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Quote of the Day: Brian Roberts on becoming a Yankee

Jan 23, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

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MASN interviewed former Oriole Brian Roberts about leaving the only franchise he’s ever known to put on the Yankees pinstripes. Money quote:

“When you have the opportunity to play for such a storied franchise and an organization that is always going to give you a chance to win a World Series every year, it doesn’t take a whole lot.”

Oh, sorry. I must have mixed up that quote. This was obviously said by someone who signed with the Red Sox or Cardinals.


  1. mightymike1250 - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    “Oh, sorry. I must have mixed up that quote. This was obviously said by someone who signed with the Red Sox or Cardinals.” Come on, Craig. You’re better than this.

    • chip56 - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      No, he’s really not.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Key word, always!

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    We’re talking about 2014 now. Stop living in the past (unless you liked 2009)

    • RickyB - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      A Yankee fan telling someone else to stop living in the past? I find this rather shocking, especially as a Yankee fan.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Leave Len alone. He is still grieving over A-Rod.

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        RickyB, you are the worst Yankee fan, ever.

      • sparkyxproof - Jan 25, 2014 at 3:44 AM

        He’s just sending it right back atcha Ricky. Us Yankee fans hear this all too much from people like you who just Mimick what you hear and read. Are you one of them who are still going around saying that George Steinbrenner should just mind his own business even though he’s dead ??

      • msambrato - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        2014 Yankees are a MUCH different team than the 2013 Yankees.

  3. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Nah. This isn’t Trolling The Right Way. Its easy, I tells ya. Point out the uncertainty with the pitching, the decrepit IF, the bag-of-balls bullpen, and the stink of ARod hanging over the whole thing. They’ll go bananas.

    • msambrato - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      Oh you think the pitching is suspect? You didn’t see Nova’s 36 pitch (31 for strikes) 3 inning outing today?

      You’re still wrapped in your cocoon of 2013 when everyone was injured and/or retiring.

      There’s actually quite a bit of young pitching wealth in NY – SP & RP. Guys are getting healthy and starting to mature. Pineda is said to look good, ManBan is healthy now, Warren is 92-94, Claiborne is a power arm strikeout guy, Phelps has had success, Cabral, Betances and Mitchell are all good arms. Nuno keeps pitching well & Nova had a 2.78 ERA after the break last year. Robertsn had a 1.04 WHIP and was near the mendoza in BAA.

      You heard about this Tanaka guy right?

      With McCann, Beltran, Ellsbury, Gardner, Soriano, Tex and Jeter – they’ll score runs this year. Whatever they get out of Roberts/Nunez/Anna/Solarte/Johnson at 2B and 3B will be a bonus.

      Don’t be shocked if the Yankees are actually a very good team this year.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:09 AM

        Good. Lord. Its a spring training game. SPRING TRAINING. I’ve seen the Astros do the same thing. IN SPRING TRAINING. Jeez.

      • msambrato - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        You act as if Nova wasn’t 38-20 in his career and terrific in the last half of the season last year. The Yankees have reloaded – and they have a pretty deep collection of young arms. No amount of trolling can change that.

        In two months your gloating will turn into crying. Enjoy it while it lasts.

      • mordecofe - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        Yes 38-20, wins are certainly the best metric to measure how well a pitcher does.

  4. pisano - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    One thing about your post, your screen name is fitting.

  5. uyf1950 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Obviously the Red Sox give players the chance to win the World Series every year, Craig. Except any player that signed with them in 3 of the last 4 years when they missed the postseason entirely and finished no higher then 3rd in a 5 team division.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      And what happened that 4th season that you failed to mention? Interesting you selectively chose a 4 year period to pump up your position. I forgot the old 2/5 of a decade argument that is so prevelant in sports today. But seeing that you brought it up during that same 4 year period your beloved bombers were shut out of the grand prize, unless excellence for Yankee fans is now defined by playoff appearances. I prefer to measure an organization’s success over a period of a decade. The Sox have won 3 titles during the last 10 seasons while your geezers have 1 over that time period. I would agree with Craig certainly when it comes to the Cardinals, the team which has become the franchise which ALL teams should try to emulate, including the Sox and Yanks.

      • djpostl - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        You fail at reading comprehension, don’t you?

        Because the quote was “an organization that is always going to give you a chance to win a World Series every year” so lemme explain this REAL SLOW…

        If they failed to even make the playoffs in 3 of 4 years then they really don’t meet the critera, now do they?

        A team that is in the playoffs, say 16 out of the last 18 times gives you a better shot at that then a team that has made it 8 or 9 in that same time period.

        Now run along and brush up on your English.

        And you’re math.

        And you’re punctuation.

        As for the last decade, much props to the Red Sox but if you’re entire argument is that somehow making the playoffs 8 out of 10 years (and winning a WS as recent as four seasons ago is somehow a failure then we’ll just have to agree that you’re an idiot.

      • doctornature - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        At Dpostl: For a guy trying to give lessons in English, this is Hysterical:

        Re: your use of “you’re” when “Your” is the correct word

        “Now run along and brush up on your English.

        And you’re math.

