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June 25, 2001

The Week in Quotes

June 18-24

by Derek Zumsteg

RICKEY ON RICKEY

"Let's see, for breakfast Rickey will have bacon and eggs, and grits if I can get 'em."
--Rickey Henderson, Padres outfielder, on the Rickey Henderson Diet

"Then I'll have a good meal after the game, either the clubhouse buffet or at a restaurant someplace. I'll eat a steak sometimes, sure. But not too much. I always leave something on the plate. Never eat till I'm full; pick here and there, eat small, eat often."
--Henderson

"Why you talk about when a player wanna quit? What is that player's ability? How much does he enjoy the game? Can he still compete? My grandmother didn't stop working when she was 40, and my mom sure didn't, either. There is nothing in life that says you have to quit at a certain age."
--Henderson

TRYING TO RUN LIKE RICKEY

"Halfway to second base, I remembered who was behind the plate. I was going to go feet-first, but I didn't think I could make it that way. I got up, and I thought I heard the whole stadium laughing at me."
--Tim Hudson, Athletics pitcher, on his awkward slide as he advanced to second base on a wild pitch against Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez

"I passed one of the umpires after the game and told him, 'If I ever use Hudson again, just kick me out.' That was his last expedition as a pinch-runner. My heart went up into my throat. I don't think they teach running at Auburn."
--Art Howe, Athletics manager, on Auburn graduate Hudson's adventure

"He willed that base. That was one of the finest plays I've ever seen."
--Bobby Valentine, Mets manager on outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo's diving slide into first base to foil a double play

NOT AS DURABLE AS RICKEY

"What was it, dental? Was it eyesight? His arm looked OK."
--Bobby Valentine, Mets manager, on hearing Expos reliever Ugueth Urbina failed a physical

"Norm [Charlton] felt his groin again and we had to take him out of the game."
--Lou Piniella, Mariners manager

BRILLIANT!

"Sometimes you come through and sometimes you don't,"
--Dante Bichette, Red Sox outfielder, after flying out against the Braves with men on base

DYING QUAILS AND GROUND BALLS WITH EYES

"They stole that game. Whatever they were doing, they need to keep doing it because that's a joke. I-Rod is a great hitter, I'll give him that. But the rest of that was luck."
--Scot Schoeneweis, Angels pitcher, on a loss to Texas

"Everything just seemed to find a hole. He got through five just fine but after that, everything they hit had eyes. Everything snowballed in that inning. There are some losses where a pitcher should hang his head and feel responsible for the loss. That wasn't the case tonight."
--Mike Scioscia, Angels manager

SEASONS IN JUNE

"I'm not chasing anybody. The season doesn't end in June."
--Barry Bonds, Giants outfielder, on his home-run pace

"What he's doing is amazing to me if not amazing to everybody else. He's just getting better with age. I'm just glad he's on our side."
--Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks pitcher, on outfielder and teammate Luis Gonzalez

"All I know is I could be playing better. I'm just hoping to improve so I can help this team win. I need to improve in everything, home runs, RBI, leadership, defense. Every part of my game."
--Alex Rodriguez, Rangers infielder, on his season so far

THE REST

"We were lucky. We got Hampton on a bad night. You don't expect to do that to Mike Hampton, but we're not going to give it back."
--Mark Grace, Diamondbacks infielder, on a win over the Rockies

"It was a long one. But you know what? It only counted once."
--Buck Martinez, Toronto manager, on a Manny Ramirez home run reported to have gone 501 feet

"We lost because we didn't pitch very well. We'll protest our pitching, maybe."
--Tom Kelly, Twins manager, on whether he'd considered protesting a loss to the Indians. The game was called on account of rain after two delays when the grounds crew couldn't drag the rain-soaked tarp to cover the infield

"I think this puts some finality to it. John said some things that made some people mad. But for the most part, he was a pretty good teammate and a pretty good closer."
--Chipper Jones, Braves infielder, on the trade that sent pitcher John Rocker to the Indians

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