June 10, 2002
The Week in Quotes
RICKEY LEADS OFF
"I really don't snack in the dugout. Seeds are going to make us fat. I tried them, but they're really not that good for me. I am always telling everyone to lay off the seeds or else they'll be getting fat. There's fat in those seeds. And they always say 'Right, there's a lot of fat in a seed.' Maybe my favorite is water. Water's kind of boring though. I like to chew bubble gum. Maybe that's my favorite. Rickey's going with bubble gum."
MORE FINE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS QUOTES
"Oreos. You can only get 'em in the clubhouse, but you can sneak 'em in the dugout."
"Those little Snickers bars, the bite-size ones. They're good. You get one of those, you're rolling."
NOT JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT
"I say this and I mean this, I'm one of the best shortstops in the game. No doubt about that. In this day and age, I don't understand the evolution of baseball. For some reason, a shortstop regardless of how good he is has to go out there and be hitting .300 at every given opportunity."
"We ironically have too many good players on a last-place team. That is something they were talking about in spring training, making some kind of move or doing something."
"If any member of the Gestapo is offended, then I apologize."
"I'm aggressive. But Wendell [former Red Sox 3rd base coach and current Expos bench coach Wendell Kim] was too aggressive. I just thank God he isn't an air traffic controller."
"I don't play with a vengeance. That's not my personality."
"If you look good, you play good. If you play good, you win."
"If you take a walk, instead of a solo homer, someone might end up with a three-run homer. If you go for 0-for-2 but walk twice and score two runs, you've helped your team."
"It's a philosophy of not being afraid to hit with two strikes. I'm not sure you can teach that. You've got to learn it with experience."
"This is a working-class team. We give you a full nine innings."
"I went to dinner at Legal Sea Foods with my wife the first night we got here. I brought [my 2001 World Series ring] with me. The bartender/food server sees the ring and says, 'Are you with the Diamondbacks?' I told him who I was and he said, 'You've got carte blanche here. Anything you want. You beat the [censored] Yankees!'"
"It might have been the greatest upset in American sports history! And no one here cares! If we ever won, where would they hold the parade? And how many would come? Ten? Well, [I] would be one of them."
"I had two stimulation machines on me so I had four electrodes [hooked up]. As I'm trying to rip the stuff off [to get to the field]. I'm getting electrocuted for about eight seconds before I can get away from the thing. It freaking hurt, that's for sure."
"He hasn't acknowledged me since he left. He basically took the last four years off here. We told him when he hit 30 he needed to do conditioning, and he didn't do it. Pedro [Martinez] did it. He didn't want to play here."
"Everything's new. If that doesn't work, I guess I can look for a new job."