Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
"It's nice to come home and see family. It's always special. I grew up a Phillies fan. I was always rooting for them as a kid."
-- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Kevin Mench on returning to Philadelphia on Monday to play against the Phillies in a three-game series. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"I just trust him. He makes me feel comfortable. Even when I'd go 2-0 or 3-0 with a big hitter up, he'd make me feel that I was capable of throwing that strike in there, when in my mind, I'm thinking, 'I'm not going to give up a bomb here.' Just giving me that fist-pump, like, 'You can do this,' that meant the world."
-- New York Yankees pitcher Matt DeSalvo commenting on how comfortable he feels on the mound pitching to catcher Jorge Posada. DeSalvo said he didn't shake off Posada once in his first start and only twice on Saturday, when he garnered his first Major League win. (New York Times)
"He didn't throw 90, he didn't have a curve that fell off the table, so the scouts didn't love him. But I knew in my heart that Tom Glavine would be a big winner because you can't teach competitiveness, and nothing has changed at all in that area over the last 20 years."
-- Former manager Chuck Tanner commenting on Tom Glavine, who he managed with the Atlanta Braves, and why he has been so successful as a Major League pitcher. (New York Post)
"It's basically like three road games. We can't look at it as home games because we're not doing our regular routine. Whenever you're knocked off your regular routine, it's always going to feel different. You just have to make the adjustments and go along with it. ... I don't know if it's going to go smoothly or roughly."
-- Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford on playing a three-game series, which started Tuesday night, against Texas in Orlando at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex instead of in Tampa at Tropicana Field. (St. Petersburg Times)
"I don't think any of us are Carp. What he's done speaks for itself. I look at this pretty much as helping hold the fort until (Mark) Mulder and Carp get back."
-- St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher turned starter Brad Thompson, on the notion that he's in the rotation to fill the spot of Chris Carpenter. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
"He came by and made a little comment, 'You look like a ballplayer but are you the batboy?' I was telling him I was the batboy."
-- Recently recalled Cubs relief pitcher Mike Fontenot, a rather young-looking addition to the team, reciting a conversation he had in the clubhouse with outfielder Alfonso Soriano. (Chicago Tribune)
"Y'all are seeing what the offseason hype was all about. We're finding our heart."
-- Philadelphia closer Bretty Myers, on the Phillies improved play of late. (Philadelphia Daily News)
"Not a thing, dude. It's all confidence. Confidence is key. When you know you're going to be in there on a consistent basis. It's nothing mechanically. My approach hasn't changed. It's just getting a chance to get in there and play. That's all it is."
-- Pittsburgh catcher Ryan Doumit, on the difference between this year and last year. His batting average this season, which has been at or near .400, is about 200 points higher than a year ago. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
"Of course, I watched it the whole way. I can tell my grandkids I got my first hit off Dontrelle Willis."
-- Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, after getting his first Major Leauge hit this week off of Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
"You dream about it your whole life, and the Reds made it happen for me."
-- Cincinnati reliever Marcus McBeth, on the opportunity he has been given by the Reds, who recalled him earlier this week. It's the first time on a Major League roster for McBeth. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
"I'm excited. Every step along the way in life, you just kind of keep learning things and growing. I'm definitely a believer that all things happen for a reason. A lot of good things happened in the last few weeks, whether it was baseball or away from baseball. I'm just very grateful."
-- Veteran catcher Chad Moeller, who was recalled by the Cincinnati Reds earlier this week. (Cincinnati Reds)
"I would assume, sooner or later, they're going to know that my arm is all right. But right now, maybe they want me to prove that. And they know I don't have that much experience out there. So they're running on me."
-- Kansas City right fielder Mark Teahen, a converted third baseman, who already had eight outfield assists going into Wednesday's game against the Oakland A's. (Kansas City Star)
"They know their sports here, and when you play in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry -- it's probably the biggest rivalry in sports -- there is intensity that comes along with it. Actually, the booing I got here (on Monday night, in his first Boston game as an ex-Yankee) was really mild compared to what I used to get."
-- Former Yankee and current Tiger Gary Sheffield, on the boos he hears in Boston. (Detroit Free Press)
"That was awesome. I just wait for the phone to ring. [Manager Fredi Gonzalez] has been using everybody in every role right now. If he wants to keep using me there I'll be happy to do it."
-- Marlins reliever Kevin Gregg on getting his third Major League save. Gregg came on in the ninth inning Wednesday while his previous two saves were recorded thanks to pitching more than three innings. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"He's done a good job off the bench, but there's no doubt if he's back in there at third base he'll be different than he was earlier in the season."
-- Dodgers manager Grady Little refusing to label Wilson Betemit as a pinch-hitter despite having his Opening Day starter go 4-for-5 with a double and three home runs in that role. Betemit delivered a three-run pinch-hit home run in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Cardinals.. (Los Angeles Times)
"We talked about that. I told the guys I was going to send Barry out there and give these kids a blow."
-- Giants manager Bruce Bochy who played a lineup full of youngsters on Sunday, joking that he should remove the kids and insert 42-year-old Barry Bonds in the 15-2 blowout of the Rockies. (San Francisco Chronicle)
"It would be nice to be in that group of elite pitchers at least once. It would be a nice accomplishment, something to add to the other stuff, but as long as we're in contention for the playoffs, I'll take that. I think the guys in here think we have a good chance to win every time I pitch. The respect of your teammates is the most important thing."
-- Angels pitcher John Lackey commenting on how he has never made the All-Star team. Lackey is 6-3 after pitching six shutout innings versus the Mariners on Wednesday night. (Los Angeles Times)
"He threw himself right into the MVP race."
-- A's general manager Billy Beane on recently acquired Jack Cust, who hit six home runs in his first seven games for the club. (San Francisco Chronicle)
"It's better off for you to keep me cool, relaxed. That's something I don't really want. I don't want to relax. I want to be mad all the time. That's when I'm at my best."
-- Mariners outfielder Jose Guillen confirming that he gets excited to play his former team, the Angels, which he left on less than good terms. Guillen has a lifetime .333 average versus his former mates. (Seattle Times)
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