Full transcript: Ike shoots back at NY Post
Were you hurt for all of last year?
“The bottom line where it says I played all year hurt is not right, because I told you [addressing Post reporter Mike Puma directly] for the first two months it didn’t hurt. Actually you knew that because I said that. There you go. So that’s a lie.”
But you said you were hurt.
“I said not all year. That’s exactly what I said was ‘Not all year,’ because we had talked about it for 20 minutes. I said it’s basically a pointless story to talk about because it doesn’t matter.
“If you hurt something, your oblique, and it pops, there’s a time in between. It doesn’t automatically go, ‘Oh, I’m healthy and then I pop.’ There’s a time where it hurts. But you can’t be like, ‘Oh, I feel a little something here. It’s a little tight. It hurts a little bit.’ I can’t pull myself out of the game. But you made it look like it’s an excuse. It shouldn’t have been a story anyway, because that’s what we talked about before you wrote this, was we shouldn’t write about it because it doesn’t matter. But that was nowhere in the article. It’s just an overblown thing. Everyone has injuries and they get hurt, so it was pointless to write an article.
“I sucked last year because I sucked. It’s not because I had an injury. You always have injuries, and now it just looks bad. I didn’t want the article to come out and it did, so whatever.”
It wasn’t a reason for why you didn’t play well?
“No, not at all. Not at all. Nope. I never once made an excuse that my oblique hurt.”
You never told Sandy Alderson or Terry Collins?
“You can’t tell people stuff because you won’t play. You always hurt. We always hurt. You play 162 games in how many days? You hurt all the time. Unless you can’t physically actually go out and play, you can’t say anything. So that’s what we do, and we have injuries that last a little longer and they don’t. Sometimes they never pop. I wish it didn’t but it did. I even told you guys when we had a meeting last year, ‘It finally went out. I’ve been feeling it for a little bit and it finally popped.’ What am I going to do, not play? And so it doesn’t make sense.”
Looking back, did it affect you at all?
“No. I already said that, it didn’t have an effect. So now I’m going to be very sharp. I’m not going to say anything. We’re not going to have one-on-one [interviews]. We’re going to have group meetings so it’s not blown out of proportion.”
Did you address is with Terry or Sandy today?
“No. It wasn’t even supposed to be an article. I told [Puma] as soon as he came up, I go, ‘No, we’re not talking about that, it’s pointless.’ That’s exactly what I said. Then it’s back page of the Post, whatever. All right, thanks guys.”
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