“The fire is not there.”
—Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins outfielder, on the team after its 3-8 start. Stanton is 11 games into a $325-million contract with the Marlins; he cannot opt out until 2020.
“There is crying in baseball.”
—Mike Bryant, father of Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, before his son’s major league debut Friday. The uber-hyped Kris Bryant, who hit nine home runs in 14 games this spring, struck out in each of his first three at-bats Friday and was 0 for 4.
“I don’t think anyone knew what to expect, including myself.”
—Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees designated hitter, after hitting two home runs Friday. The 39-year-old Rodriguez has four home runs and a 1.214 OPS, ranking just ahead of Miguel Cabrera, after serving a suspension last season for violating baseball’s drug policy.