"I think he gets kind of a little misunderstood. People think he’s a little standoffish, maybe a little bit cocky. But he’s a quiet guy. I think that’s the biggest question people ask about him, is about his character. It’s not unfair, because he is what he is. I think a lot of people get the wrong idea. He’s a great guy. He works hard. He wants to win. He’s competitive. A lot of thing’s he’s done in the past on the field have been in kind of the heat of the moment. He wants to win."
(Ryan Zimmerman on B.J. Upton, via Nationals Journal, 7/23/2011)
Dear Mike Rizzo: As long as a trade doesn't involve Drew Storen, you have our blessing. Oh, and feel free to trade away Ian Desmond while you're at it...
Meanwhile, are the trade rumors affecting Upton?
"It's been (like this) the last two years so I guess there's nothing I can do about it. If that's what they want to do, that's up to them. It's totally out of my hands." (B.J. Upton, via TampaBay.com, 7/24/2011)