THEY SAID IT

Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL - —Bill Shaikin

“Ev­ery­thing about this year has been a sur­prise. I’ve never en­joyed the game as­much as I have this year.”

—ALEX RO­DRIGUEZ, New York Yan­kees des­ig­nated hitter, af­ter be­com­ing the 29th player in ma­jor league history with 3,000 hits. Ro­driguez, who sat out all of last

sea­son be­cause of a drug sus­pen­sion, ranks among the top 10

in the Amer­i­can League with an .888 OPS, high­est of all des­ig­nated

hit­ters. “I thought I was hav­ing a heart at­tack. I’m not jok­ing. The thought went through my head: ‘Isn’t this beau­ti­ful? You get your first­ma­jor league win, and you have a heart at­tack in the shower dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion.’ ”

—PAT MUR­PHY, San Diego Padres in­terim man­ager, af­ter his

play­ers cel­e­brated his first man­age­rial vic­tory by dous­ing him

in beer and baby pow­der. “In keep­ing with base­ball tra­di­tion, a Hous­ton exec should walk into the STL of­fices and hit their best front of­fice guy with a fast­ball.”

—BRAN­DON MCCARTHY,

Dodgers pitcher, via Twit­ter, af­ter re­ports that the FBI is in­ves­ti­gat­ing

whether em­ploy­ees of the St. Louis Car­di­nals hacked into the com­puter

sys­te­mof the Hous­ton Astros.

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