May 28, 2001
The Week in Quotes
"To talk about it on May 21 is ridiculous. I could be hit by a truck
tomorrow, then what? 'He was on his way, but, damn, he got hit by a truck.'"
LOSING THINGS POORLY
"If they think swinging at a 3-0 pitch is cause for retaliation, then
they'll find out what retaliation is. I've been in this game 33 years, and
it's been established that swinging 3-0 is not a reason to hurt a man or
throw at him. It's the new 'Let's-wear-a-skirt baseball,' and I've never
worn a skirt."
"I don't know what the school of thought is. I've seen a lot of games go
late, and I've always heard that after the fifth and sixth you earn your way
on. It's a 2-0 game, so I can't really be out there being [mad] about that,
because the tying run is at the plate from that point on, and you've got to
get outs. But I was a little surprised, yeah."
"I would understand where they're coming from if it's six-nothing, but I
brought the tying run to the plate and Bubba can go deep at any time. If he
goes deep right there, it's a tie ball game."
IT'S NOT EASY BEING A GM
"I don't play, I don't manage, I don't coach. I can't get the runner home
from scoring position. I can't make the key pitch when it needs to be made.
I can't move the runner over when he needs to be moved over."
"It's hard to maintain a winning club when you lose players the caliber of
Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Andy Van Slyke, Doug Drabek and John Smiley. I
understood that challenge and was willing to accept it when I took this job
but it has still made for quite a challenge."
"We had a lot of injuries in 1993, but nothing like this. I asked
(first-base coach) Bill Doran, who has been associated with a lot of teams,
and he said he has never seen anything like this with key guys going down.
We've got our one-hitter, our three-hitter, our five-hitter, our six-hitter,
our No. 1 starter, our No. 2 starter all down. It is unbelievable. Now Pokey
Reese is out. I've never seen anything like this."
"Basically, Bronson is our sixth starter now. We need a sixth starter, so he
should be in that spot. He threw extremely well, and I was very pleased. I
believe that's how you develop starters, by putting them in the bullpen when
"I don't think Mike had his best stuff, but that's what makes a really good
pitcher. Plus he hits homers, so that doesn't hurt. The guy just competes
and finds a way."
ON NOT HITTING
"I really don't want to talk about their pitching. Personally I didn't think
they were that great. We just didn't hit."
"We didn't have our hitting shoes on. Frankie can throw the ball slower,
slower and slower than slower. Our young boys had a tough time adjusting to
"I've told Joe to move me if he wants to. It doesn't matter to me where I
hit. Baseball is different now. There's not much difference between hitting
third or ninth."
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