Getting Quoted

Editorial Note: In Getting Blanked’s ongoing search for a Friday feature that people actually like to read, we present Getting Quoted, a selection of choice quotes from the world of baseball picked out by our favourite intern, Jake Goldsbie.

This week’s edition includes Brett Lawrie hyperbole, Joba Chamberlain reaction, Japanese cache, Kevin Millwood’s delusions and a whole lot more.

[Lawrie]’s got more ability than George Brett, and I was George’s roommate in Kansas City, now obviously, he doesn’t have 3,000 hits or [three] batting titles or an MVP award, so he’s got a long ways to go. But he runs and he plays with the same kind of intensity as George did. And that’s as high a compliment as I could pay any player.

-Hyperbole? Buck Martinez doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

I didn’t fall off anything, I just went to take off — I was jumping from one to the other, because it’s like big rectangles, and that’s it. I went to jump, and Karter was right behind me, and I jumped, and I felt something go.”As soon as I landed, not unconsciously, I grabbed my leg and then I looked and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s not the way it should be facing.’

-It’s a good thing Joba Chaimberlain can laugh about his injury cause I think it kind of sounds pretty terrible.

I think I put something on their mind that said, ‘Hey, this kid can still play.’

-Omar Vizquel really stretching the limits of the word ‘kid.’

Guys having a beer after their start has been going on for the last 100 years. This is retarded.

-And signing an $82.5 million contract and putting up a 6.41 ERA? That’s sound mental health. Stay classy, John Lackey.

It’s much easier to be a professional athlete (than an MLB owner) because there are so many more openings, there are a lot of professional athletes in the game. There are only 30 owners, and they don’t allow everybody in there. It’s a small club. It’s exclusive. It’s expensive. And it takes a team of people willing to put forth the money, the expertise and perhaps the name recognition. It takes a while to build that right team, where it’s trustworthy and competent.

-Someone give Dave Winfield the money to buy a team right now. Why does no one seem to realize that it would be awesome?

‘When you can’t hear it, smell it, feel it, taste it, it’s totally different, calling a game off a monitor … you keep it simple. You call what you see. But it’s just different.’

-Seattle Mariners’ announcer Dave Sims describing what it’s like to call a game in Japan from Seattle. This is how Pat Tabler feels ALL THE TIME.

For me it’s when I don’t feel I can compete, or it’s just not fun for me anymore, that’s when I know it’ll be time to hang it up. The game is going to pass everybody by, no matter how good or bad you are. At some point it’s going to be done with you. And I realize that. But at the same time, I still feel I have something to offer the game, and as long as I do, I’m going to try to play.

-The game is going to pass everybody by? Kevin Millwood clearly hasn’t read every article on Jamie Moyer ever.

I always called myself the alpha-male silverback gorilla, but I have just a little soft side now,  I didn’t say that too loud – don’t let (anybody) know.

-Nyjer Morgan is weird

You could argue that [Japanese filmmaker Akira] Kurosawa was just an art-house figure, but Ichiro put a face on Japan that was familiar to the masses. That gave Japan cache.

-This comparison makes no sense.

He’s got pressure from Japan. Pressure from the (United) States. Pressure from the writers…That’s a lot of pressure.

-Orlando Hudson apparently thinks Yu Darvish is under pressure. I think. It wasn’t totally clear.