Sometimes, I wish the media would just shut the hell up.
If you try to predict like everybody else around baseball, you end up making yourself look like a [fool], like we made a lot of people look like last year. I thought in the real world, people allow things to develop before they form opinions, but I guess not.
Where were the Red Sox supposed to be last year? The Angels were supposed to win the whole circuit and they didn't even get to the playoffs. You can't predict anything in life. You can't. So why try? People try continuously to predict things you can't predict, so good luck with that.
Bobby Valentine said, 'Oh, the Orioles are lucky, they're getting lucky breaks. This was after 115 games. There is not one person who can be lucky doing something 100 times. You can't do anything 100 times and be lucky.
We played good baseball. That's the thing. People want to say the Red Sox had a bad year. The Yankees had a good year. Tampa had a good year. The Orioles overachieved. How did we overachieve, because we went out and won? You guys just hadn't seen it forever, so it kind of shocked the hell out of everybody instead of just like going with it.
You've got a setup man with a 1.00 ERA for most of the year. You have another setup guy with a low-2 ERA. They get ground-ball outs. They throw strikes. You've got starters who get into the seventh inning. You've got a closer who led the league in saves ...
We don't want any credit. Just say we overachieved. I'd rather them just say we're really not that good. We just overachieved, so we can just keep moving on, because we don't care. Just keep thinking that. I don't think there's a person in this clubhouse who gives a damn about anybody who wants to predict what we're going to do.