Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
05/27/2010 5:53 PM ET
On 'mad pop' and Stanley Cup fever
Quotes heard around the big leagues this week
"We all think we have mad pop, we all think we can go yard and stuff like that, so there's a lot of trash talking."
-- Joe Saunders, Angels starter, on how the team's pitchers look forward to batting during Interleague Play.
(Los Angeles Times)
"He threw some very good BP. It's not easy to go out there and keep throwing consistently in the same spot for almost a half an hour. It gets to be pretty tiring on the arm. So, you have to know what you're doing out there."
-- Milton Bradley on Seattle groundskeeper Kevin Dvorak, who threw batting practice to him while he was on the restricted list.
"That was great. It was exciting for all the guys. All the guys were really excited to see them here and have been pulling for them the whole time. It's exciting for the city. The city deserves something like that, to see a team in the Stanley Cup finals. They're all first-class individuals and I hope they're hoisting the Cup above their head real soon."
-- Ryan Dempster, on having several members of the Stanley Cup Finals-bound Chicago Blackhawks in the stands on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks in attendence included Patrick Kane, Adam Burish, Jonathan Toews and Brian Campbell.
"I'll do it any time."
-- Shin-Soo Choo, on his willingness to trade an autographed ball to the fan who caught teammate Jason Donald's first career home run in exchange for the ball.
"Not at all. I understand. Choo's the man. I'd want his autograph, too."
--Rookie Jason Donald, commenting on a fan preferring Shin-Soo Choo's autograph over his in exchange for Donald's first home run ball.
"When you read his line, it doesn't show it for some reason, but I think he's had good starts. For a fifth starter in the big leagues, I don't know who would be better."
--Braves manager Bobby Cox on Kenshin Kawakami.
"I know I can play every day, but I know my role, too. I learned how to come from the bench. That's a dream for everybody, just to be able to catch every day and play every day in the big leagues. I definitely, in my mind, feel that I can do it. This is a big opportunity for me to show I can do it, or that if anything happens to their starter, they can count on me to fill in until they come back."
-- Wil Nieves, Nationals back-up catcher, on filling in for injured starter Ivan Rodriguez.
(The Washington Post)
"I have a lot of holes. I was looking outside. He threw it out there, and I got a little duck fart over the first baseman's head."
--Giants pitcher Todd Wellemeyer on his RBI single that snapped the team's 24-inning scoreless streak.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
"He had a song that no one else in the history of the world had ever heard of."
-- Adam Wainwright, explaining why he picked a new walk-up song for Cardinals teammate Skip Schumaker. Neither player disclosed what the former song was, but Schumaker now uses "Regulate" by Warren G.
(St. Louis Globe-Democrat)
"It's very flattering. It's something that I think, more so when I'm done playing, I'll look back on."
-- Jason Kendall, who on Tuesday night moved into fifth place all-time on the career starts list for catchers. He has now started in 1,951 games, one more than Tony Peña and now behind only Gary Carter (2,056), Bob Boone (2,225), Carlton Fisk (2,226) and Ivan Rodriguez (2,320) on the all-time list.
"I just try not to do too much. That's the key, especially with guys in scoring position. A hit's a hit. Whether it's off the wall or through the infield, you're going to get those guys in."
-- The Cardinals' David Freese on his approach to hitting with runners in scoring position.
"I want to manage, no doubt. I want to manage right away. I don't know if I can get that kind of job right away, but I think that I'm preparing myself to do that."
-- Omar Vizquel on his post-playing career plans.
"I'm here to play everywhere. That's what I do."
--Recently-recalled Wilson Betemit on his role with the Royals.
(Kansas City Star)
"They're going to try to get me as many at-bats as possible. That's important for me. I don't care if it's left field, I don't care if it's rover, I don't care if I have to catch one day. I just want to help this team win in whatever shape and form I can."
--Utility man Neil Walker, on his role with the Pirates.
"Strikeouts are a nice stat, but at the end of day I want to pitch an even ball game. I want to help the team win. I'm just trying to get outs."
--Bud Norris, who struck out a career-high 10 batters in five innings against the Rays on Sunday for the Astros.
"The headache popped up about 20 to 30 minutes before we went out to stretch. It was there the whole game. I tried everything to get it to go away, but it got worse when the sun came out, although this is Seattle and it was mostly cloudy."
-- Mat Latos, Padres starter, who pitched through a migrained headache Sunday, allowed only one run on four hits and two walks.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
"He was the ace you always look for him to be. In his last four games [since the Philadelphia loss] he's been going good. It's what we've come to expect. He's one of the very best in the game."
--David Wright commenting on Johan Santana, who improved to 4-2 with a 3.41 ERA after Sunday's win against the Yankees.
(New York Daily News)
"They're pretty sweet. We've gotten pretty lucky over the years because the first year they were blue and last year they were red. Those pretty much match our team colors every year. I certainly like it a lot."
-- Michael Young talking about the white caps the Rangers, and the rest of Major League Baseball, will wear in honor of Memorial Day this year. This will be the third consecutive season teams will wear special caps for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. The past two seasons, teams have worn red or blue caps with the United States flag running through the logo. The Rangers' cap will have a red bill this year.
(Dallas Morning News)
"I'm an aggressive hitter. If there's a pitch around the plate, why not go get it. That's my take on it."
-- Troy Tulowitzki on his approach at the plate.
"He's one of those No. 1 guys. When you have one of the guys of that quality -- like Roy Halladay was talked about last year, or Cliff Lee -- for certain that type of pitcher changes the way not only you look at yourself, but the way other clubs look at you."
--Dodgers manager Joe Torre on Astros ace Roy Oswalt, who recently asked for a trade.
(Los Angeles Times)
"I miss the strikeouts. I miss them a lot. But if I can go eight or nine innings and save some of the bullpen's arms, why not?"
-- Gio Gonzalez , A's, on going from thrower to pitcher.
"In that situation, they are trying to win the ball game, and we are too, so I'm not just trying to go up there and get some work, I'm trying to help this team win. So it's good to have some at-bats that dictate the outcome of the game, and it's nice to be able to come through."
-- Curtis Granderson commenting on his 3-for-5 game while on a rehab assignment for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Louisville.
(New York Post)
-- Red Line Editorial