For those of you in Beerleaguer Land who don’t have access to Comcast SportsNet, here are some snippets of what Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel just said over the last 15 minutes:
RUBEN AMARO JR.
On the pickup of Hunter Pence:
"I think we acquired, in a lot of ways, someone that is extremely well-rounded, the type of player we like to have in Philadelphia. The way this guy plays, the way he goes about his business, the effort, the kind of teammate he is, and the fact that we have him under control, not only for the end of this year but for two more years was very, very important to us. His defense was important to us – he has speed, he’s a very good athlete. There’s a lot of things that factored into this one. Frankly, that’s one of the reasons why we gave up a very strong package to acquire him."
On how the trade impacts Domonic Brown:
"We believe Domonic Brown is going to be an outstanding Major League Baseball player. He’s kind of learning on the job. … He’s done a nice job for us here. This is not a knock on Domonic Brown by any stretch of the imagination. We believe and hope that he’s going to be a Phillie for a long time. This is one of those moves that we made not just for the present but for the future, and Domonic is a big part of that."
On whether Pence will play Saturday:
"We do expect him to be here for gametime tomorrow. We’re hopeful that he will be."
On whether he is done making trades:
"I do not know. We’ll keep our mind open, but right now we’re very comfortable with our ballclub. I like the way that Brad Lidge has come back and pitched the way he’s thrown. We’re cautiously optimistic about Contreras, and the kids have thrown great in the bullpen. So we’re comfortable there too."
On the acquisition of Pence:
"I think that he’s a hard-hustling player. I think he likes to play and that he gives you everything he’s got. He’s got talent, he’s got power, he’s strong the other way hitting the ball. He’s a good player. … I like him quite a bit."
On where Pence will bat in the lineup:
"More than likely, if we want to, we can move Victorino up some. Maybe (Pence) hits fifth. We’ve got options there with Polanco and Vic, but more than likely he will hit fifth. … We definitely should be able to find more balance against left-handed pitchers. I think that’s very important. Against teams in our league, especially Atlanta that has two or three left-handed relievers."
On Domonic Brown:
"Like Ruben said, I think Domonic Brown has a chance to be a really good hitter. Like tonight, he swung the bat really good tonight. I feel like he held his own. I feel like the more experience he gets, the more it’s gonna help him. The experience will let him learn how to really play the game. This kid has talent."