Friday, January 9, 2009

Reactions from teammates

I was very interested to hear what some of Smoltzie's other teammates (besides Chipper) had to say. The AJC and have some quotes...

“It’s sad for me and the team,” Braves reliever Blaine Boyer said, “but also sad for Braves fans.”

“It’s surreal — I can’t imagine John in a Red Sox uniform,” Boyer said. “It’s one of those things where, I guess, you realize it’s the business part of the sport, and that’s not fun.

“As far as I’m concerned, John Smoltz is the Atlanta Braves, for me growing up. Now that I’ve developed a strong relationship with him over the past few years, to see him going to Boston, it’s just sad.

“But it’s what he’s got to do. They’re going to love him in Boston. Who wouldn’t?”
“I think as an athlete that’s been somewhere for a long time, it’s always difficult emotionally when you don’t feel like you’re getting the respect you deserve from your team,” [Tom] Glavine said. “When somebody else steps in and shows you the love, so to speak, you kind of get that feeling of ‘Why doesn’t my team that I’ve been with for so long show this same kind of appreciation?’ “
My local news (I think it was the CBS affiliate) had an interview with Frenchy, but I missed it. I'm sure his and Baby's reactions will be in print soon.


Leah said...

I know the players have to be just as sad as the fans, especially the players that grew up watching Smoltz. I was wondering what McFrenchy's reactions were on this, as well.

Jen said...

Fox 5 News had a story with a small Frenchy bit. Leo Mazzone also commented on the situation.;jsessionid=79719D9E27C5C3E6E52E356C290C5AB5?pageId=6.1