do. It works out in my head. I like math and all that. The only difficulty is scheduling. It's not common for athletes to be physics majors so classes aren't always at convenient times for me so I have to work around that a lot. The professors aren't used to me missing the volume of classes I miss during the season. So mostly I just make up the work that I miss and most of my professors are pretty flexible about it as long as I do all the work." -Thomas Hackimer [ESPN]
He added, ‘except day after night games.’
"I've had a smile on my face all day today. I'm ready to play. I'll be ready to play every day." -Travis d’Arnaud [ESPN]
Any other fan base create a meme that was quoted by POTUS.
"Hunter Pence eats pizza with a fork." -President Barack Obama [ESPN]
Yeah, I think the pitchers might still be mad about the strike outs.
"The home run doesn’t take [the error] away. I’ve always been more pissed when I make an error defensively than when I strike out or anything like that because you’re making the pitch count rise, you’re hurting the starting pitcher." -Eric Campbell [ESPN]
"We have a good lineup. We run into bad streaks at times. Things happen. That's not my concern. I'm going to continue to do my job and do my best." -Bartolo Colon [ESPN]
It’s been a common theme.
"Jon had really good stuff tonight. He worked both sides of the plate much more effectively. He used his changeup much more effectively. He threw some breaking balls. I thought he threw the ball well. We just couldn't get him any runs to work with." -Terry Collins [
I think the other pitchers might be getting jealous.
"Jacob pitched well and we gave him some run support." -Curtis Granderson [New York Daily News]
I don’t think Terry meant losing by 5 while getting no hit.
"If you go back and look at the game, we left a lot of guys on (base) still. You have got to make some of these games easy." -Terry Collins [New York Daily News]
How do you celebrate throwing a no-hitter, going to your hotel room and watching SportsCenter.
"It’s pretty cool to see my name up there, to relive it a few times after. I’m a sports guy, so I watch it anyways." -Chris Heston [New York Post]
Seriously, I cannot fathom how awesome it would feel.
"I figured [New York Newspapers] was something to keep. To see myself on the front page of anything is pretty cool. … They’re all pretty sweet. That’s something I’ll cherish forever. I’ll put them up, maybe frame them. There is a lot of stuff I’ll hold onto to remember the night." -Chris Heston [New York Post]
Great attitude, but I wouldn’t exactly call a 6.00 ERA ‘succeeding.’
"It's been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. I know it sounds cliché to say that, but it really has been. I've been with three teams in the span of five months. That's just a pretty crazy thing in itself. It was a great experience, and the Rule 5 really helped me out with my career a lot. It got my feet wet in the major leagues and helped me to realize I can succeed at that level. It gave me a little boost of confidence. Coming back here, it's got that taste in my mouth that I want to get back there." -Logan Verrett [ESPN]
Man, I can’t even imagine how sweet having a 20 minute commute would be…and, you know, the whole being a professional baseball player and all that.
"It was a surprise. I didn't realize I had been put on waivers. So when they informed me I was claimed by Texas, that was a shock in itself. I was getting ready to either find out if I made the Orioles club or if I was headed back to the Mets. Finding that out was a bit of the shock. It was a bit of a dream come true. Living in Arlington with my wife -- our house is about 20 minutes from the stadium -- that was going to be pretty much the perfect situation." -Logan Verrett [ESPN]
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