Here they are:
“I’m not going to turn myself into the Bronx Bunters because all of a sudden we didn’t hit for this week in October. That’s not our DNA. That’s not what makes us successful. And that’s certainly not what’s getting us into the postseason every year.” (Source.)
“I don’t care if it’s old; I care if it’s good. There’s some old guys that are good. Andy Pettitte is good. Raul Ibanez turned out to be really good. He’s old. But at the end of the day, these guys are really competitive, they’re good at what they do, they’re great professionals and if you compare that to the remaining choices, despite their ages, they look really good. Hiroki Kuroda is an older player. Ichiro Suzuki is an older player, and these guys contributed to that win column despite their age. And why? Because they were better than any of the younger guys we had choices for. So I’m not going to apologize for it. We go there, and we are old. If you’re old and still good, then it’s not an issue.” (Source.)
Of course, older players breakdown easier and need more days off. And, we’ve seen what happens to all or nothing sluggers in the post-season. But, that’s not stopping Brian, the best G.M. in baseball!