It’s Monday morning, which means it’s time for another edition of Clubhouse Cliff Notes.
In this entry, you’ll find a few of the most interesting/funny/insightful things spoken in the Nationals clubhouse over the last week.
Again, I might re-use a quote that you’ve seen in one of my previous entries, but I’ll do my best to keep this stuff fresh with new material.
Here we go:
April 11 postgame
Context: On winning the first two series of the season, both on the road
Quote: “It’s huge. That’s the name of the game. You’ve got to win series. That’s Bobby Cox’s old credo when I first came up: You battle to win series, and if you do that, pile up and you’ll end up in the playoffs. So to go on the road and start on the road and start 4-2, and not only that but to pitch the way we did and to be in every ballgame to the end, to mount some comebacks, to get some big hits. We’re playing good ball.”
April 14 postgame
Context: On the starters’ high strikeout numbers
Quote: “I know I said we don’t worry about that. And I’m not worried about it. But we have guys who have swing-and-miss stuff. So I’m certainly not going to go back and say: ‘Hey, quit striking out guys!’ As long as you’re not throwing 160 pitches, strike out 27. I don’t care.”
April 15 postgame
Context: On whether he felt he had struck out Ryan Ludwick prior to allowing a grand slam
Quote: (Stone-dead silence)
April 14 postgame
Context: On Ian Desmond’s defensive ability
Quote: “Desi’s one of the most athletic shortstops in the game. He can make some plays that I watch and ... it’s fun for me to be that close and watch him play. And the scary part is, he’s still learning and he’s still getting better. Him and Danny (Espinosa) both are learning really fast. They’re both off to good starts, and both of those guys are just ridiculously athletic.”