"Bobbleheads are our most expensive giveaway item. And they have the most perceived value."
- Dennis Lehman, executive vice president of business for the Indians, takes bobbleheads very seriously. The team went ahead with their "Victor Martinez Bobblehead Night" on Saturday, despite him being traded to the Red Sox on Friday.
"We have to have a special type of veteran pitcher, who is willing to give of himself as a teacher and mentor type of guy. We have to get a team-oriented person, a person that is going to give his time and his knowledge. It's not an easy task."
- Nationals interim general manager Mike Rizzo is currently casting the "big-brother type" to his boy-band of starting pitchers.
"I'm just depressed that this isn't progressing the way I want it to progress. I'm throwing, playing catch. There are different symptoms now. I've got zero strength in my left calf due to the nerve. I'm just waiting for it to get better."
- Tim Wakefield, who turned 43 years old on Sunday, isn't likely to return from the disabled list anytime soon. He went 11-3 with a 4.31 ERA, earning his first trip to the All-Star Game, before landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain on July 21.
"I know I've got to go out there and pitch one or two innings. I've got to throw strikes and keep the ball low. That's exactly what I have to do."
- Top-prospect Neftali Feliz knows what he has to do in order to be successful in the bigs.
"It just seemed like one thing after another. [It] just seemed like every one of the surgeries he had, as soon as he got healthy from one of those, something else kind of crept in and happened."
- Jeff Niemann speaks about his friend Wade Townsend, who was released by the Rays on Monday. Now 26-years-old, numerous arm injuries resulted in the 2005 first-round draft pick posting a 5.59 ERA over 211 1/3 innings in the minors.