Any time a pitching staff does well, I think the first thing you've got to look at is the defense and right along with that you've got to look at the catching. The catcher holds the brain. He's the guy that everybody is looking at to be the leader and take control of the game and keep that pace going. With A.J. and Widger, I haven't felt as comfortable with two catchers in the four years I've been here as I do with these guys. They remember the game plan and they carry it out. That's one of the reasons why we've had the kind of pitching staff we've had this year.
More Quotes from Don Cooper:The thing that's scary is that he went all winter trying to get this better, and to have this happen now, I can't sit here and take it as a good sign.
For all these guys, whether you're getting eight to 10 days off before a start or haven't pitched in the last series as a reliever, it's not a bad thing. You're going to have that energy and (need to) control that energy. Don't be concerned that you didn't get the ball. Don't be concerned when you get the ball.
It's flattering, but right now to me it's all words. I've been here 19 years. My loyalty, my focus, my passion is here.
The attention is nice and flattering, but with all that stuff that was going on last year, I had no intentions to go anywhere. My wish and my hopes for the rest of my career is to be a coach for the White Sox.
The players know who's boss.
This is still the guy who won the fourth game of the World Series for us. I'm not going to draw conclusions from one day.
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