Every time I throw this ball, a hundred different things can happen in a game. He might swing and miss, he might hit it. The point is, you never know. You try to anticipate, set a strategy for all the possibilities as best you can, but in the end it comes down to throwing one pitch after another and seeing what happens. With each new consequence, the game begins to take shape….In fact, the game wouldn’t be worth playing if we knew what was going to happen.
— Commander Benjamin Sisko in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Emissary,” written by Rick Berman and Michael Piller
“I’m not sure how something can be the same over and over and over and over again and yet be so wonderful. There’s a lot excitement. There’s certainly some anxiety. There’s probably a small piece of terror. Did we cover everything?
Things like that. But it’s the same every year. It never changes. I hope it doesn’t. It’s a great feeling.”
“I expect that we will have some action on at least two out of the three in the next few days.”
“It is not like they say. I am sure that I did not use anything.”
Bartolo Colon is going to do his best to give me another year where there is at least one active major league ballplayer older than me.
The 42-year-old Mets right-hander told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert that he wants to pitch in 2016 and hopes to catch Pedro Martinez for second place in wins by a Dominican pitcher. (Colon currently has 218 career wins, one less than Pedro.)
“For me to be with Pedro second most wins by a Dominican is specials, but I know Pedro was a better pitcher than me,” Colon said.
“[Yoenis] Céspedes just told me in our @BBTN and @SportsCenter interview that he will be looking for a contract of 6+ years.” — ESPN’s Marly Rivera, via Twitter.
Well, there’s our first real indication of what Yoenis Cespedes will be looking for this off-season. Suppose you are Sandy Alderson: do you re-sign him?
“A big Saturday afternoon crowd of 48,000 filled up Shea Stadium to first witness an Old Timers Day classic between former Brooklyn Dodgers & AL New York Players vs former New York Mets from the sixties.”