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May 6, 2002
The Week in Quotes
April 29-May 5
THINGS MUST CHANGE
"I'm not ashamed of anything that's happened to create this situation. We've wanted to win. We've worked hard here. We've improved a lot of people but we've got to win baseball games. And I understand that."
"Baseball needs a new economic system. There is nothing that exists that gives the Minnesotas of the world a chance to compete. The NFL and the NBA have systems that do work. There are restraints, there are salary caps and there is revenue sharing."
DAVEY, DAVEY JOHNSON
"Hey, I've been fired four times now. I think they're trying to tell me something. I guess I'll take the hint for once in my life.
"I think you get tired of being fired after a while, or not knowing when you're going to get fired. It doesn't seem to matter sometimes how well you're doing, because if ownership or management is on a different timetable, you're out. Maybe if they could tell me I'd work for three months and then they'd definitely fire me, I'd do it. Well, no, not really."
"On one particular night, I was as good as anybody in the game."
"It's calm aggressiveness. Work the hitter as best you can. Get good pitches to hit and don't swing at a breaking pitch until the pitcher has proven he can throw it for a strike. A lot of pitchers don't throw first-pitch strikes and even if they do, you should have enough confidence to give them one."
"The bunt is a great offensive weapon. You can't go wrong advancing runners."
"It was so awesome, dude. Fifty billion dollars gets traded there every day. Billion."
"He made enough money off me to buy a boat; he better be happy for me."
"I know the time he spent on the bench today he was taking a lot of grief, so he was probably glad to just get in the ballgame and get away from his teammates for awhile. I heard Wally Pipp mentioned at least 100 times on that bench today."
"I wanted to see him throw a no-hitter worse than you guys. I think he'd rather have a good arm next year rather than a no-hitter."