“You’ve got to get concerned when you see something like that happening, but at the same time, you’ve got to be optimistic.” -Luis Rojas [Twitter]
“We’re hoping that it’s just a hiccup along the way and we’ll learn from it and hopefully we can just put it in the past.” -Brandon Nimmo [Newsday]
“It takes all 30 teams doing it the right way.” -Brandon Nimmo [Twitter]
Brad Brach tested positive and doesn’t know how it will affect his pitching...
“It’s tough to put a timeline on it because I just don’t know if there are going to be any repercussions from having COVID or anything with the arm, not being able to throw 100% for three weeks. I’m just kind of taking it day by day.” -Brad Brach [New York Daily News]
...but knows there are more important things in life than baseball.
“That was pretty scary. We had twin boys, so you just don’t know how it’s going to affect them … But I’m just glad my wife is feeling good and the boys are safe.” -Brad Brach [New York Daily News]
Congratulations to Yoenis Céspedes for getting back onto the field after a two-year hiatus.
“[Cespedes’] been waiting to get healthy, to get back into a lineup, to get back into playing. And then he does that.” -Luis Rojas [MLB]
“I don’t care if [Cespedes] had taken a five-year hiatus. Every time he gets in the batter’s box, you’re worried. He’s such a presence, and that’s what he is capable of.” -Braves manager Brian Snitker [MLB]
“It proved to me that I can still be the same player I used to be.” -Yoenis Céspedes [MLB]
“[Cespedes] missed two years because of injuries and sometimes that happens. But Yoenis comes in here, and he’s here to drop bombs.” -Edwin Diaz [MLB]
Of course Jacob was unaware he was two innings away from the franchise scoreless innings record.
“I didn’t know what the franchise record was, but I was trying not to give up any runs. I knew I had [a streak] going from last year, but I just didn’t make some pitches when I needed to.” -Jacob deGrom [New York Post]
Always weird to be reminded deGrom is still human.
“Giving up those two [runs] there were just mistakes I made over the middle of the plate and they got hit.” -Jacob deGrom [New York Post]
In an uneven week, it was a fun watching David Peterson and Andres Gimenez make their debuts.
“That’s [Peterson’s] first outing. He handled himself like it was one of many outings he’s had at the Major League level.” -Luis Rojas [MLB]
“This is one of the greatest days of my life. This is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid. To go out there and make my first Major League start and get the win, I couldn’t have asked for much more.” -David Peterson [MLB]
So do we.
“I think [my teammates] are really looking out for me and they want to see me do my best.” -Andres Gimenez [New York Daily News]
Amazing poise for a 21-year-old or any age really.
“No it’s not really a surprise [to not be nervous during his first game starting]. It’s been a couple of days now ... I’ve gotten into games in the eighth [inning]. So today’s just kind of another day for me to take that responsibility — the importance of the game — and just to give your best once you’re in there.” -Andres Gimenez [New York Daily News]
“I’m looking forward just to see his whole game – his defensive skills, his baserunning skills, his hitability. Everything is going to be in play. Glad to have him there. He can definitely do some things for us and help us win a ballgame.” -Luis Rojas [New York Daily News]
Pete Alonso gives a quote regarding his 116 MPH HR in a way only he could .
“There is an advisory throughout the ballpark: You have to be aware of flying baseballs and bats. If there was fans here they need to not be on their cellphones, and be locked in on the game. I’m glad no one was hurt.” -Pete Alonso [ESPN]
Edwin Diaz isn’t mad about giving up a game tying HR; in fact he’s even laughing about it.
“I can’t do anything but laugh when I do everything I want to do and that’s still the result that happens.” -Edwin Díaz [MLB]
Rick Porcello on if he had a terrible performance.
“It was a terrible performance.” -Rick Porcello [MLB]
Help us Marcus Stroman, you’re our only [SP depth].
“Not even slightly worried. More time consuming than anything. Threw a 55 pitch bullpen on Monday and felt great. Only feel it when jogging and sprinting. However, must be able to run at full speed when competing.” -Marcus Stroman [New York Post]