        And you’re punctuation.”

        Thanks for the laugh, Forrest!

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        djpostl boy for failed public school education…are you someone with a second grade reading level ? I’m guessing you missed English class when they discussed the difference between your and you’re. Or maybe, more likely, English isn’t YOUR native language but in either case YOU’RE making Dexter Manley look like a genius.

  6. barrywhererufrom - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Ah Yankee Pinstripe envy is back and thriving..Don’t worry Yankee haters Robert’s got hurt after this interview..

  7. sdelmonte - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Or the Giants. Or the Rangers.

  8. happytwinsfan - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    love them or hate them the quote is true. the yankees never go into rebuilding mode. they don’t succeed every year, but they do try to get to the play offs and beyond every year.

  9. whacko4flacco - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    As an O’s fan I wish BRob nothing but the best. He was a good soldier on terrible teams for a decade. Our franchise is hopeless as long as Angelos is the owner. He finally gets to play for a franchise that’s committed to winning. The only thing the Angelos-owned Orioles are committed to is stealing money from the fans and pocketing it then crying boohoo small market BS when in reality the Ravens don’t have that problem and from a baseball perspective the Nats who play in the same market and get the short end of the MASN “partnership” still invest in the team. And to any O’s fan questioning his loyalty, he signed the extension 4 years ago in the prime of his career when the O’s showed no reason to indicate there was hope in the future. The guy has never played a meaningful game in his life. By the time the Orioles finally showed some respectability he couldn’t stay on the field. He’s a good person and was a play maker in his prime with a little still in the tank. I’ll be rooting for him.

  10. ningenito78 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Craig the PED Apologist just throwing a Troll in on his résumé. Do you, Craig.

  11. cackalackyank - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Ah. Taking the high road. Personally, seems like Roberts has a pretty good grasp on things. Having been an Oriole I think he has the perfect insight. When then Orioles showed they were on the cusp of being a force again in the AL Beast what did Angelos do? Open the check book a little wider to get the other parts that would have kept them going in the right direction? No. They wiggled out of the only real deal they entered into this offseason. The difference between NYY and too many other MLB teams in a nutshell.

    • ithacamike - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Hmm, they just signed Jimenez and Nelson Cruz. I guess you missed that AND the fact that the O’s and Yanks had the same record last year…some “difference” lol

      • cackalackyank - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        WoW. Only took you 40 days and 40 nights to come up with that. I bow to your superior wit and knowledge. /s

      • msambrato - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        And the Yankees also signed McCann, Beltran, Tanaka, Ellsbury and are getting Jeter and Tex back.

        I’d say there’s a difference.

  12. chip56 - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    The only thing that surprised me is that Craig didn’t think of a clever way to get A-Rod in there somehow…tool :-)

  13. djpostl - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Color me surprised the butthurt Braves fan (still said because your bitch ass team couldn’t win ONE home game versus the Yankees in two different series?) takes a shot at the Yankees.

    They have a far better shot than the Braves with their diminished rotation and pathetic lineup.

    We’ll just leave it at that.

    • djpostl - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:07 PM


  14. chip56 - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    In the dark of night Craig still sees Mark Wholers hanging a fat slider to Jim Leyritz.

    • msambrato - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Here you go Craig – one good turn deserves another…

  15. beachnbaseball - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Roberts comment, considering the team he had been playing for, was valid.

    Craig, your comment was lame.

    • pisano - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      beachnbaseball…. I couldn’t agree more, I didn’t think Craig was that shallow

  16. rayderray - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Did he say a STEROID franchise? There must have been a misquote there…

  17. muir6 - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM


  18. @Cereal_22 - Jan 23, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    New Yorkers are going to love watching BRob jog to first base on lazy grounders.

    • cackalackyank - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Like Cano did.

      • pisano - Jan 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        cackalack… yeah, I got tired of that lazy sob, I’m probably one of the few that was glad the Yankees held their ground and let him rot in Seattle.

  19. haaseline - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Gee Craig brilliant statement ??? if you were playing jeopardy !!! Does you will go to your grave with yanks still owning the most rings than any team ring a bell ???

  20. bigharold - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    “This was obviously said by someone who signed with the Red Sox or Cardinals.”

    Wow Craig, .. you really are pissed that Maddux isn’t going into the HOF as a Brave.

  21. stex52 - Jan 23, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Hey, Craig got his shot in and you guys gave him the hits on the site.

    But somehow the world just seems back in order with Sox and Yanks fans trading nasties. Good job, Craig.

  22. hip2bdaniel - Jan 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM


    Then interview was on YES Network, transcribed by Steve Melewski on MASN.

  23. chuckychucksteak - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    jeesus craig, we get it. you dont like the yankees.

  24. rcali - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Outside of Tanaka, is Roberts the second youngest player on the yankees? Enjoy all 10 games you’ll get out of him Yankee fan! What’s cute is that he thinks the Yankees will be competing for the World Series.

    • msambrato - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      What’s even more funny is how butthurt you’re going to be when the Yanks are good this year.

  25. johnnycantread - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    For some reason, I’m reminded of Lenn Sakata.

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