Here are some quotes from the
Johnson on going back to Baltimore to play: "It's going to be fun. It's going to be an incredible atmosphere. I am 100 percent sure of that. They are going to be excited and it's going to be a helluva series."
Saunders, a Northern Virginia native, on securing two home playoff games for the Orioles: "This means everything growing up watching the Orioles, coming to games as a kid and now to give them playoff baseball, it's a special feeling I can't explain it."
Dan Duquette on having a playoff series in Baltimore: “I’m so happy for the fans, who have waited for a long time. Now we have a home playoff game. That’s what the playoffs are all about, right? For the fans to come out and see. Our guys did a great job; they knocked off the defending
Duquette on Joe Saunders: "Joe Saunders has been in the playoffs before and so when we got him we had that in mind. We have rookie pitchers and we thought if we had a veteran pitcher who has been in the playoffs, that would be a good complement and Joe Saunders got the job done."
Duquette on the win: “The boys did a great job and I’m just proud to be a part of it. I am so happy for the Angelos family and I am so happy for the fans who stayed with the Orioles and their faith was rewarded. And I’m so blessed to be working with pros like
Roberts on being able to be in Texas for this game: "Personally, I think it is great. I think it is something I needed to see for moving forward as well as for all the years I have been here. I would have hated to miss it and would have hated it not being a part of it in some way, shape or form. Certainly I would have liked to be on the field, but to be a part of it in some way is great."
Roberts on the Orioles turnaround: "You just don't see it that often in pro sports where everybody picks a team to finish last and they don't. The group of guys that are here and the leadership, starting with Dan and the Angeloses and down to Buck and everyone, it speaks volumes to the character and drive and determination of everyone in here."
Buck Showalter on the victory: "This is for our fans. They have been such a big part of this and their support, and the chance to get back there and play, regardless of who we are playing. We're not doing it to play a game, we are doing to try and win. Everybody is trying to be the last team standing now."
Showalter on beating his last team the Rangers, and now facing his first team, the Yankees: "I'm all for irony."