Tony Franklin on Peter O'Brien:
"The first thing I recognized after first game is that he's very professional. He hit some big home runs, some of the longest I've seen hit in that ballpark. But it didn't faze him. He played the game the same. He's very calm in his demeanor. That's impressive for a young kid."
On his maturity: "Being the worrier I am, you never know. Much like the game, you identify who you are and what you're all about. Peter is as much a professional as anyone I've ever seen. He's done a tremendous job. Twenty plus home runs is one thing, the character is off the charts. He's very humble."
"Like most young hitters...it's not he he doesn't hit the breaking ball, what they do is not swing at the breaking ball. I've not seen a fastball he can't hit. The object is to lay off the pitches you can't handle. That's what he's trying to learn."
On the All Star Game: "We can all use two days off, we can moan about the travel, but once you get here and you're part of the festivities, you get over it. My coaching staff and these players have done something very special, so we should be happy to participate. Cherish those moments."
"I'm trying to be equitable with the lineup. I don't want to mess it up."
"Getting a chance to do this is a great opportunity."
On quick success: "That's one of the things focused on the whole year, take a step back, be in the present, take advantage of the opportunity."
Does winning the ASG matter? "Anytime I'm out there I like to compete."
On his admiration for Derek Jeter: "I don't know if I can add any thing to the subject. He's an amazing person on and off the field. The best way to sum it up is if I'm half the player and person he was, I'll be happy."