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 Mark Loretta - “We were winning some games in Pittsburgh and Washington five of six, just keeping the line moving,”
 Mark Loretta - “I haven't noticed any idiots here. I mean that in a good way.”
 Mark Loretta - “I don't think there's any better 3-4 combination you could have behind you in the game. Maybe in history.”
 Mark Loretta - “They just look at the record. Casual observers probably have some idea with Bonds and maybe Gagne, but nothing probably about our team or anybody else.”
 Mark Loretta - “Oh man, I always thought he was one of the top three starters in the National League. Facing him down in Florida when the lights were on ... he's got all the stuff. He has the mental makeup. He's a top-of-the-line guy.”
 Mark Loretta - “I thought he was the best pitcher in the National League, to be honest with you. He got me out a lot. I'm glad he's on my team now.”
 Mark Loretta - “I was surprised by that. I thought he did a real good job for us. And he had been in a pennant race before.”
 Mark Loretta - “I think his experience is invaluable. He doesn't have any fear and he doesn't take his time. He dictates the pace, and it's a quick pace. I think it's good for him to be in this role, being where we are, having his experience. I think he can handle it probably better than any other pitcher we have.”
 Mark Loretta - “It's been a big roller-coaster ride, but that makes it that much sweeter. We've been through a lot of ups and downs. That's what perseverance and mental toughness are all about how you respond to negative times.”
 Mark Loretta - “That's what perseverance and mental toughness are all about -- how you respond to negative times.”
 Mark Loretta - “I think his experience is going to be unbelievable tomorrow. He doesn't have any fear, and he doesn't take his time. He dictates the pace. As an infielder, that helps so much. Having him go tomorrow, I think he could turn this thing.”
 Mark Loretta - “I'm looking forward to that. I played many years in County Stadium where we had six or eight thousand in a 60,000-seat stadium. It helps. It helps your energy level. It's a long season. It's a grind, and that energy and that excitement can only help you stay focused and stay alert.”
 Mark Loretta - “There was some incentive to prove people wrong. We wanted to have a good showing and we really didn't. That was disappointing.”
 Mark Loretta - “I saw what an opportunity being in Boston was. I enjoyed the playoffs last year, and I have a chance to help Boston be there.”
 Mark Loretta - “We've got to get on base and score when we have the opportunity. Even in the five or six hole, I'll be taking the same approach with the hit-and-run, moving the ball around. That's how you manufacture runs.”
 Mark Loretta - “You become spoiled playing next to a guy like Khalil. He made a lot of plays other shortstops can't make, but I've seen Gonzalez make all the plays.”
 Mark Loretta - “Talking to Tito, he has kind of a National League mind-set. He likes to hit-and-run in the right situation. We don't want to make outs on the bases with David and Manny behind us. But still, they're not going to hit a home run every time. If we can get to third base with less than two outs, it only helps them. So you want to be aggressive and smart.”
 Mark Loretta - “Obviously, he's not Willie McGee or Vince Coleman . The biggest thing is, he gets on base and he puts the ball in play. He doesn't strike out much.”
 Mark Loretta - “If you play as long as I have, things happen. You can only beat your head against the wall for so long. We made the playoffs, and I came back and helped us down the stretch. It was the first time that I had been to the playoffs.”
 Mark Loretta - “No conspiracy. I think it's more coincidence than anything.”
 Mark Loretta - “Obviously with Congress kind of stepping up their intensity in terms of legislation, that pushed both sides to get it done a little quicker. I don't know whether this will stop legislation. It remains to be seen if this is sufficient enough. It was our view that whatever we could negotiate together would be better than having the government legislate over us.”
 Mark Loretta - “It always gives you confidence when Jake's out there for us.”
 Mark Loretta - “It always gives you confidence when Jake's out there for us,”
 Mark Loretta - “I have never experienced it before, at any level. Not little league, college or high school. Just complete euphoria. You kind of have to take a step back and think, 'Is the game really over' Do the math real quick. It's a tremendous feeling to say the least.”
 Mark Loretta - “I met the team in Minnesota. I pinch-hit against Eddie Guardado and struck out. We came back home and I got my first hit against Kenny Rogers. I got 50 at-bats batting .260. I was able to have my buddies from college come up and watch me that first month, so it was a pretty special time.”

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