August 5, 2002
The Week in Quotes
July 29-August 4
"You can't measure Pokey by batting average and on-base percentage. He brings defense to the table, and his enthusiasm really picks up the team. We're a different team when he's on the field."
"We're young, dumb and stupid. But we've got a lot of heart."
"We don't initiate anything."
"I actually initiated the whole thing."
DISCIPLINE IN TWO CASES
"I've always been patient at the plate. That doesn't mean I won't swing at the first pitch, but I always look for a pitch in my zone. If I go deeper into the count, there's a better chance that I'll see a pitch I want to hit. Pitchers always try to get you out by nibbling and making you hit their pitch. I think you can stay out of slumps by taking the walk. I mean, you go 1-for-3 every night with a walk and you're hitting .333. That's good."
"Why don't we just set the ball on a tee and let the batter hit it? We'll just stand in the field and see what happens. If he's going to sit in his office and assume people are getting hit because he thinks it's on purpose, what's the point?"
TAKE THAT, COMPUTER GUYS
"I hate to be in a position where it looks like I'm knocking players, because that's not my intention, but who in Detroit made the decision to give Bobby Higginson $11.8 million per year? And who's the guy in Colorado who gave $55 million to Denny Neagle who we [the Yankees] relegated to the bullpen in the  postseason? You have people making these kinds of decisions who rely on stats and computers."
"The most impressive part of his defensive game is he has a very accurate arm and very good feet; he's very fleet-footed. He has a nose for the baseball, and that's a gift you can't teach. He's always had great range--phenominal range--and he's always trying to be at the top of his game."
"The stolen base is not so easy, like people think."
LABOR QUOTES, NOW LAST FOR OSTRICH CONVENIENCE
"I asked to be on Selig's Blue Ribbon panel and I was turned down. They put George Will on it and he's got a 400 IQ. But does he know anything about [the inner workings of] baseball? No."
"You can throw the names of all these fancy accounting firms around all you want. When the big giants like Arthur Andersen go down, and they're proven to be dirty, what are you going to think about the rest of these people and their creative bookkeeping?"
"If players want to strike, they ought to just pick Sept. 11, because that's what it's going to do to the game. I don't think there's going to be a work stoppage. I don't think anybody's that dumb."
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