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Everyone gets hung up on numbers. He's definitely better than a No. 5 starter. It just happens we're going to slot him in the 5-hole coming out of camp. It's not a pecking order of ability by any means. We had a nice conversation with Montgomery. He understood. He had a great attitude about all of this.
Mar 24 2017
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Honestly it could be a positive for him and for us. Obviously if you're in that year, you're really wanting to put your best foot forward to attract the best contract the next season. We had our meeting this morning with Jake. Again, I've said it all the time, but I'm always impressed with our guys when they walk out the door. He was just all about winning. He's all about making all of his starts, he's all about winning. He said he wants to make all of his starts for the guys in the other room. That's where his mind is at right now.

It has nothing to do with curses, superstition. If you want to believe in that kind of stuff, it's going to hold you back for a long time. I love tradition. I think tradition is worth time mentally, and tradition is worth being upheld, but curses and superstitions are not.

The Marlins were close on signing me, but at the end my wish was to come back to the Yankees. I also wanted to be part of a young team, like the Yankees have now and not go to the Marlins because as you all know from time to time they change their team a lot, and I wanted to have a stable team of young players where I could feel at home.

Yesterday that was a really clear-cut decision for me how to work that inning. The threat there, was that had we not done it, then Aroldis would have had a more stressful 1 2/3 innings in the eighth or ninth inning.

There's several guys out there right now that everybody would like to have, and the guys that are out there as free agents are obvious. Guys like Wade Davis, ask around the industry, how many people would like to have him.

Like I said, Aroldis pretty much relies on his fastball. He's got a great slider. Whereas Wade, growing up a starter, pitches.

And also, when you win games, when you win a lot of games, win a lot of games in row, that's where you have the tendency to beat somebody up. So by having this kind of depth, you don't have to put the burden on one or two guys.

It's going to mean you can spread it out a little bit more. So having Wade there at end permits us to use these other guys differently and the ability to spread out the workload.

Schwarber is not a bad name. Kyle is not a bad name at all.

Welcome to Cubstock 2016! This is an incredible moment for all of us. Never have I experienced anything like Wrigley Field on a nightly basis. ... I want to congratulate you fans also. Thank you for being so patient.

Understanding themselves better, understanding what the pitcher's going to try to do against them. Understanding how to make adjustments in the game. Understanding how to utilize the entire field more consistently as they gain experience.

I love tradition. I think tradition is worth being upheld but curses and superstitions are not.

There's been a lot of burden placed and I think, quite frankly, that it is misplaced.

Who sets a better example of how to work an at-bat? And who sets a better example of just being a professional than he does?

Of course it's possible. You just have to have the right guy. I mean, it's not as easy as it looks, what they've been doing.

So right now, it's really being glamorized a bit. This isn't Fantasy Baseball. These guys are human. They only have so many abilities to throw a baseball within the year.

I talked to him before the game once again; he was aware of the scenario. So he went out there and he was outstanding again.

I think Jake likes to shoulder these kind of moments.

It helps keeping the body warm, and I like being out there in the field. Being a designated hitter is a bit more complicated. I try to gather advice on how to do it better. I always ask David Ortiz, and he's giving me good pointers, but there's still room to improve.

When I managed in the American League, I always thought it was somewhat of a disadvantage going to the National League, subtracting one offensive player, and probably even more pronounced for different teams that have really profound, legitimate DHs. But for right now, at this moment in time, the fact that Kyle cannot play defense but can still play offense and run the bases, it does work out well for us.

After that game last night, believe me, man, I was in no mood to get up and travel today. I think it actually is working out pretty well. We're going to get in at a really good hour, grab stuff to eat and go to bed.

I like to believe we're going to catch or gain some momentum from this game going back over there. But momentum's always based on your starting pitcher, too. And again, with these guys you saw how good their bullpen was. Once again, it's really important to grab that lead and hold onto it.

It's something you can't normally do during the season without beating somebody up too badly.

I like to believe we're going to catch or gain some momentum from this game going back over there. I've never been looking forward to wanting to play the seventh game of a World Series more in my life.

I guess all she could talk about with my sister is the car ride from the airport with the cops.

They've been getting more and more that way over the last couple years.

