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Leftovers from Opening Week

Posted by Craig Forde  April 8, 2013 04:38 PM

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With Media Days and season opening series already in the past, there was some stuff that fell through the cracks along the way. After combing through the debris of endless quotes and thoughts on the upcoming season, I decided to not let them go to waste. Instead I've recycled some of the best quotes from the past week that didn't make it anywhere else on the blog.

On the early April weather in New England

“The cold is the cold, it’s not going to change no matter where you go. I’m just excited to start a new season.” – Deck McGuire, Fisher Cats pitcher.

“We’ll get used to it and it’ll warm up real quick.” – Ryan Lavarnway, PawSox catcher.

“I don’t know if these guys can complain. I’ve had three opening days in Portland, Maine and another in Pawtucket. There have been some cold ones. In 2007 we got snowed out 8 of the first 11 games. I’ve been familiar with this. The sooner the guys accept it, the better you’re going to be. When you just bitch about it and just complain about it all the time, that’s just going to make it that much worse.” - Tommy Hottovy, Fisher Cats pitcher.

“I’m from Oregon, so we’re pretty used to the colder weather. The last couple of days, however, with the wind being the way it was, it was a little different. I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to today, but actually it was pretty decent out there.” – Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Fisher Cats opening day starter.

“DHing, especially in this weather, it’s tough. You’re sitting around and you see him on the side, keeping his legs loose and making sure that he’s staying warm. It’s not easy in conditions like this. A lot of guys would rather be out on the field and moving around.” - Kevin Boles, Sea Dogs manager on Xander Bogaerts in the designated hitters role.

On Jackie Bradley Jr.

“I know Jackie really well. When you see one of your buddies do something that special, and make it that fast, not only does it show us that hard work really pays, it gives us a little inspiration. It kind of pushes us a little bit to be like, “Alright, he’s there. Let’s go, I want to get there too.”” – Matt Barnes, Sea Dogs pitcher.

“I played with him last year…and in Spring Training. I tell you what, that kid knows how to play. He has all the tools. He’s a well-rounded baseball player and he knows how to play the game. Seeing how he goes about his business and his job, inspires me and makes me want to do what he did.” – Jeremy Hazelbaker, PawSox outfielder.

On the season ahead

"It’s going to be pretty unbelievable. I think we have a pretty good rotation and staff as a whole. It’s not really a secret. We have a lot of guys that are pretty good, pretty talented and we’re a pretty close group. We’re going to have a lot of competition between ourselves at the same time. Hopefully we’re going to have a good time this year and have a lot of fun.” – Anthony Ranaudo, Sea Dogs pitcher.

“We’re looking to just be ourselves and have our own good year and hopefully duplicate, but not be the same type of team [as last year’s Governors’ Cup Champion PawSox].” – Gary DiSarcina, PawSox manager.

“I’m happy with where I’m at right now. I’m trying to get to Boston but at the same time you don’t focus on that. If you focus on that then you take the focus away from what you can control.” – Matt Barnes, Sea Dogs pitcher.

“The main thing is that I have a jersey on and I’m out there getting to throw the baseball and that’s really all you can ask for…My goal this year is not to be in Buffalo, my goal is to be in the big leagues. Whether I’m here, whether I’m in Buffalo or Dunedin, I’m still not where I want to be. That’s the mindset you kind of have to take and keep plugging away. That’s the goal of all of us.” – Tommy Hottovy, Fisher Cats pitcher.

“We’ve got a great group of guys. I know that’s kind of an over-said phrase when camp breaks and during media day, but really we have a great group of guys. A lot of people that are very talented and very skillful and we have very high hopes for this team.” – Jeremy Hazelbaker, PawSox outfielder.

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Craig Forde covers baseball talent as it develops into the next big thing. He has covered high school and college sports for the Boston Globe, and the minor league teams More »


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