September 3, 2002
The Week in Quotes
August 26-September 1
THE NIGHT BEFORE STRIKE DATE
"Now I'm kind of wondering what's next. I went to sleep with `Karate Kid' and woke up to Peter Gammons, which was a little frightening."
"We think this is a fair agreement for both sides. It was hard-fought. But we think it will bring us closer to competitive balance and a fairer, more equitable salary structure."
"I'm very, very happy to report that we've reached a historic agreement. There are a lot of people who didn't think they'd live long enough to see these two parties ever reach a deal without the loss of a single game."
"This is a process that in the past has been tortured, troubled, difficult. It's a very long time since we've seen a collective bargaining agreement without a stoppage in play. This could not have been accomplished without a lot of effort by everyone."
"I'm relieved we're not going to have a strike. I'm optimistic that this will help improve competitive balance. The Commissioner wouldn't have done a deal that didn't accomplish that."
"This isn't [NFL executives] Bert Bell or Pete Rozelle in the late '50s going to massive revenue sharing, which was extremely smart. This is not the NBA in the early '80s when it knew the system had to change to survive. This is taking a sport that resists change at all times and doing what it had to in order to move into the 21st Century."
RANK AND FILE
"The thing about the last strike is that it was the players like me who got hurt. The union told us that the salaries would be spread out among everybody, but they weren't. I'll stick by the union if we walk, but sometimes I don't feel like the union sticks by players like me."
"I really think both sides are a little ridiculous. You've got guys like Tom Hicks singing the blues. When he opens his mouth, he sounds so stupid. I don't know how anyone can feel sorry for someone like Hicks."
"I hated the players after [the 1994 strike]. I was like, 'They're so greedy. I'll play for free right now.' But now I see it's a different story."
"I'm very grateful and appreciative that the commissioner of baseball feels that 48 hours before another work stoppage, it's important enough for him to leave Milwaukee and go to New York."
"This is special, it really is. That's the best word for today: special."
HOPEFULLY THE LAST LABOR-RELATED QUOTE OF THE YEAR
"The owners, they're the ones going out there giving all the big contracts. Look at [Rangers owner Tom] Hicks. Now all of a sudden he's screaming. Why did he offer $250 million [to A-Rod] -- $100 million above anybody else's offer? I think it's crazy. And then these guys are going to bitch and complain about all these disputes of luxury tax and all that."
"I stink last night. I stink big-time. That wasn't Lima time. That was Oakland time."
"Every year, I take all my tapes back home [to the Dominican Republic], and I show them to my dad. This one might break. I'm going to watch it every day."
"We left a lot of runners on base, we didn't run the bases well, we didn't pitch, I didn't manage. We might have had a better chance if I stayed home."
"I just hope Billy Beane stays with the A's. As long as he's here, we're going to be good. I'm talking about draft, raising guys up through the system and trades. All these things Billy does are unbelievable."
"I was hoping we'd have to cordon off part of the restaurant, maybe get a private room, get eight, nine guys out for dinner. But two will do."
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