What they said, what they meant: ASG Edition
It has been a while since we played WTSWTM. The goal of this exercise is to take an Astros related quote and interpret it by stating what the player, coach, etc. really meant. One change is that quotes will no longer be taken from chron.com (spit!!), since chron.com (spit!!) wants to be paid for what it professes to be content. These quotes are taken from the Astros news section of mlb.com which is as free as the air we breathe.
All Star Will Harris on his long trip from reject and injury to All Star.
- What he said. “My rehab took a couple of years. I stayed with it. You just want to give it your best shot, so when I’m done playing, you can look back and say, ‘Well, all right, you did everything you could possibly do, and it just didn’t work out.’ In my case, it happened to work out, and I feel blessed that it did. My journey led me to here, so I’m pretty happy about it.”
- What he meant. “Out of school I pitched really well for 3 seasons in the minors. I then pitch in one game the next two years, which I lose to TJ surgery and then micro-fracture surgery. I make the majors and get waived 3 times, before being picked up by the worst team in either leabue. Now I am in pennant races and I’m a frigging All-Star. Yes, I am blessed and the happiest guy around!”
Stephen Vogt, A’s catcher on his All-Star teammate, Jose Altuve.
- What he said. “You’re talking about one of the best players in the world. I feel like every at-bat is meaningful to him. He doesn’t take any at-bats off. It’s personal. He wants to hit the ball as hard as he can every at-bat. It’s every at-bat, 600 of them in a year. He gets 200 hits a year because he never takes an at-bat off. It’s a hard thing to do.”
- What he meant. “Rob Dibble is crazy, ignorant and a total has-been and should be shining Jose Altuve’s shoes with his tongue. “
Manager A.J. Hinch on his team.
- What he said. “We haven’t played our best, but I’ll take my team against any team in the league. I don’t know what that means. I don’t know what declaration that is, but I like my team the best.”
- What he meant. “What other choice do I have? Am I supposed to say I like the Rangers or Giants better?”
Hinch on Dallas Keuchel starting to turn his season around.
- What he said. “You can tell he had a little bit of swagger. He had a little moxie. He had a little bit of competitiveness in the dugout. He was into it, and he competed as Dallas Keuchel competes.”
- What he meant. “I don’t know what happened to that other Dallas Keuchel, who kept crashing and burning the first couple months of the season, but I hope he has gone back to the Mother ship, never to return.”
Alex Bregman on where he wants to play.
- What he said. “I’ll play wherever they want me to play. Anywhere on the field. Do anything to help the team win. Whether that’s playing left field or third base or wherever, I don’t care. That would be a dream come true to be able to play postseason baseball with the Astros this year.”
- What he meant. “I would hand wash everyone’s jock straps as long as they were major league jock straps and they were worn in a game that I got to play in….”
Bob Melvin, A’s Manager after the A’s scored 5 runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead and gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to lose the game last Friday.
- What he said. “Any time you lose on a walk-off like that, it’s brutal, but based on the fact we had come back with a guy with a less-than-1 ERA (Will Harris), we put together good at-bats the whole inning and give ourselves a two-run lead, it’s tough. Ryan Madson‘s been really good for us this year … I feel good whenever he takes the mound when we have the lead. I fully believed we were going to win the game.”
- What he meant. “How often does a team come from 3 runs behind in the 9th for a two run lead? How many times does that same team then blow that 2 run lead? Are we talking once a season? Once every other season? We are snake bit against these Astros. It doesn’t matter if it is Madson or Huston Street, they love hitting against this bullpen?”
Luis Valbuena after his three run walk off bomb wins the same game.
- What he said. “It’s so fun. Everybody goes to the field to enjoy the big win.”
- What he meant. “It’s Lima Time!!”
Crazy stat. Normally we end WTSWTM with a sample quote for the readers to interpret, but the following stat is just so insane that it will wrap up today’s efforts. Friday night Carlos Correa in his 182nd game hit the 35th HR of his Astros career, which ties him with Adam Everett for most HRs by an Astros’ SS in his career!! This demonstrates what an offensive black hole that position has been over the seasons. Nobody hit more HRs at SS for the Astros in their careers. Not Denis Menke, Roger Metzger, Ricky Gutierrez or even Dickie Thon. Nuts!