Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Requisite "Homegrown Boy Returns" article on Happ

The Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Hagen has a good article on former Phillie (another rule, we will never use unnecessary "Ph"s in reference to to Phillies. Pho sho.) J.A. Happ.

Happ, on preparing for tonight's game against Halladay:
"I've certainly thought about it. I think we know it's going to be a packed house, because it always is. That's going to be great. I don't know. I'm going to do my best to try to control those emotions. It's going to be weird. I'll try to treat it like just another game. It's strange, but hopefully it will be fun."

Happ, on his level of intensity:
"I try to keep my emotions in check, but I don't want that to be mistaken for lack of intensity. In my opinion, I'm as intense as anybody. Just because I'm not fiery, so to speak. But inside, I want to win as much as anybody."

"I got a text from Doc [after the trade]. He said, 'You're going to love this guy, Arnie. Great work habits. Very good learner.' And Doc hit the nail on the head," he said.

"The one thing I'm trying to help with this kid is the confidence. He doubts himself sometimes, he gets mad at himself. I told him something the other day Dusty Baker said to me once. 'Try a little less hard.' We're so good as athletes that trying harder and harder and harder, nobody really knows how to back down a little bit."