It has been a long time since the blog has revisited the classic WTSWTM, more easily understood as What They Said – What They Meant. Simply stated, several Astros related quotes are pulled from mlb.com and reprinted here. Then we untangle the coach or player speak and tell you what the person really meant…
Pitcher Lance McCullers after a couple of jam shots cost him the only 2 runs he gave up Sunday…
- What he said. “Every time I say something about something, people like to run with it. You guys saw the play. You guys saw how those two balls were hit. The runs that came across probably should never have. It kind of sucks because you look at the game, and it kind of boils down to that one play. It is what it is, I guess.”
- What he meant. “That #$%^ing ball. $#@% the ball. And *&$# me. I want to ^%%$& the %^^% out of the first-base bag and every $&#@ around. And @#!% to you too for taking my &*^$ story and running with it. You can take it and shove it up to your ^%$@. What do you mean I’m not mature?”
Manager Dusty Baker on Kent Emanuel’s 8-2/3 inning debut in relief of injured Jake Odorizzi on Saturday…
- What he said. “I’m always apprehensive of a guy saying he’s ready and everybody’s getting impatient and wanting the game to start. He took his time, and [catcher] Jason Castro directed him through the game. At first, he was a little bit overamped. He was throwing a lot of fastballs, and then Jason and he settled in, and he started using all his pitches.”
- What he meant “He was overamped as in Lance McCullers overamped, but unlike Lance, he let his catcher settle him down.”
Pitcher Zack Greinke after somehow escaping with 2 runs allowed after giving up 10 hits in Friday’s game…..
- What he said. “It was intense. Sometimes it didn’t look very good.”
- What he meant. “Let’s face it. When you throw pitches that would bounce off the glass, you don’t always look good like the guys who throw 95 mph like I used to do. But on the other hand, having these hitters twisting themselves into pretzels with guys on base means they don’t look very good either.”
Reliever Joe Smith after getting beat around the ears again…
- What he said. “It’s frustrating as hell when you walk out there and get slapped around like you don’t even belong in the big leagues. You can sit there and keep getting your butt kicked, or you can work and continue to get better and try to find something. That’s what we’re doing, and I feel good with where we’re headed.”
- What he meant. “What am I supposed to say. I know I’ve stunk. The fans know I’ve stunk. The guy who sells beer in the upper deck knows I’ve stunk. The only thing I can say is I was a good reliever in 2019, and I can be that guy again. Please, be patient.”
Pitcher Jake Odorizzi relaying how he feels after hearing he would only miss a couple starts with a right pronator muscle strain…
- What he said. “Pretty positive, to be honest. Hopefully, this takes 10 days, and I will be ready to go. I’m feeling better every day. It’s a pretty positive thing. I think it’s pretty optimistic to think it’s very short term as opposed to what some of the stuff when you hear forearm, elbow area.”
- What he meant. “Well, it’s better than straining your antinator muscle, lol. I hope I don’t get Wally Pipped by Kent Emanuel.”
Catcher Martin Maldonado talking about the effect of signing an extension after the season started…..
- What he said. “I was going through a lot of stuff in my mind. I was talking about the deal, thinking about the deal, striking out way too much. It’s something I don’t recommend to nobody when you start talking about an extension in the middle of the season. We finally did it, and now I can sleep better. I wasn’t sleeping well before that.”
- What he meant. “Hey, what a perfect excuse for why I have been the hitting version of Joe Smith’s pitching.”
Dusty Baker on Luis Garcia pitching well in the freezing Colorado weather…..
- What he said. “[Pitchers] actually perform pretty good during these conditions because the hitters are the ones that don’t like their hands stinging. The hitters are the ones that are standing around at their positions.”
- What he meant. “I was a hitter for umpteen years. If I had been a pitcher, I would have talked about how pitchers hands are numb, the ball feels like a slick ball bearing and how the pitchers sit in the dugout stiffening up. But I wasn’t, so I didn’t.”
- GM James Click on why the Astros had no postponements after having five players put on the COVID IL vs the Twins having a series of postponements…
- What he said. “There are nuances between the various situations in terms of threats and concerns about the further spread in the clubhouse, and that necessitated shutting things down. I can’t get into the specifics of our results, their results. Still, a big determining factor in this is the concern about it turning into a Marlins or Cardinals situation from last year where every day there’s another positive, another two positives, and try to get ahead of it.”
What you think he meant.