Baseball's best quotes of the week

Ben Zobrist has come up with a unique way of protecting himself while sliding headfirst

"I was watching TV the other day and they were talking about Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw and Jose Fernandez and I'm saying, 'Like, where is Johnny C.?' "

Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds infielder, to the Dayton Daily News, on Reds ace Johnny Cueto, who has pitched at least seven innings and given up no more than two runs in all nine starts this season. That is the longest such streak in 105 years. Cueto, asked whether he considered himself the best pitcher in baseball: "Definitely, yes."


"Probably with an oven mitt on my hand."

Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays infielder, saying he would continue to slide headfirst, with whatever protection he could find. Zobrist dislocated his left thumb Wednesday, on a headfirst slide into second base.


"Maybe it will put the pitcher to sleep."

Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics outfielder, to the San Francisco Chronicle, on his latest walk-up song: "Careless Whisper," the agonizingly slow pop ballad released by George Michael in 1984.

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