Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
10/21/2010 1:39 PM ET
On MVP chants and time for heroes
Yanks, Rangers fans show support for Cano, Hamilton
"It's two dangerous guys on both sides. Both teams would be happy to have either one. Both teams are happy to have the guy that they have. You hear the constant MVP chants both here in Texas and in New York, and it's going to be interesting to see who gets it when it's all said and done."
-- Curtis Granderson on teammate Robinson Cano and Josh Hamilton. Both players have hit four home runs in the American League Championship Series to tie an LCS record.
"He's been battling and hitting pitches that most normal people can't hit. If he can hit that through the regular season, we'll be very impressed, but that's what happens when guys are hot -- they can hit anything. I don't know too many guys that can lift that up over a third baseman; most guys normally hit it into the ground. You have to tip your hat. That's kind of the way baseball plays out sometimes."
-- Cole Hamels, on red-hot Giants outfielder Cody Ross.
"What a great story Josh was this season. He was a guy I always knew had the talent. There aren't many guys who can steal 30 to 40 bags, get you 40 home runs, hit .350 and have a plus, plus arm. Those guys are tough to find, but he is one of them."
-- Albert Pujols, on AL Most Valuable Player candidate Josh Hamilton.
"You look at this team, we have some characters here, you know, whether you want to call them castoffs or misfits. I compare them to the Dirty Dozen. That's the way they play, but they've coalesced into a team that goes out there to win."
--Giants manager Bruce Bochy on his the unique personalities of his players.
(South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"He knows how to throw the fastball by you. He knows how to locate that fastball. And then his slider is a very good pitch. He was keeping it down in the zone. And then just when you thought a certain pitch would come, he would throw in a changeup. That's what it really takes."
-- Cole Hamels on Giants right-hander Matt Cain.
(San Jose Mercury News)
"I just wanted to fight, no matter what the situation was. I was just going to try to make some pitches to make sure I got some outs."
-- CC Sabathia after his victory in ALCS Game 5, staving off the Yankees from elimination.
"I feel good at the plate, but the bottom line is we just won the game. If you didn't win, it doesn't mean anything. So just go out there and win the game, you stay alive and just do anything to stay in the race."
-- Robinson Cano, who hit his fourth home run of the ALCS on Wednesday night to tie a record.
"It just depends, because even though I played in New York it was for the Mets. They might cheer me here, for all I know. It was a great place to play baseball, and I enjoyed my time in New York."
-- Jeff Francoeur on the type of reception the former Met expected from New York fans on Monday night in Game 3 of the ALCS.
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
"I felt the best I probably felt in the last couple of weeks. I felt like I commanded a lot of pitches and was able to get some quick outs. [I was a little disappointed that I couldn't go deep in the game, but you know, it was definitely relaxing for those guys to go out there and put up the runs they did today."
-- Colby Lewis on his Game 2 start against the Yankees in the ALCS.
(New York Daily News)
"I wouldn't say [Cliff Lee] was better tonight. He's always pretty consistent. Another masterpiece."
-- Alex Rodriguez after Cliff Lee threw eight scoreless innings and struck out 13 New York hitters on Monday night in Game 3 of the ALCS.
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
"Very fitting Uribe came up in the ninth after making that play. The ball always finds the guy who comes off the bench, and the ball found him. He made a great play. We're happy for him. He got a chance to be the hero tonight, and he was."
--Closer Brian Wilson on Juan Uribe, who took over at shortstop in the top of the ninth inning in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series and immediately corralled a hotshot deep in the hole before throwing to first for the out. His sacrifice fly gave the Giants the 6-5 win over the Phillies.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
"I'm pretty loose the whole time. That's just the way I've kept it. It's kind of a way to hide the nervousness, I guess you could say. It's just a baseball game. You've got to have fun. You've been doing it since you were little."
-- Tommy Hunter on preparing to pitch ALCS Game 4.
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
"I plan on being healthy enough to not miss a beat in Spring Training. I'm sure the coaches will be cautious at first, but I hope to prove early in spring that I don't need to be babied or coddled in any way, and that I can go out and play baseball as normal."
-- Joe Nathan, Twins closer, who had Tommy John surgery last spring.
(St. Paul Pioneer Press)
"Everybody has got competition throughout the organization. Everybody has competition you have to beat out and outperform. That's just the way I'm going to go about it, just play the game the right way. I think if you just continue to play the right way, play hard, I think everything should work for itself."
--Nationals catching prospect Derek Norris on battling the competition for a role in the big leagues.
(The Washington Post)
-- Red Line Editorial