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January 3, 2011

The Week in Quotes

January 3-9

by Alex Carnevale

KENNY WILLIAMS' MIGRAINE HEADACHE ENTERS ITS SEVENTEENTH MONTH

"I'll always respect him as a person and give him credit that's due. But I want to play for a manager who trusts his relievers, regardless of what's going on. With the way Ozzie was talking this winter and the way he treated me, I don't want to fight with the guy. How many times did he question my ability, and then saying how he would love to have me back, but I would have to come to spring training and fight for the closer's role like anyone else? Why would I come back to that negativity? I'm looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen."
–Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks.

"I don't tweet. I don't Facebook. I don't like it in sports at all. I don't think it's necessary at all... What happened here with Oney tweeting what he did, that's crossing a pretty big line in my personal opinion. That's something that's gotta be addressed quickly and taken care of and snuffed out real fast."
–White Sox reliever Matt Thornton on Oney Guillen's twitter comments on Jenks' view of his father.

"It was my first hope, and it hurt. During my first conversation with my wife after the season, she looked me in the eyes and said that she would go anywhere with me. I said that I wanted to go back to Chicago. I don't want to sit here and say I'm a 15-year veteran, but I felt I was a significant part of this organization and this team. With the moves that happened and the way things rolled out, it made more sense by their actions to look elsewhere."
–Jenks, on the White Sox not wanting him back.

"It is an issue I trust Ozzie to manage as there are obvious peripheral issues that are in direct conflict to what we believe and could directly compromise the integrity of clubhouse privacy, privacy that is vital to a team's unity and success."
–White Sox general manager Kenny Williams.

"Anytime you bring clubhouse stuff out in the open, I don't care what it is, it's that person's personal business and also the clubhouse's personal business. That's the first time all this stuff has really irritated me. It doesn't matter what's true and what's not true, I don't care about that. The fact that anything was said at all is ridiculous. It's definitely gotta be addressed and taken care of real quick around here."
Thornton. (Scott Merkin, MLB.com)

IT TOOK A COUPLE YEARS, BUT THEY GOT THEIR STORY STRAIGHT

"I was telling the truth then, and I am telling the truth now. I don't know what else I can say. I have never taken steroids. For people who think I took steroids intentionally, I'm never going to convince them. But I hope the voters judge my career fairly and don't look at one mistake."
–candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame Rafael Palmeiro.

"Somebody said we are not the morality police, but yet I think we are. If we aren't, who is? Part of our job is that we are custodians of the game's history. I do look at the larger picture, and Palmeiro had a lot of good years, but that brings back to my feeling that otherwise he would be worthy of the Hall of Fame."
–retired sportswriter Ross Newhan on not voting for Palmeiro.

"I never played for the Hall of Fame. I only played to win and have fun. But, yes, now the Hall of Fame is important to me. Why wouldn't I want to be there? I don't want to take anything for granted, but there was a legitimate chance that I was going to get 3,000. I had no motivation to take steroids because I was at the end of my career.''
Palmeiro. (Mel Antonen, SI.com)

REMEMBER: THERE IS MORE THAN ONE JEFF BAGWELL IN THE WORLD

"I hear stuff about me all the time in Houston, Texas. If you're 5-11 with a goatee, you're Jeff Bagwell. I don't even know this person. I couldn't even tell you how to get to Pasadena, and this guy is saying he was with Roger and Andy and he knows me? Are you kidding me?"
–former Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell on the perception he used steroids.

"I'm so sick and tired of all the steroids crap, it's messed up my whole thinking on the subject. I hate to even use this word, but it's become almost like a buzz kill for me. So much has gone on in the last eight or nine years, it's kind of taken some of the valor off it for me. If I ever do get to the Hall of Fame and there are 40 guys sitting behind me thinking, 'He took steroids,' then it's not even worth it to me. I don't know if that sounds stupid. But it's how I feel in a nutshell.''
Bagwell.

"People can say anything they want about Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire, but it was fun to watch. Barry Bonds is the best player I've ever seen. He would stand on first base and say, 'If they throw that pitch again, I'm taking them deep.' Then guess what? The next at-bat, he would take them deep. He could steal a base anytime he wanted to steal a base, and he was always safe. I've only seen three or four people who could ever do that. No matter what anybody says about Barry or Mark, who I love to death, they were great players and they were fun to watch. When you get older and stuff happens, maybe you think, 'I have to do something now.'"
Bagwell. (Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com)

JUST WATCH OUT FOR ADRIAN BELTRE AND YOU'LL BE FINE

"I thought it was a bruise. We went back into the x-ray room. One of my ribs, you could clearly see it wasn't together."
–Rockies outfield prospect Kyle Parker, on ending his career as Clemson quarterback when he was knocked out of the Meineke Car Care Bowl with broken ribs.

"I think I'll miss it. But I don't think I'll miss it as much if I were going to go sit in an office out there or working a real job. I've enjoyed playing. It's been really good to me. Nothing really went the way I wanted this year. Obviously, I learned from it. I've got to move on and get healthy, try to continue a career. The biggest thing now is just finish it off and enjoy being here."
Parker before the game, on quitting football.

"The kid sold out. He came back to play. He battled his butt off. I hate that he got hurt. I'll remember the positive things that Kyle Parker did at Clemson."
–now former Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator Billy Napier. (Hale McGranahan, The Item)

WHAT'S THE OPPOSITE OF BUYER'S REMORSE?

"Some of them contracts are getting to look like retirement contracts. My comfort level on free agency is three to four years and they think nothing of agents, nowadays, asking for seven. So, I don't know, I don't know how you justify something like that."
–Rangers president Nolan Ryan.

"I think what you have to do is understand the impact that contracts, like the Carl Crawford contract and Werth's contract, have on the overall market and realize that it will impact what you're trying to do as an organization. So, when you see contracts of that nature, they have an impact on the entire game and so yes, you have to anticipate that it will either increase your payroll or it will put you in a position that makes it much harder to sign your players."
Ryan.

"I think it shows how important it is to develop players within your system and be able to control them for six years on the major league level before you get put into a position where you have to make a decision of that nature."
Ryan. (Dallas Morning News)

THE REST

"George Will called me one morning at the end of September and said: 'You ought to be proud. You beat the recession again.' I hadn't thought of it in those terms, but I think that's true."
–MLB commissioner Bud Selig. (MLB.com)

"I hope we've made the lineup a lot deeper, a lot more dynamic. It's a pretty rare opportunity for an organization to add two of the best players in the game, in my opinion, under 30, to a core that I feel is already young and in its prime. We should have one of the deepest, most dynamic, hopefully best lineups in the league."
–Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. (Ian Browne, MLB.com)

"I'm a Catholic. When you go to the church to get a divorce, you get an annulment, it's like it never happened. I'm like marriage: You might find my numbers in the big leagues, but it's like I never happened. To my own union and Major League Baseball, I never existed. If I get one more day that season, I'm fine."
–former Cardinals pitcher Tom Bruno, on coming one day short of qualifying for a MLB pension when he was released by Whitey Herzog on the final day of spring training in 1980. (Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun)

"Anyone can accuse anyone of anything at any time. He's not doing well, obviously. He's blown away. He's devastated that someone would accuse him of this."
–Garrett Wittels' father Michael Wittels, on the Florida International shortstop being charged with rape in the Bahamas. (Adam H. Beasley, Palm Beach Post)

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Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.

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