In Quotes: Nats all-star edition

July 17, 2013

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

A collection of the best words uttered by and about the Nats all-stars.

“The dinosaur that I am, it’s nice to see what young guys are using. Some of them even remembered who I was.” – Davey Johnson, after asking Yadier Molina about his bat.

“Growing up, you always see the guys hitting homers. I always hit well off my dad. I’m so thankful and blessed he was able to do that. It was a special opportunity for me to do this. I had a blast.” – Bryce Harper, on taking Home Run Derby pitches from his dad.

“I wouldn’t trade it for nothing. It’s a dream come true.” – Ron Harper, on getting to pitch to his son.

“It was pretty impressive. I was excited to see him get to hit, and he didn’t disappoint.” - Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, on Bryce Harper.

“I watched him. Swinging like I see him swing everyday: hard.” – Davey Johnson, on watching Harper’s Derby performance.

“Well, yeah. I was happy.” – Jordan Zimmermann, when it was brought to his attention that he broke character and smiled during all-star introductions.

“It’s only a matter of time. The Nationals, they’ve proven to be a contender. Eventually the District will host the all-star game and we’re really looking forward to it. The District is the place to be right now.” – Pedro Ribeiro, a spokesman for Mayor Vincent Gray, when asked about a potential all-star Game in Washington.

“What a great competitor he is. I can’t wait until I’m 23.” - Bryce Harper, who wants to be like Yeonis Cespedes when he grows up.

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