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July 23, 2001

The Week in Quotes

July 16-22

by Derek Zumsteg

DUDE, WHERE'S MY WALK?

"I've thought for a while that he's the best player in the history of the game. Name someone better."
--Brady Anderson, Orioles outfielder, on Giants outfielder Barry Bonds

"Bonds is way better. Look at the walks, dude."
--Anderson, responding to 'Willie Mays'

"It's all about on-base percentage. That's the most important number in our game."
--Ken Williams, White Sox GM

SUCK LIKE A FOX

"Yeah, it's a contagious disease. It's around the country. If we play an exhibition game in spring training in Houston, there's people chanting, `Yankees suck.' It's like there's some type of audio system around the country. You really understand what they are saying. There's no Boston accent. I don't know what it means, but that's OK. I've heard my name in the same sentence."
--Jimy Williams, Red Sox manager, asked by reporters if he noticed fans chanting "Yankees suck" while other teams are visiting

"You guys all suck."
--Williams, to the same reporters as they left his office

MEDICAL MISHAPS

"I thought he was very good. I remember my first major-league start. Your first start, there's not butterflies in your stomach, there's pterodactyls."
--Dan Warthen, Tigers pitching coach, on the debut of pitcher Adam Pettyjohn

"We have a physician on hand in case he has a heart attack or something."
--Carlos Delgado, Blue Jays infielder, on teammate Brad Fullmer taking first base having not started there since 1999

WINNING DIFFERENT WAYS

"[The Dodgers] have an idea of what it takes to win. They're constantly trying to improve their team, constantly trying to keep their own players. They're constantly moving forward. They're going to be able to compete every year and that's definitely a plus."
--Johnny Damon, Athletics outfielder

"Hopefully other teams know that the Oakland A's are for real. Everyone in here knows it. I hope Cleveland knows. I hope Boston knows. We're letting Billy Beane know also, to keep us together."
--Damon

"It's a cheap watch. I usually leave it in my locker for the clubhouse kids."
--Bobby Higginson, Tigers outfielder, on his prize for winning AL Player of the Week

DIDN'T THINK THAT THROUGH

"It's very important that he play winter ball. In the minors, a guy should have 3,000, 4,000 at-bats. If I was a betting man, I'd say he had no more than 500."
--Larry Bowa, Phillies manager, offering easy money regarding Pat Burrell

"I never thought about 500 or 600 home runs, but I think I can do that pretty easily."
--Gary Sheffield, Dodgers outfielder

TONGUES AND TAILS

"He didn't throw us out of his office but he came relatively close. I think he really hated Mick Jagger's tongue. He kept talking about, 'That tongue is disgusting. I don't want him in my building.'"
--Bruce Hoffman, former Camden Yards stadium authority director, on a meeting with Orioles owner Peter Angelos to arrange a Rolling Stones concert at the facility

"I wanted to show the young guys something they had never seen. I had made up my mind that whatever the umpire said, he was going to be wrong."
--Ozzie Guillen, Expos third-base coach, on being ejected exchanging lineup cards after being thrown out the day before

"Let's not get too philosophical. We just can't hit him."
--Tony Muser, Royals manager, on his team's long winless string against Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer

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