We’re back with the Desperation Edition of What They Said, What They Meant as the quotes from chron.com (spit) and the real meaning increasingly reflect a team and coaching staff heading full steam towards a cliff.
- What he said: “We’re going to continue to go with the guys that are down there. That’s all we can do. We can’t go with somebody that’s not down there. We don’t have defined roles, so what else can we do (other) than what we’re doing.”
- What he meant: “Boy you press boys are real idiots. If we don’t have defined roles for the bullpen – why couldn’t we do something else? Like have Fields ready to help out or let Qualls ease back from illness in a different role. And I love that I decide that there are no defined roles and then use that to defend any damn, stupid thing I do.”
John Mallee, hitting coach after the recent feeble efforts by the offense.
- What he said: “You feel for (the hitters). They work so hard together and spend so much time together, obviously everybody wants them to be successful and there’s a lot of stress involved for us (the coaches). And not because it looks bad on us as a staff, but you feel for them. They’re really good players. Average is an accumulation of numbers over time. It’s a small sample size here.”
- What he meant: “What the heck is going on? You would think that just by chance somebody would be hitting better than normal – not everybody hitting like they are channeling their inner Cody Clark. I feel for the hitters alright – I feel my hands closing around their collective necks as they get my butt fired.”
Bo Porter after Matt Dominguez tried to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out by about 45 feet.
- What he said: Porter stared blankly for 18 seconds before answering. “It’s just not smart, obviously. And sorry for taking so long to answer the question. I went and asked Matt Dominguez, ‘Do you think you’re invisible? You are down (5-0) and the ball is right in front of you.’ So, to answer your question: No, I don’t like it. There was nothing smart about it, and next question.”
- What he meant: “First of all I had to ask myself have I ever seen this before and my answer was yes – but it was at my son’s T-ball game and the little boy made it to 2nd anyways, because at that age they can neither catch the ball nor tag anyone out. Second, it shocked me because even though Matty D has some drawbacks – he is slower than molasses on an Alaskan glacier, has big holes in his swing and sometimes botches easy plays in the field – he is not a dumb ball player. If he is going brain dead on me now – is their any hope for this team?”
Scott Kazmir after being asked about signing with the Oakland A’s after talking with the Houston Astros.
- What he said: “Yeah, it was serious, I ended up talking to all of the guys. We had a meeting together, front office guys, (manager) Bo Porter was there. We talked about things. It just, for whatever reason, (didn’t work out). This is a great group of guys that are going to come up together and be a solid organization, a solid team in the big leagues. Definitely had interest.”
- What he meant: “I can think of a couple reasons it didn’t work out. One was the A’s offering me 2 years / $22 million while the Astros were offering me shares in some crazy network they are trying to rescue from bankruptcy. And really – all things being equal – the A’s finished 45!!!!! games ahead of the Astros last season. Which one would you pick? And hey if they really wanted me why didn’t they sign me when I was stuck pitching for the Skeeters in their backyard last year?”
- What he said: “At least if a guy throws strikes and forces the opponent to swing the bat, we have an opportunity to defend the baseball. That was pretty much the message that we delivered to Chapman last night: ‘You have the stuff to pitch here, but you have to be able to command it.’ Valdes is a veteran guy. He’s been in this role before. He’s a strike thrower. At this juncture when we bring that lefty into that situation — a lefty-lefty matchup — we need the guy to put the ball in play or strike him out.”
- What he meant: “So they send me a 36 year old has-been who throws lots of strikes usually. He threw lots of strikes last season for the Phillies – of course the league tattooed him for a 7.20 ERA, but hey he is a strike thrower. Well until we brought him up and he walked 2 guys in 2/3 of an inning……YAAAAARRRGGGHHHH!!”
Bo Porter after the Astros got “handled” by James Shields.
- What he said: “Any time a guy goes eight innings against your ballclub, you have to give him credit. At the same time, offensively, we did not swing the bat well.”
- What he meant: “Can I just number my responses? Like this one about giving the guy credit for doing what every lug does against us, and how our team is not swinging the bat well. I’ll call this response #4 – in fact I’ll write up a whole list of these responses and then when you ask a question – I can just yell out ‘Number 4’ and save us all a bunch of time.”
Bo Porter after the release of Lucas Harrell.
- What he said: “As far as Lucas Harrell goes, I think that some times situations run their course. Lucas Harrell is a major league pitcher. We wish him nothing but the best. At the same time sometimes a change of scenery is probably best for a guy. I think that’s pretty much the point that we got to as an organization that we felt like a change of scenery was best for him.”
- What he meant: “Oh Lord, I just thought about what I said and I realized that this is exactly what Jeff Luhnow plans on saying about me soon.”
Bo Porter after a recent 11-3 loss.
- What he said: “We talked to these guys today and just told ‘em, we said, ‘Listen, man, people start to look at slumps — it’s small samples’. And you can get caught up real easy. Just as fast as a guy can go 0-for-20, a guy can go 10-for-20, and think, ‘Wow, this guy’s the best player ever.’ It all goes in cycles.”
- What he meant: “Like anybody, I would like to have – a long managing career; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to see the prospects. And I’ve looked down in the minor league system. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a team, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of Jonathan Singleton, Carlos Correa, Michael Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, Mark Appel and…...” (Apologies to the late Dr. Martin Luther King and to the Lord).
Jeff Luhnow Bonus Quote that I borrowed from Chip’s Monday morning post.
- What Jeff said: “Guys that don’t produce aren’t going to stick around.”
- What you think Jeff meant -??????