With the 2009 season at a close, the Dodgers opened up the clubhouse to the media. Following are a few quotes from Andre Ethier and Jon Garland who were gracious enough to speak to the assembled media as they cleared out their lockers.
On not being considered a “kid” anymore:
“It’s nice to start to have the credit and acknowledgement that you’ve grown up and you’re part of this game. At that same time, there isn’t much leniency for mistakes to be made, because you’re not kids anymore so you’re going to be held responsible a lot more and…[we need to] do things right the first time. In that sense, it’s going to be a little bit more pressure to get things right , right away.”
On what Andre learned from the Game 5 loss to the Phillies:
“Just how special it is to be in that situation. Those games are worth playing. When you’re going through it, you don’t realize the magnitude or what it actually is and then watching the game last night, you see how big the game actually is. It’s a learning process.”
On talk that the Dodgers need a #1 starter:
“We have one or two good candidates here that could definitely become that person…it takes not only the skill, but also the reputation and mindset to go out there and perform that way. You can see the way a #1 can perform by that game last night for the Angels. Go out there and get the job done when he’s [John Lackey] counted on and relied upon. There are plenty of candidates here that can step up and fill that role. Hopefully this off-season allows guys to want that and mature into that process a little bit more and be that #1, but we’ll definitely welcome a new guy here if that’s what we need and we can get.”
On his interest in remaining a Dodger:
“I’ve always said that I want a chance to play the game that I love. I love going out and competing. I would love to [stay in LA], but if it didn’t work out and I’m somewhere else, I’m not going to be disappointed.”
On not pitching in the playoffs:
“It’s a little bit hard to sit and watch when the competitor in you wants to get out there and help the team out, but that was the choice that Joe made and I have to live with it.”
On what he would like to see happen to the Dodgers in the off-season:
“It depends if I’m on it or not. If I’m on it, I’d love to win a World Series. If I’m not, I don’t want to hurt anybody’s hearts, but I hope we beat ‘em. ”
On potential off-season acquisitions:
“I think this team has everything that it needs. I don’t think there is much that you have to do. The pieces are there. It’s just a matter of putting them together.”
Additional comments from Ned Colletti and Joe Torre coming later tonight. Finally, it was good to see Roberto from Vin Scully is My Homeboy representing at the media event today. I also ran into “Steve Sax” from the Sons of Steve Garvey in the team’s gift shop…which begs the question: do the Sons EVER leave Dodger Stadium???