So what's really exciting to me is that we're in this position right now, two years in a row.

So we made mistakes. Absolutely, we made mistakes tonight. That was part of it. But then again, we just have to do more offensively to give ourselves a chance.

The guys got to see him, so there won't be as much of a surprise the next time he pitches.

The one component of our team that's going to blossom over the next couple years is the offensive side. I think what you're seeing on defense and arm strengths and baserunning abilities, that's going to be pretty much static. But the part that's going to keep getting better is what we're doing at the plate. So this is a great experience for us.

We've got to get our strike zones organized offensively, and if we do, we'll be fine.

From our perspective, we got out of our zone way too much.

This is so enveloping. The fact that the bleachers come all the way around. I drive down Clark every day from downtown, and as you get closer, you see all the venues that support all this, and also the people milling around. Anyplace I've been, I haven't seen that with any ballpark to that level. So its enormity in its entirety, it's just different.

That's something I'm waiting to hear from our guys, from our medical side, because obviously he looks good. He looks good at the plate. Running the bases he looks pretty good so far.

I have no concerns. It's the first game. I'm fine, we're fine.

Regardless of how much you practice and attempt to simulate a game in practice, you cannot. That quick movement, that sudden burst that you derive in a game, you cannot simulate that in practice. It's impossible.

Everybody's got an assignment per pitch, what we want to do. What Jon does as good as anybody in major league baseball is throw the ball from the mound to the plate, that's it. I wanted Jon to focus on what he does well first.

I think we all have a tremendous amount of respect for history and what's happened before us or not happened before us. But, you know, you go in that room right now, they're very young. Really not impacted by a lot of the lore.

I'm that guy. I cry easily, so the connection to the past is very important, very important.

Air conditioning is popular right now. So is color TV. You've just got to change with the times.

You should not change what you're doing regardless of the time of the year. You want to come out in the middle of October and play the same game we've been playing all summer.

Kershaw's pitching, so I wanted to get one more right-handed bat in the lineup, and also with Albert I don't feel like we're losing anything on defense. I know Jason's a Gold Glover, but I think Albert, given an opportunity to play often enough would be considered a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder, too.

I don't know to what extent we would be able to use him or not, but right now we're just trying to explore all the possibilities.

It's within our reach right now. But I do want us to go after it as though it's, again, hate to say it, but Saturday. Let's just go play our Saturday game and see how it falls.

The city of Chicago has got to be buzzing pretty much right now.

When you start hitting, it's contagious, defense, this whole game really follows itself.

If he just gets his glove out of the way, he gets out of the inning.

It's about confidence, and I want to believe they're going to show up tomorrow with a lot more confidence than they showed up with today.

I just thought rearranging the chairs a little bit might help.

He threw strikes like he normally does. So despite not having rest, his command and velocity were still good.

You look for situations. You're looking for the right matchups. But you don't know what he's going to do. ... You have to be able to react.

I mean, from what I've seen, he's had a couple hiccups, which everybody does. But, man, he's been pretty much right on the last couple months, including the first game of the playoffs for him.

I know his family really well. His mom's a trip. I really enjoy the whole group. So Andrew and I are very close.

It's pretty easy when you want to have kids act like kids. Listen, but you see them on the field, they play. We play hard. I think we play it right.

Pressure, expectations – I want our guys to thrive on those two words for the years to come. I want the organization to. In the end that means there's a lot expected of you. Good. There should be. We should all have a lot expected of us. So all those things I want to have us channel in a positive direction.

Expectations is a good word. Because normally it means that you have something good attached to it at the other side.

He did it a couple days ago. He got an elevated fastball and hit it to the far part of the ballpark. I think it surprised a lot of people.

We played it hard, we played it right – and they beat us.

It was just fitting that David would hit a home run, isn't it? I mean it had to have happened tonight.

He is just a different human being. That's like the window to the world up there, just sitting in his booth. He is really kind and gracious. You have to be all of that to survive that many years and you have to be good.

His swing has gotten shorter. It's more contact oriented, he is not chasing as much. He is able to put the ball in play with two strikes. That for me is the biggest difference over last year.

Travis, star of the game, between his pitching and that catch he made at the wall. Not many guys play a brick wall like he just did. That was a great catch.

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