"When I came up to hit I heard everybody cheering. I said, 'Why?' There's no reason. I thought [a trade] was the only reason. ... I was sad, being with the Mets forever, and all my teammates here. That's why I got emotional." —Wilmer Flores [ESPN]
If the hospital I work for traded me to a hospital in Milwaukee, I would cry, and this isn’t a knock on Milwaukee.
"I thought Wilmer handled it great. OK, he showed a little emotion, there’s nothing wrong with that for me. It shows you they’re real people. I told him this morning, I said I thought he handled it great." —Terry Collins [ESPN]
Without knowing all the facts, this appears Alderson came out swinging over whatever happened.
"There is no trade. Unfortunately social media, etc., got ahead of the facts, and it may have had an adverse effect on one of the players rumored to be involved. It’s one of those things that happens today with modern communications, etc. It’s an unfortunate situation, but whatever has been speculated over the course of the evening has not and will not transpire." —Sandy Alderson [New York Times]
Oh, the game was ‘baseball,’ I thought it might be ‘Words with Friends.’
"This kid comes off the field tonight, he hears he’s traded, he’s upset by it and I don’t know anything about it. So I went down and said to him: ‘Listen, I don’t know what’s going on, but we got a game to play. Let’s go play baseball.’" —Terry Collins [New York Times]
I might be a sap but ‘this.’
"Everything happens for a reason." —Danny Muno [Twitter]
I think Terry in retrospect could’ve handle the post-game better, but I respect this reaction.
"Someone came to me and said, ‘Wilmer’s crying’ I said, ‘Why?’ Well, he got traded. To who? For what?" —Terry Collins [New York Times]
"It's almost like the Mets had agreed to the framework of a 7-5 win over the Padres but the medicals didn't check out." —Anthony DiComo [Twitter]
‘A learning experience’ is also how I officially describe a screw-up at my job.
"It was a tough night. I’ve been through a lot of situations where there’s a rumor that someone’s gonna be traded, but not that the deal was done, and see what happened afterward. It was a learning experience for us —Terry Collins [ESPN]
Put me in the ‘amazement’ category, ‘dude, what were you thinking?"
"Not surprisingly, there's a tremendous amount of disappointment—I think to some extent anger, to some extent amazement —that this could happen so soon after a previous suspension was completed. And some sadness. This is having a tremendously adverse effect on a very promising major league career, and that's a shame. But the rules are the rules. We support the rules. This is the consequence of making bad choices." —Sandy Alderson [ESPN]
Why look at a medical record when I can just take a player’s agent’s word for it?
"He's in first-class physical condition without issue. We monitor our players closely. If there was ever an issue with him, we would have him seen by experts in a particular area. He has not been seen by any outside physicians this year. Other than a hamstring issue, he's been in great physical health. He plans on playing in the big leagues for the next 15 years." —Scott Boras [ESPN]
I just turned 30, and I still don’t know my own limitations.
"He's a lot more comfortable than I thought he might be here. You can tell he knows what he's doing when he's got that bat in his hands. When he gets in that batter's box, he's got really, really good plate discipline. Just lays off pitches that he knows he can't hit." —Terry Collins [ESPN]
Jeffrey Paternostro is disappoint.
"The big thing is a put-away pitch. That’s what I’ve been struggling with. I get ahead of batters and I can’t put them away." —Robert Gsellman [ESPN]
I have pretty low standards that just the fact David Wright is talking gets me excited.
"Tomorrow will be my first day going back to back as far as baseball stuff at this intensity. I’ll be ready when I’m ready. I’m not setting a date for rehab games until I get further along into the baseball stuff -- to understand that my body can take back-to-back [days], and then three days in a row, and four days in a row, and so on. As far as trying to set a date for when I’m going to be ready for rehab games, it doesn’t make any sense to do it right now." —David Wright [ESPN]
Pretty good bet that any game involving you is going to be a pitching duel.
"Whenever I found out he was throwing this game, I was excited. I knew it would be fun and would probably be a pitchers’ duel. I was looking forward to that." —Jacob deGrom [ESPN]
Dude nailed the interview for the job.
"[The Nationals] are beatable. There's no perfect team in baseball right now. Everybody can go on skids. Everybody is vulnerable." —Tyler Clippard [Mets.com]
Such a weird occupation.
"I’d like to be a part of what we have going on here in New York with the other guys on our pitching staff and other players as well." —Zack Wheeler [New York Post]
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"Anybody making fun of Flores is a dick. To me, it made him sympathetic. The dude, for all his faults, works has ass off and cares about his teammates. What is wrong with that?" —Jeff_84