May 28, 2002
The Week in Quotes
TRADE OF THE WEEK
"This will improve us defensively. We were concerned we were too one-dimensional.
If we're going to struggle to score runs, we're probably going to have to do as much
as we can to prevent them."
"The message is sent. The guys with options left have got to be thinking about (being demoted) now.
I would if I was them."
"I would highly recommend to both mayors that the vote be taken on primary day. None of these gimmick
elections, July 4th or something, when everyone's out of town."
"This is a very, very special development that everyone is trying to understand and trying to figure out
the implications of."
"You can't have a stadium until this case is dismissed. The commission is interfering with the Twins
staying here by not dismissing this case."
"This whole court case is an effort to ensure this team stays in Minnesota, and therefore we are not
going to dismiss until we are guaranteed that this team is going to be here for the long term."
THE WEEK IN BUD
"It's an unrelated issue. Contraction was about cities and markets that weren't producing revenue and
didn't have a hope of producing revenue. It doesn't have to do with how people are playing on the field."
"With all due respect, we're trying to get a new stadium in Minnesota tonight. Both teams, the Vikings and
Twins, said they need a new stadium. They can't survive and that's the same thing in Montreal."
"I don't think he's in a do-or-die situation. He saw baseball with their contraction put a gun to our heads
and he saw some results, so he's just attempting to do the same thing right now."
"Anything that intensifies feelings and adds more tension to the equation is, frankly, not very productive
and doesn't help any. I hope we can turn the rhetoric down and get back to work."
"It is disappointing and I find it sad because I told everybody a year ago, while we may disagree on the
issues, we're not going to get personal. And we've lived up to our end of the bargain. I don't think threatening
anybody, getting personal, does anybody any good."
"Many of those items appear to be costs the district hopes to recover in the future; we relied on the
district's general ledger and did not use 'Enron-style' accounting that relies on possible future revenues
to balance the district's budget."
"This is not just a day off. Good baserunning is just as important as good hitting to win baseball games."
"They need more of a set schedule here because this is ridiculous. It's a lot of night, day, night, day, night,
day, and it's just tiring. We have expressed it to Peter Magowan, but Peter Magowan only cares what the fans think."
"He doesn't really give a s--- what we think when it comes to scheduling. I don't blame him in a way because he's
got to draw people into this stadium, so don't take it the way I said it, in a derogatory way."
"I'm not doing it any more. This is my last year of doing it. We're going to play within our means from now on.
At least break even. Breaking even is at least a start, and has got to happen."
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