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October 13, 1997

The Week in Quotes

October 5-12

by Dennis Cleary

THE ORIOLES

"Those guys can play with the gloves. That's the biggest difference I see in them this year."
-- Lou Piniella, Mariners manager, on the Orioles

"He's the Oriole way."
-- Davey Johnson, Orioles manager, on Mike Bordick

"He's one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball today. When he's on his game, he's as good as there is."
-- Mike Hargrove, Indians manager, on Mike Mussina

"We kind of assumed we'd have to go through New York, because they are the world champions. None of us were heartbroken when the Yankees lost, and none of us cried."
-- Davey Johnson

"I want to go to the World Series. But if I don't, I'll be watching and pulling for my brother to win."
-- Roberto Alomar

THE INDIANS

"We believe we can win. You have to."
-- Matt Williams

"I know from my experience that Orel [Hershiser] likes to put water on the back of his neck. He prefers to have the cover of the ball moist as opposed to dry, and he will get water wherever he can get it."
-- Davey Johnson, Orioles manager

"He cheats and just about everybody else does. Why not? He showed me how to cheat but said I can't do it until I'm about 35. If I'm fortunate enough to stay around that long, I get the privilige to cheat."
-- Chad Ogea, kidding about Orel Hershiser

"We've really come together since the beginning of the year. Right now, we can talk about Matt Williams' head and he doesn't get as mad as he did before."
-- Omar Vizquel

THE MARLINS

"C.J.'s real dangerous because C.J. swings."
-- Jim Leyland, Marlins manager, on Charles Johnson

"I've been fortunate every time I pitch against them. I pitched well against other teams, but it seems every time I go against the Braves, the guys make great plays behind me."
-- Tony Saunders

"We're playing the best team in the world. People can't expect too much."
-- Gary Sheffield

"I'm not going anywhere until we finish our business. I'll be right here in uniform."
-- Alex Fernandez, out for the rest of the playoffs with a torn rotator cuff

"I can't pull a rabbit out of a hat and put Sandy Koufax in a Marlins uniform. We have to improvise."
-- Jim Leyland, Marlins manager

"It's no secret that I never really had a successful championship series, and this one wasn't going too well, either. So many people were bringing it to my attention I figured something had to go my way."
-- Bobby Bonilla

THE BRAVES

"My success comes from the fact I'm aggressive and not afraid to fail at a time when everybody seems to be watching you. Everybody is tired, so you pull everything you have from within and play with emotion. As soon as you lose the edge, you'll be answering questions you don't want to answer."
-- John Smoltz

"Well, I was watching Baseball Tonight last night and Harold Reynolds starts talking about Al Leiter having no-hit stuff and, these were his exact words, 'I really feel like the Marlins are going for the kill [in game 4].' I'm thinking, what is this guy talking about? I'll be honest. It ticked me off."
-- Denny Neagle, who won the game

"You put your little helmet on, and what's being said and what's being written just bounce right off."
-- Greg Maddux

"It's tough. The team needs a guy like that. He's got experience, he's got success in the postseason. He's going to be missed."
-- Tony Graffanino, on injured teammate Mark Lemke

THE PEDRO MARTINEZ SWEEPSTAKES

"We are looking to end up probably trading Pedro. We're going to cut our payroll way back."
-- Jim Beattie, Expos GM

"I'd say we have quite a bit of interest. We just haven't gotten that far down the road yet with them. We've certainly expressed to the Expos that we've got a lot of fine, young players and feel we have a lot of depth. We want to be definite players."
-- Kevin Towers, Padres GM

"Obviously Pedro Martinez is a great pitcher whom we tried to acquire this season, but the Expos didn't want to deal him. We've discussed the situation, and after the postseason gets over with, I think we're going to get real serious in our discussions."
-- John Hart, Indians GM

THE REST

"I never quite understood logic that grants someone a better chance of succeeding simply because he has failed elsewhere."
-- Gary Shelton, columnist, on hiring managers

"Last year, we were the team of destiny. This year, it seemed like we were a victim of it."
-- David Cone

"We didn't score any runs, we didn't get any key hits and now we've got 4 1/2 months to think about it."
-- Ken Griffey Jr.

"This truly hurts. It's very painful. You play 200 games including spring training and four games decides if you go home. It hurts. It's frustrating."
-- Alex Rodriguez

"We haven't moved a baseball team in 26 years. I certainly hope the Twins stay in Minnesota. But for anybody to think that, in this day and age, you can consign an owner to either uncompetitiveness or bankruptcy is sheer folly."
-- Bud Selig, acting commissioner

"It's going to take twice as much work this winter to take it to the next level. I don't want this to be one of those teams which drop off after reaching this level."
-- Brian Sabean, Giants GM

"We're going to put him on a switch-hitting program."
-- Dusty Baker, Giants manager, on J.T. Snow

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