Thursday, October 11, 2012

Quotes from Baker, Votto, Bruce and more

The home clubhouse at Great American Ball Park was filled with a group of dejected and stunned Redlegs after Thursday's season-ending loss to San Francisco. However, most members of the team was still able to break the silence and offer some quotes of reflection about the game, and season overall.

Here are the notable ones:

“It was a very good season. Great regular season. A good quick start to the postseason. We just weren’t able to close it out. It gives us more to build on. This team is talented enough and young enough to be in the hunt for a number years. We'll be back."

- GM Walt Jocketty

“I’m not sure where my career is going here in Cincinnati. We’re going to talk about that in the next couple of days. But I’m not through managing. I have more to do.”

- Dusty Baker

“He’s the only manager that I know. He’s who I’m comfortable with. He’s been great to the team, to me, to everyone. In my opinion, I would love to have him back. The feeling is mutual, I think. I’m sure he wants to come back. But obviously, there’s a lot more to it than that. This is the team that he wants to be with; we want him here.”

- Jay Bruce on Baker's future

“I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m going to go home and spend some time with my 3-year-old. I told him we would wrestle no matter what happened today.”

- Ryan Ludwick on his time as a Red

“I don’t know. I’m going to go home and be a dad, move forward a little bit and see what happens. My contract’s up. Sometimes you can’t make your own decision. We’ll see what’s going on.”

- Scott Rolen on the prospects of retirement

“Physically, it was frustrating. I did the very best I could with what I had. I know a lot of people are frustrated with the power. If I can’t do certain things, I try to fill in with other things. I tried to get on base more for the guys behind me. Really I’ve got two choices, I can either try to stretch it out, try to hit homers, try to be something I can’t. Or I can try to shrink it down a bit and try to help out in the different way. I decided to do that. That’s the only option I had. I thought I did a really good job of keeping things in prospective and doing the best I can.”

- Joey Votto on the effect of recovering from knee surgery

“The crowd was fantastic. I was very, very impressed with how supportive they were. I’m really proud of being a Cincinnati Red. I’m very proud we have an excellent, supportive fan base. We just need to give them some wins, play deep in the playoffs and win a World Series here. And the support will increase ten-fold, I’m sure.”

- Votto on the fan support

"A lot of people can be mad, of course. We disappointed ourselves also. We wanted to do it for the city and also do it for ourselves."

- Brandon Phillips

"The only thing I can really say is I let down everybody. I let down the team, most importantly, and the front office and the fans. I let things get to me."

- Mat Latos after allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings

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