We're not scared of them -- them and their $180 million payroll. We don't care. We're here to play the game. We have just as much right to play the game here and we're going to do everything we can to win. ... They're going to whine and complain about it because they think they're better than everybody else ... You get tired of getting your butt kicked every night when you come in here ...voiced during the spring. ... And he was proud, though he also seemed to call out some of his other pitchers:
I'm proud of them. They handled it the right way. We're a little wounded and some things happen out there that kind of wakens wounded people. We'll see what happens. It's the way Kevin pitches ... I just wish other guys take notice because you can't constantly allow other guys to get extended and feel real comfortable all the time.
Gregg misses with a right.
Ortiz misses with a left.More comments from the Orioles:
The first pitch wasn't too far off the corner and he jumped away like it was at his head. Next pitch was a little bit further in, he didn't like it, he stared at me. I'm still going to go in there. I'm not going to let him lean over the plate ... He's hitting stuff off the wall, he's real comfortable in there. ... I'm pitching him in, 3-0, they are up seven. I think there is some ethics to the game you got to stay within. Run. Hit a fly ball, a lazy fly ball, you got to run the bases. Apparently he didn't like me telling him that stuff and he came out there. It's part of the game. He has a right to come out there. I'm going to defend myself if he comes out. ... It's 3-0 and you are up seven runs and the opposing pitcher gets upset with you hitting a weak fly ball and not running. If he thinks there's something [wrong] with me saying that, than he's got other things he needs to figure out in this game.Nick Markakis:
I like Ortiz. I respect the way he plays the game, but I think it was a little bush league, bottom of the eighth, up by six, two outs, swinging 3-0. ... I think he's going to look back at it and realize that he screwed up there ... It doesn't make sense. He knows the game better than that. ... It's a little bush league ... especially charging our pitcher regardless of what was said.Adam Jones said he "couldn't be prouder" of Gregg.
[T]hose two pitches - I was in here watching the game - the two pitches that Gregg threw to Papi weren't even close. So it was unnecessary for him to stare in and act like a tough guy. ... I'm not saying this is what baseball is about, but I think this brought us a little closer.Darnell McDonald:
Is that what he was trying to do? He was just trying to pitch inside? No, he wasn't trying to [pitch inside]. When you've been in the league a long time, you have a feeling if somebody's trying to pitch inside or he's trying to hit you.Josh Beckett:
The rule is that if something happens and you leave the mound, you're automatically ejected. It wasn't handled that way. Now other guys are probably going to get fined. ... We're a good hitting team. You can't just be hitting our ... guys because we're scoring a lot of runs. ... Maybe they saw something different. Maybe they saw something they didn't like or whatever. But if it's just because we scored eight runs in the first inning and they start throwing at our ... guys, it's going to be a long year.ESPN's Joe McDonald, quoted at SoSH:
Red Sox players were watching Gregg interview in clubhouse and were not happy about it.