Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL - — Zach Helfand

“It would have been more im­pres­sive if the baby had caught it.”

—ADRIAN GON­ZA­LEZ, Dodgers first base­man, on the Chicago Cubs fan who was called for in­ter­fer­ence for catch­ing a live foul ball in one hand and feed­ing a baby in the other. “I want him to know my in­ten­tions weren’t that, to get hit. I wanted to get a hit, like any player in that sit­u­a­tion. In that mo­ment, in that split sec­ond, you can’t think, ‘No, let him hit me.’ ”

—JOSE TA­BATA, Pittsburgh Pi­rates out­fielder, on get­ting hit by a pitch with two outs in the ninth in­ning to break up a per­fect game by the Max Scherzer of the Washington Na­tion­als. “I had 17 pop­si­cles the other night. That’s not a lie. They’re those fruit ones. They’re healthy, so if one is good, 17 has to be good.”

—TERRY FRAN­CONA, Cleve­land In­di­ans man­ager, on the whole­some­ness of pop­si­cles.

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