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Potent quotables: 'They make mistakes, too.'

Oct 10, 2009, 1:56 PM EDT

“They make mistakes, too. They made a mistake there and we just got to live with it.”



- Joe Mauer plays it classy,
even though umpire Phil Cuzzi’s blown call during Friday’s Game 2
possibly cost the Twins a run in an eventual 4-3 loss to the Yankees.
The team’s season is now on life support as they head back to Minnesota
for Game 3.




“You feel so good. You grind out an at-bat against
one of the best closers in the game, and you get a favorable count and
you get a pitch in your wheelhouse, and obviously you don’t want to
miss it. And the fun part is I was just thinking base hit, hit the ball
hard somewhere.”




- With a ninth-inning, game-tying home run off Joe Nathan in Game 2, Alex Rodriguez is quickly shaking that pesky “unclutch” tag that has followed him since joining the Yankees. He is 4-for-8 with five RBI over the first two games of the ALDS.



“I just wanted
him to show me some respect. He just straight-faced me and walked away.
He’d be pissed if I did that to him. Just listen to what I have to say.
Don’t just take your mask off, and walk away. I know I can’t say
anything. I guess they have more power than anybody. It’s a frustrating
deal because … I’m not even a person that you’ll respect. I don’t know
what I need to do.”




- More trouble with the men in blue, as Josh Beckett was peeved with home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor
after he failed to acknowledge concerns that Mike Napoli turned into a
curveball in the seventh inning of Friday’s Game 2. The hit-by-pitch
opened the door for two more runs to score.




“No, our strategy is that we need to win. No, we need to win a game.”



- Terry Francona, upon being asked if his strategy changes now that the Red Sox are on the brink of elimination.

  1. Andrew - Oct 11, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Bucknor’s been beyond awful during this series, but the Napoli play shouldn’t bother anyone.
    You see batters do less to avoid being hit plenty of times throughout the season. Since the pitch was a breaking ball, it’s not unreasonable to argue that Napoli expected the pitch to keep breaking and not hit him.
    With plenty of other examples of terrible officiating this postseason, the Napoli plate appearance should be the least of anyone’s concern.

  2. Andrew - Oct 11, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Bucknor’s been beyond awful during this series, but the Napoli play shouldn’t bother anyone.
    You see batters do less to avoid being hit plenty of times throughout the season. Since the pitch was a breaking ball, it’s not unreasonable to argue that Napoli expected the pitch to keep breaking and not hit him.
    With plenty of other examples of terrible officiating this postseason, the Napoli plate appearance should be the least of anyone’s concern.

  3. JoeRunner - Oct 11, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    worse, far worse, than any so called bad call an umpire makes is the arrogance that a few of them show openly to players on the field.
    Everybody screws up. Some people can face their mistakes and deal with them and move on. Others, when questioned, feel they are under attack and their authority is being attacked and they react. We all know and work with both kind
    Cuzzi admitted he screwed up (after he saw the tape and the crew chief apologized), admitted it and said he was sorry.
    And hit batsman? Beckett was right, beyond question. Napoli barely moved. Its like a lot of rules that are unevenly enforced.
    Craig Biggio used to purposely step into the way of a close pitch so it would be sure to hit him. He got away with it a lot. He has the MLB record for it I think.

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