Today we wander back to an old Chipalatta standard – something we call What They Said – What They Meant. In the world of sportspeak, folks don’t always say what they really mean, so here at the blog, we will be glad to interpret for you.
Astro Yordan Alvarez after his sixth game rocket shot to set up the Astros for a World Series win…
- What he said – “I didn’t look for anything, I didn’t look at the iPad. I waited for my at-bat, I didn’t go looking at anything. I knew that was my moment. I had this peace of mind that I knew was my moment. And it happened.”
- What he meant – “I am a bad a$”.
Phillies reliever Jose Alvarado after being brought in to specifically face Alvarez ,,,,,
- What he said – “If I make a good pitch, maybe it’s a ground ball, double play, inning over. [But] when he hit the ball, the sound, you say, ‘OK, that’s gone.’”
- What he meant – “He is a bad a$”
Phillies Manager Rob Thomson after seeing the Alvarado move blow up in his face….
- What he said – “Going into the Series, it was always kind of Alvarado on Álvarez. It was the sixth inning, and I felt like the normal back end of the bullpen guys could get through it.”
- What he meant – “Yeah maybe normal doesn’t work against a great hitter, even if he had been struggling. So, I copied a Scott Servais move. At least I used a real left-handed reliever, not a starter, who never relieves.”
Astro manager Dusty Baker on no longer the winningest manager to not win a World Series…..
- What he said – “Not anymore. Now they can quit talking about it.”
- What he meant – “Not anymore. Now they can quit talking about it. And that goes for my team and that trash can banging thing…..”
Astro owner Jim Crane after the split with GM James Click
- What he said – “We are grateful for all of James’ contributions. We have had great success in each of his three seasons, and James has been an important part of that success. I want to personally thank him and wish him and his family well moving forward.”
- What he meant – “We were so grateful for James’ contribution, we had to have our arms twisted to give him the same length contract as our 73-year-old manager who is working year to year. We wish his family well in moving….”
Former Astro GM James Click after he turned down the Astros one year extension….
- What he said – “We’re different. There’s some things we do very differently. There’s some things we’re very lined up on. ….. In any job, there are going to be things that are good and there are going to be things that are bad. You just have to take it all on balance.”
- What he meant – “We’re different. I thought I was doing a great job, and he thought he could do my job better than I do. In any job there are going to be things that are good (going to the ALCS, the World Series and winning the World Series in my 3 years) and there are going to be things that are bad (like savoring the World Series victory for only 6 days).”
Former Astros Assistant GM David Stearns after stepping down as the Brewers head of baseball operations with other jobs (like the Astros GM job available).
- What he said – “I’m not going anywhere.”
- What he meant – “To paraphrase George HW Bush, ‘Read my lips – I’m not going anywhere.’ But like President Bush – check back in a bit…..”
Jim Crane on possibly replacing Click…..
- What he said – “We’ve got some names [to replace Click]. I’m going to take my time on it this time. Last time, I was in a little crunch. I didn’t have a GM and didn’t have a manager. We’ve got a pretty solid baseball ops team that’s been around. Firkus and Charles Cook have been with the team a while. … We’re going to interview a bunch of people and see where we land with that. I don’t expect anything to happen before the first of the year.”
- What he meant – “Last time we were past the heart of the off-season moves, and this time we have not even begun the off-season, but for some reason I feel like I can take my time. Maybe I really do want to be Jerry Jones. After all, he hasn’t won a championship in 27 years, but his team is worth the most among all U.S. sports teams at $5.5 billion.”
- Jim Crane on trying to re-sign Justin Verlander
- What he said – “I know him well, so we’ve been pretty candid. He’s looking at the comp, which I think there’s only one or two. … J.V.’s probably got a few years left, and he wants to make the most of it. I think he’s going to test the market on that.”
What do you think he meant.