“We need to figure the Braves out, that’s for sure.”-Mickey Callaway [MLB]
It is fun to watch your pitcher strike out eight opponents in a row.
“It was just making every pitch on the corner, executing every single pitch. That’s fun to watch when they punch out eight in a row. It was fantastic.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]
Modest deGrom on striking out eight batters in a row.
“Through that little run, I just felt like I was able to locate whatever pitch I was throwing at the time.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]
Modest deGrom on hitting a game-tying home run.
“That was satisfying.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]
Modest deGrom on his outing overall.
“Tonight, all four pitches were working. I had a good feel coming out of the gates for all four pitches. I kind of told [catcher Tomas] Nido that in the dugout. That’s a good team over there. They swing the bats well and the goal was to keep them off-balance.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]
We need “the chemical.”
“Every team from here on out is going to be pretty much a playoff contender. We’ve just got to worry about winning. There’s no more to say. There’s no chemical. There’s nothing else. You’ve got to win games.” -Todd Frazier [MLB]
I read the entire article about Pete Alonso’s use of the ‘Social Media Content Distributor’ “Greenfly” and I guess it’s like an aggregator of photos or maybe they take photos...I don’t know, I feel very old...
“I would always get frustrated hearing, ‘Oh, stop, let’s take a picture, you’re going to appreciate it later. I was like, ‘Oh, stop, no I won’t.’ Well, it turns out, I do appreciate it later.” -Pete Alonso [Yahoo]
...and I’m starting to get worried “content” is going to replace Pete’s use of “awesome”...
“It’s really cool because in the minors it was tough to find pictures of myself. There was very little content out there. That’s just the nature of the beast. Now, there’s a lot of really cool content out there. I appreciate it now, but one day down the road I’m going to appreciate it more. It’s really cool stuff and I’m happy they’re doing that for the players.” -Pete Alonso [Yahoo]
...oh good never mind, but yeah still have no idea what we’re talking about here but MLB Senior VP of Marketing should clear it up...
“Being in New York, I’m trying to take advantage of that because there’s such an awesome fanbase and there are people who are kind of curious about how I’m thinking and my thought process, whether it’s on Twitter or Instagram. A lot of the fans don’t necessarily get to see or interact with me in certain ways so to be genuine and to be authentic, I want to give them an accurate representative of how I represent myself, and use that as an extension to show them.” -Pete Alonso [Yahoo]
...‘We at the network want a dog with attitude. He’s edgy, he’s “in your face.” You’ve heard the expression, “let’s get busy”? Well, this is a dog who gets “biz-zay!” Consistently and thoroughly’.
“One of our major goals was to increase our efforts around marketing players. The younger demographic wants to be engaged on a daily basis. Understanding that fans, and generally younger audiences, consume a lot of content, we thought let’s be a resource to our players.” -Barbara McHugh, MLB’s Senior VP of Marketing [Yahoo]
/Sad Trombone/ expressed by Mets starters this week.
“Out of the stretch I was a little off today, but nothing really changed from the bullpen to the game. Just trying to throw more four-seams, arm-side, and that just wasn’t there in the first few innings, so I kind of said screw it and started throwing two-seam, because I knew it was going to be there. Fell behind a lot of guys, a lot of deep counts and kind of setting guys up for a fastball. I just need to do a better job getting ahead of guys, makes it a lot easier and I’ve had my success when I do get ahead of guys. I think that’s one of the bigger things, I just need to pound the zone and just go after guys.” -Zack Wheeler [MLB]
“I had the opportunity to go out there and do something big tonight. And I let the team down. They capitalized on every mistake that I made,” he said. “It’s great to watch the boys go out there and come back, but it makes me feel even worse that I wasn’t able to go out there and do my job,” Syndergaard said. “It’s my job to go out there and put up zeros, and I did the exact opposite of that.” -Noah Syndergaard [MLB]
“I need to be better. I thought I threw the ball pretty well, I just made bad pitches in big moments to Baez and Russell and they kind of capitalized there. It’s pretty frustrating, but I just have to adapt and change a few things and get back to the drawing board.” -Marcus Stroman [New York Post]
On tying the New York Mets single-season home run record.
“It’s nuts. As soon as the ball left the bat, I just knew it. The fans went absolutely nuts. It’s something you dream about as a kid. It’s surreal.” -Pete Alonso [MLB]
“I really don’t get chills much, but that gave me the chills a little bit. The atmosphere and the timing of the home run and how big it was, the guy’s special. Hopefully, it can continue.” -Zack Wheeler [MLB]
“This is my life’s work. This is something that I’ve been striving for. I didn’t really have a Plan B. I just have to attribute it all to hard work, dedication, trusting myself, staying focused and putting on blinders to outside noise. I know it sounds like a cliché, but it couldn’t be more true.” -Pete Alonso [MLB]
Carlos Beltran on Pete Alonso’s breaking his single season Mets HR record.
”It’s a pleasure to have a fine young player like Pete Alonso break my record. I have not met Pete personally but people have told me he plays the game with passion and doesn’t give up on any at-bat. He has had great success in his first year. Again, my congrats, Pete.” -Carlos Beltran [Amazin Avenue]
Todd Hundley on Pete Alonso’s breaking his single season Mets HR record.
“To me, he’s more than a power hitter, he’s a pure hitter. I have seen five or six of his games and he keeps getting better and better. He has just had a tremendous year. Congrats, Pete you deserve all the records you have broken.” -Todd Hundley [Amazin Avenue]
Just an observation that it appears TWIMQ will be getting heavy on Alonso quotes going forward as either Pete is getting a reputation as an good/easy quote or reporters gravitate to him.
“There’s been plenty of people that wrote us off and are still continuing to write us off. We’re just going to continue to keep on working and do the best we possibly can and make the playoffs. From where we were to get where we are now, that’s a huge accomplishment in itself. The job is not done yet, so we’re going to have to keep grinding away.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]
McNeil supports his boss...
“(Callaway) deserves a lot of credit. We love playing for him. He’s a lot of fun. He keeps the clubhouse loose, keeps it fun, has meetings when you have to have meetings. I credit a lot to him. He’s done a great job.” -Jeff McNeil [SNY]
...as does Mickey’s boss.
“One of the characteristics that I think Mickey has done really well -- at least in the 2019 season where I’ve been able to see a first-hand view of it -- is he’s maintained the clubhouse. I think that even through the adversity that we experienced the first four months of the year, that clubhouse has remained united.” -Broadie Van Wagenen [SNY]
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“Hope [Syndergaard] pitches well rest of the year and then he gets traded for a haul. He’s a headcase who isn’t worth Degrom type money.” -mangoman123