Top-10 quotes from Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa in 2015

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10. “When the ‘sphincter factor’ kicks in, the game speeds up.” — Gamby on playing under pressure.
9. Montgomery’s out there pitching his a-- off out there, and to drop a routine pop-up because he’s trying to style it, that doesn’t fly.” — Gamby on Alfredo Reyes’ extra-inning error against Williamsport.
8. “Only a fool keeps doing the same thing and expects a different result.” — Gamby on Brooklyn’s lack of adjustments at the plate.
7. “I watch the highlights on SportsCenter of the playoff games and the World Series, but when you live it your whole life, the last thing I’m going to do is sit on my couch and watch a baseball game.” — Gamby on his telebision viewing habits.
6. “In extended spring training, you’re practicing in the morning and playing a game at noon in front of three girlfriends and maybe somebody’s parents.” — Gamby on the sparse crowds at extended spring training.
5. “They’re all tough nights for Pedro.” — Gamby on Pedro Perez.
4. “We’ve got a few guys that are so stubborn that they don’t want to make adjustments to instruction, which is tantamount to somebody beating their head against a wall and wondering why it hurts.” — Gamby on the hitters.
3. “He’s in horrible shape. If he can run at all that wouldn’t have been a double play.” — Gamby on Jose Garcia.
2. “He couldn’t hit the ball out of the ballpark if he stood at second base with a fungo.” — Gamby on light-hitting shortstop Alfredo Reyes.
1. “The Mendoza line is .200. We’re going to have to create a new line for where some of our guys are at.” — Gamby on the offense.

No manager in the history of the Cyclones was more looser with the lips than second-year skipper Tom Gamboa. The baseball lifer, who has spent his life in baseball, blessed us all season long with his salty language, quick wit, and, above all else, baseball acumen. So, in the tradition of “Saturday Night Live” and those old episodes of “Three’s Company” that highlight Jack’s goofy antics from seasons past, we present the “Top-10 Quotes from Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa in 2015.”

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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