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March 4, 2002
The Week in Quotes
The Week In Quotes, February 18-March 3, 2002
STEERING THE SHIP, ONLY NOT
"I know during the controversy in Boston there were people saying that 'Bud wants his pals in there.' That wasn't true. That franchise is so critical. And I knew that in the hands of John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino, you were putting it in the hands of people you know would do the job that needs to be done. They have a wonderful track record. Five years from now, you'll thank me because these guys are the right choice."
FRONT OFFICE LEADERSHIP
"Philadelphia is the sixth-largest market in the game, and I feel that for the last however long, the organization has not acted like it. There's a lack of commitment to what I think is right. I'm not seeing that their No. 1 goal is to put a winning team on the field. That's my No. 1 goal, and that's why I put on a uniform every day."
"I guess there's one point that Scott made that I agree with. He indicated he's an idiot for not signing with us."
"What we have is a 28-year-old, very athletic guy with two Gold Gloves under his belt. When you're 28 years old and you've played five seasons in the big leagues, most players have shown you what they are."
"We have the capability of scoring 950 runs. Teams that do that generally find themselves in the playoffs. When you get to that level all you need is decent pitching. Just decent. I'm a big believer, especially in this league, of getting guys on base and getting them in."
"As a young player, he probably feels the clock is ticking and some of his best years are slipping away one at a time. He's a young player who obviously has tremendous talent swinging the bat. It's hard for him to understand why he didn't play every day. I'm trying to do what's best for the team."
"We built C.C. up slowly last year. Ninety-six pitches? That's nothing. Some people throw 96 pitches in two or three innings. I'll never overwork a pitcher. I'd like to build C.C. up to about 120 pitches this season."
"We are trying to teach him not to swing at the rosin bag when they throw it up there. I'd like him to spend some time with pitch selection and being comfortable at the plate. "
"If he can do that, he'll hit .330. Young guys see the press clippings that they're going to be a home run hitter, but not before their time. J.D. Drew, he bunts. Mickey Mantle bunted too."
"I'm really looking forward to having some of the players puke for me during wind sprints."
"He's not going to the plate looking for a walk. He's got too much talent to just take a base on balls."
"In God we trust, all others must have data."
FINALE OF "DOGPILE ON GRIFFEY" WEEK
"He'll throw his accomplishments in your face, asking 'how much money do you make, how many home runs have you hit?' I didn't know it was about that."
"I know he's going to come running over to me, wanting to hug me like he's my good buddy, and I'm not even going to talk to him or shake his hand. I have a lot of good friends over there, but he's not one of them."
PROBLEM PLAYERS IN GENERAL
"The bottom line is, you say, 'Adios, man,' and go find somebody else. You can't have people linger and then someone blame it on the coaches. That's an insult. I can't do anything when you give a man X amount of dollars. You gave it to him, I didn't. So don't blame me, and say, 'Harp, you got to get him to the ballpark.'"
"They say you need Tommy Harper for this guy or that guy. No, you don't. You need good people, who have character, who have pride, and they will police themselves. They know what is right and what is wrong. They don't need me to tell 'em."
"You know why Nomar is on time? Because Nomar wants to be on time. You know why he observes the rules? Because he wants to observe them, because he wants to be part of the team. He doesn't have to, he's a superstar, he could be a pain in the butt, but he's not.'"
"I don't care if it's a contract year or if I'm playing for free. I've been given a locker, a glove and a uniform. That's all the motivation I need."
"The way I look at it, I can't get any worse. The only way for me to go is up."
"I'm not a five-tool guy. I'm a guy who kind of grows on you after a while. My thing is to play a lot of different positions and do a lot of little things."
"Pitching in the ALCS Game 4 against the Yankees last year, I felt I was in control all the way."
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