July 14, 1998
The Week in Quotes
July 6-12ALL-STAR GAME
"It was exciting to face Big Mac, especially when
there were runners on base, because you can feel the
electricity in the stadium. I was lucky enough to get a
couple of pitches by him."
"It's disappointing when players picked to wear
the uniform aren't deserving over other players. Bret
Boone? He was in the minors last year."
"I think all the guys here -- except for me -- are
really deserving to be here. That's the truth. That's
how I feel. I couldn't understand why I was the No. 1
outfielder, to be honest with you, with guys like [Greg]
Vaughn and [Sammy] Sosa having monster seasons."
"I'm proud of the way [Roberto Alomar, Rafael
Palmeiro, and Cal Ripken Jr.] played in the All-Star
Game. That shows what kind of talent we have on this
team and what we might be capable of doing in the
"I don't like to get booed. Nobody does. The
All-Star Game is not a place to get booed. So if the
fans want me to do it, that's 4 million reasons why I
"If I had to worry about boos, I'd be dead."
"It just didn't make sense to bring in an outsider.
[Bud Selig] is a man with 30 years of history in the
game. He knows what the problems are. He's a great
"These days, Bud [Selig] is happier than a clam.
If I asked him for a loan, I think he'd give it to me."
"The team of [Bud] Selig and [Paul] Beeston is the
strongest possible thing that's happened to baseball in
"I would be disingenuous if I would say we were in
favor of the process that got us here. But we have a
responsibility to baseball to move forward in a unified
"I think people recognized the job that was being
done. There was a great turnaround in baseball, and Bud
[Selig] should get the credit. It happened on his
"Pace of play has become a fetish with me."
"When baseball is played a mile in the air, all
the game's distances are suddenly off. Instead of being
a thing of beauty, baseball suddenly becomes not only
distorted, but actually defaced and displeasing."
"This is where it's happened for me. If I go
somewhere else, it's not going to be the same. It's
baseball, but it's something special here that I've
got, and I'd love to stay."
"No one is talking about the Blake Street Bombers
right now. Pitchers don't seem to come in here
intimidated. What I'd like to see is us get that
feeling back that we're not out of any game until it's
"You can be happy. But once you're content with
how you're playing, you're never going to improve."
"I have got to find a way to slide that isn't going
to hurt me. Maybe I cross my arms across my chest and
come in feet-first like they do on a water slide."
"If we play the way we're capable of playing, I
think we can compete with the Cubs."
"You have to keep [Randy Johnson] focused and keep
him angry out there. That's when he does his best work."
"I've made myself clear to everyone I've been
associated with. I'm not interested in the general
manager's job. I'd just like to be able to do my job
and find better ways to improve player performance."
"We have a great clubhouse. This is a good mix.
Hell, I've been around teams as a coach where you
couldn't stand to walk into the clubhouse. But this
team has great chemistry. Very seldom do you find a
team you enjoy this much."
"The first couple of years, it was: 'Oh, he smiles
too much. He doesn't take the game seriously.' Now I
don't smile because we're losing. Now they say: 'What's
wrong with him?'"
"Shoot, any day you get out of bed, you kiss the
ground, see what you've got that day. I've been feeling
strong. I'm just going to show up and play my best."
"I'm considered the everyday baseball player, the
regular third baseman for the Orioles. I come to the
ballpark with the simple approach that as long as the
manager thinks I can be one of the guys that can help
us win, I'll play."