Top-10 Gamby quotes of all time
1: “You must be f----------- me up my a--.” — Gamby’s words to the umpire just before he was ejected during his final game as Cyclones manager.
2: “He couldn’t hit the ball out of the ballpark if he stood at second base with a fungo.” — On light-hitting shortstop Alfredo Reyes last season.
3: “There’s people like Berrios and Tiberi that are squeezing the sawdust out of the bat, they’re pressing so bad. And that makes it virtually impossible to get a hit. So they’re going to have to find a way to just, as we say, loosen up ‘the sphincter factor’ so that their ability can come through.” — Gamby uses one of his signature phrases when discussing his players’ struggles at the plate early this summer.
4: “It’s like going to hell and back. It’s the worst field. It’s like playing at an American Legion park.” — On the annual road trip to Batavia.
5: “We have guys chase balls in the dirt, swinging at balls over their head. Now they are getting a chance to see a reason why a guy was drafted number one.” — On the 2014 Clones seeing first-round pick Michael Conforto in the lineup.
6: “He’s in horrible shape. If he can run at all that wouldn’t have been a double play.” — On slow-footed catcher Jose Garcia in 2015.
7: “The Mendoza line is .200. We’re going to have to create a new line for where some of our guys are at.” — On the offense during the Clones’ 2015 hitting drought.
8: “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.” — On his own television viewing habits.
9: “They’re all tough nights for Pedro.” — On struggling first baseman and designated hitter Pedro Perez in 2015.
10: “I always tell the guys we don’t get paid for overtime, so we never want to go extra innings.” — On his fiscally sensible game strategy.
More than his sharp baseball acumen and stalwart team leadership, we will miss outgoing Cyclones skipper Tom Gamboa for his unfiltered post-game comments. Here are our 10 favorite Gambyisms from his three seasons leading the Mini-Mets.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018