“It’s not for me right now. That’s something that might intrigue me in the future. I like being on the field more than in an office — but it’s just not something I’m ready to do at this point. The time commitment for a manager is greater than it is for a player, which is something people don’t realize. The time isn’t something I’m willing to give up right now.”
–Mike Lowell on managing in MLB.
“There’s really nothing to talk about. The score was 20-2.”
–Dustin Pedroia on the Red Sox loss to Oakland.
“It’s pretty rough right now. We can’t keep playing like this.”
–Dustin Pedroia after another frustrating loss.
“There were a lot of emotions going through my this week. A lot of memories today, especially from the fans and stadium itself that I’ve had over the last five years. That really made me appreciate even more all the support I’ve had throughout my rehab process. I’m really grateful and want to express my gratitude towards everyone that has supported me along the way.”
–Daisuke Matsuzaka on his return to the Red Sox.
“I try always not to be surprised, but I’m surprised at just how ‘Pedroia’ he is, more than I even expected, in every aspect — preparation, competitiveness, ability, his banter. I thought he had everything, and he’s more of everything. I’m very impressed, and they say I haven’t seen anything yet.’’
–Bobby Valentine on Dustin Pedroia.
“We’re still the Yankees. We’re still going to outspend everybody else. That’s not going to change.”
–Brian Cashman when asked about Hal Steinbrenner’s plan to reduce Yankee payroll.
“It’s exciting. Just excited to have a manager, it took a long time. I think the search is over and now we can all get ready for next year. And I bet all the fans are excited too. He’s been around, he’s done it before in a big market. So it’s going to be fun.”
–Dustin Pedroia on Bobby V. coming to the Red Sox.
“I know we let a lot of people down. We have the greatest fans and they do not deserve what we just offered them this year.”
–David Ortiz reflecting on the end of the season.
“I think every game from here on out we have to start sending messages, not only to other teams but to our own team, and start getting that confidence flow as a team.”
–Jonathan Papelbon on the remaining 11 games in the regular season.
“It felt real good. Most of all, I’m happy we won the game. I know things are going to turn around for me. I’m working hard. I’ve been feeling good at the plate, but just haven’t been getting results. It feels good to get rewarded with a home run, but the main thing is getting something positive going and really keeping the same approach and give my team a quality at-bat. It’s a long season, a humbling game. Hopefully this gets me going.’’
–Darnell McDonald on his three run homer last night.
“I’d rather not be called up in this situation.”
-Hideki Okajima on his future with the Red Sox.
“Jed’s really struggling tonight, so we’re going to let Iggy play shortstop”
“There are some dead spots. The numbers, as far as the scoreboard, the ball can kind of shoot off in any direction. People don’t realize there are so many things that can happen out there. You just hope it doesn’t happen to you.”
-Darnell McDonald on playing balls off of the Monster.
“I want to play every game. I’m a first baseman, you know? How much effort do you really put out there? Not effort, but as far as how much energy do you really put out there? I don’t steal bases. I don’t run fast. I play first base. As long as my legs can take it, I’m good, and thank God up until now my legs have been good enough to take it.’’
FYI. AGonz played 162 games in 2008. He played 160 games in 2009 and 2010.
Ridiculous. I’m capable of breaking down a righthanders swing as well as a lefthanders swing. That’s like saying you need two pitching coaches for lefties and righties, or two infield coaches for lefty throwers and righty throwers.
–Dave Magadan when asked if he agreed with Tim McCarver’s idea for teams to having two hitting coaches, one for righties and one for lefties.
“Mentally and physically, I’m preparing for the World Series,” he said. “I’m doing extra right now to make sure my body holds up for late October. You look at the kind of team we have and I don’t see why can’t get there.”
-John Lester in an interview with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe
“If you’re in New England and you’re sitting in the snow, there’s nothing better to watch than the palm trees, and what is a beautiful area here, and the thought that baseball at Fenway isn’t that far away.” -Don Orsillo
NESN will broadcast tonight’s Grapefruit League game against the Twins. Dice-K will be on the mound. First pitch 7:05 Eastern.