July 22, 2002
The Week in Quotes
July 15-21, 2002
THIS WEEK'S MOST-SUBMITTED SET OF QUOTES
"Whack it. Hack it. Stay aggressive."
"I want an offense that feels that not only [Sammy] Sosa, [Fred] McGriff and [Moises] Alou will drive in runs. I want Mark Bellhorn and Bill Mueller and everyone on the team to think that that run is theirs to drive in. I don't want Bill Mueller taking pitches to try to draw a walk so Sammy Sosa can drive him in."
"We're going to stay aggressive. There will be times when a guy is wild and you'll say, 'Boy, he should have them taking.' But I'm going to let them whack. I want us to control the at-bat."
CONTINUING ON THE WRONG FOOT
"I thought of [starting the ninth] with Alfonseca, but I wanted to run Wood up to 120 pitches. I want our starters to go 120. I wanted to give him a chance to close it out."
"Ideally, you don't want to go past 110 a lot of times. But up here these guys are good athletes, and there's no reason they can't go 120, 125. It's not a set thing. But if they are really throwing well, I'll push them up to 120."
"You might get 600 at-bats during the course of a year, but what do you get with runners in scoring position--100, maybe? Anything can happen in a hundred at-bats... There's more of an element of luck involved with runners in scoring position than with batting average from year to year."
"I've said many times, I don't like the squeeze. But then again, we might squeeze tomorrow night again... It's a nice play when it works, and when it doesn't work, what the hell was the manager thinking? He should have just let him swing the bat."
"I'm the best-looking and the smartest, too."
"I just don't see a future here for me. I've been here three years now and it seems like it's always something that they have this idea that I'm the fourth outfielder. If that's the way they feel about me, cool, but I'd like to go somewhere else. I should be given that opportunity to play every day. It's not like we're in a race or anything."
"Do I think he could play there every day? Yes. The only problem with that is I think he's the best third baseman in the league."
THE GAME'S IN TROUBLE. YUP.
"You can't have a system where the two New York teams, just because of the market they're in, have such an advantage over the rest of the league. They have to play someone, unless they just want to just play each other. It has to change, and it will change."
"I have one--but I haven't tried to cash it."
"I want out. We were blatantly lied to. They said they wanted to win here. But the moves they make don't back up what they are saying. They lied to us. They lied to everybody. If they continue in this direction, I will ask for a trade. I don't want to go through another rebuilding."
DIGRESSIONS ON AN UNSOLVABLE PROBLEM
"Bob Uecker hit a home run off of me, so I know Barry could hit one off me. The home run Uecker hit off me was the most embarrassing moment of my career in baseball. My teammates wouldn't talk to me for a month."
"Barry's a very big, strong guy. The players today are more health-conscious, they take care of themselves better, they have the money to pay a trainer and a nutritionist. We used to get a baloney and cheese sandwich after the game, and we were lucky if a restaurant was open."
"Basically, we are a failure. I feel that way. It's embarrassing to me to not help the club more and contribute more. Everybody in here can do better. We have to have a sense of urgency. We have to check ourselves in the mirror and push ourselves more. It's embarrassing."
"It's tough. We have to do something, maybe try 120 percent instead of 110."
"Now maybe everybody will quit asking me if he's going to stay in the rotation. I should mess with you all and say I'm taking him out now."
"Today God helped me. They had been throwing me off-speed and I figured they would try to get ahead on a change-up. I stayed back and I saw the pitch."
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