Space is finite in the newspaper, so quite often there are quotes you leave out of a story. Such was the case for Sam Borden when he wrote about Phil Hughes for Friday’s paper.
But we have all the space we need on the blog. So here is part of the interview with Hughes that didn’t make the paper:
His take on Clemens and Pettitte: “You really feel bad for the families, especially. I know how hard it is for my family and they don’t travel with me. It seems like every day there’s something new, someone saying this or saying that.
“They might deny it, but they want to be liked and they want to be looked upon in a good light by the media and the fan base and stuff like that. You feel bad, because you know what kind of people they are away from the field and you know they didn’t have any (bad) intentions. They’re not bad people. It’s just an unfortunate situation.”
His experience with steroids: “That’s the thing that’s kind of shocking to me. You hear about it so much but I’ve never gotten wind of anything, never seen anything. I guess it’s good to keep it that way.”
About the upcoming season: “I remember, I was talking to my family back home and when you’re looking forward to a minor-league season, you want to get out and play but you don’t have the same excitement. You’re trying to stretch every little bit of time you can get. This year, it’s a lot different. I’m really looking forward to the season â€“ you want it to come sooner than any other year.”
Thanks to Sam for sending those quotes over. Barring some sort of news breaking, that’ll be it for blogging today. I’m leaving for Tampa on Monday morning and I have a bunch of things to do.