Bautista talks deadline
“Of course it’s a little disappointing that we somehow weren’t able to get anything done, but everybody around us that’s in contention somehow — and even some teams that aren’t in contention, like the Red Sox – somehow figured it out. But there’s still time to get stuff done.”
“We still have a pretty good team put together and we’re hoping to get the guys that are hurt back and that’ll be a good injection of talent for us down the road.”
“But it’s a little bit of disappointment. So mixed feelings with the disappointment and then you’ve got to look at it from the other perspective: maybe they believe enough in our talent that they didn’t feel like they wanted to break up our group and sacrifice what we have now, because we’re
playing good ball. And maybe they have high hopes for us, and we do as well. So we got to deal with the guys we have here and we got to go out there and keep playing like we have been, with the group of guys that we have here right now.”
Reverberations in clubhouse?
“There’s guys here who don’t know where they’re going to be when the season is over … Everybody’s situation’s different. There are some guys that will want the immediate help in order to go for it this year and they didn’t get it. So there might be some people more upset than others. We all want to win badly. We’re in a position where we’re in striking distance with not many games left and we could’ve used a little boost, just like some of the other teams went out and got some additions.
“It’s not that you don’t feel your team is good enough; it’s just that everybody does that at the deadline, figures out a way to improve the roster. We just somehow didn’t. I don’t really know what was the reasoning why stuff didn’t get done. Obviously I haven’t heard anything. But it’s just unfortunate that nothing happened, but like I said: we’ve got to move forward and look past that.”
“As players our job is just to play on the field and get it done when the game starts at 7 p.m. We’re not going to change the way we prepare; we’re not going to change the way we work and we’re certainly not going to change how hard we play.”
Doesn’t know details about whether lack of moves because of payroll, etc…
“All I’m going to say is that it gets to a point for everybody’s situation and everybody’s job where trying and excuses are not good enough. For everybody’s sake I hope we all play great from now until the end of the season. I’m one of those guys that really wants to win and I’ve been playing
for a long time and never experienced it. It’s a little bit of a disappointment for me, but as a player I’ve got to look past it and just focus on what we’ve got tonight …”
“The way I look at it is Baltimore got a little bit better, the Yankees got a little bit better. Even Boston gave up some starting pitching, they still got some good position players in return, so I don’t know if a head-to-head matchup against the Red Sox got any easier or tougher. They substituted some starting pitching for pretty good position players.”
Did AA talk to veterans at all?
“Not to me.”
Road to playoffs more difficult?
“What happens from now on is unpredictable. There’s no magic wand or magic ball that’s going to tell you what’s going to happen. But if you look at it from a baseball analysis standpoint, our division got a little tougher at the top, which is where we are. It doesn’t mean we can’t pull through and still win. It’s not impossible. It might’ve got a little more difficult, but that’s a bigger challenge for us as players and that’s why we play baseball.”