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What were the most memorable quotes from the Baltimore sports scene in 2021? Here are a few, from John Means to Michael Locksley to Justin Tucker.

“My wife, my kid, my mom, and I know my dad was there today. I know he was. He was back there telling me what pitch to throw. It’s pretty incredible.”
Orioles lefty John Means May 5 to MASN’s Scott Garceau and Ben McDonald on who he thought about after no-hitting the Mariners, which occurred less than a year after his father, Alan, passed away

“This is hard, there’s no doubt about it. This is very, very challenging. This is very difficult. It’s frustrating, embarrassing at times. We want to be able to compete in the big leagues, and we’re finding out about our guys. That’s the bottom line.”
– Orioles manager Brandon Hyde May 29 after losing both ends of a doubleheader in the midst of a 14-game losing streak

“We’re human beings. Nobody is perfect. So yes, it is OK to not be OK. It is OK to go through ups and downs and emotional roller coasters. But I think the biggest thing is we all need to ask for help sometimes, too, when we go through those times. For me, I can say personally it was very challenging. It was hard for me to ask for help. I felt like I was carrying, as Simone said, the weight of the world on your shoulders.”
– Michael Phelps to NBC’s Mike Tirico July 27 following Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from the finals of the individual all-around gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health

“This might offend my Maryland people but let me just say … You really don’t have to put Old Bay on everything. Let’s stop with the experiments.”
– Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey on Twitter Aug. 1, sharing one of his many food takes that cause a stir

“That ball is massacred by Austin Hays! Oh, my goodness! You come at the king, you best not miss!”
– Orioles play-by-play man Kevin Brown Sept. 7, one day after Michael K. Williams, the actor who played Omar in “The Wire,” passed away

“I promise you, I’m not going to give that insult one second thought. What’s meaningful to us might not be meaningful to them. Their concerns are definitely not our concerns.”
– Ravens head coach John Harbaugh Oct. 4 responding to sharp criticism from Broncos head coach Vic Fangio after the Ravens tied the record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games with a 5-yard run on the final play of a 23-7 victory

“Being on a three-game losing streak, I’m a little nervous to let somebody come knock on my door. I’ll have to start with that first, that we may just leave it out front and let them just grab what they want.”
– Maryland football coach Michael Locksley Oct. 27 when asked what his Halloween plans were

“If you’re not feeling a little bit nervous, are you really living?”
– Ravens kicker Justin Tucker after making the game-winning 36-yard field goal in overtime to cap off the Ravens’ 34-31 win against the Vikings Nov. 7

Originally published on Dec. 15, 2021.

Issue 272 December 2021 / January 2022

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