April 15, 2002
The Week in Quotes
April 8-14, 2002
"If he felt so anxious to have someone take a swing at me, why didn't he come and do it? It's not like it's all that easy to come up and pop one at me. If you want to pop me, go ahead and take his chances. He doesn't have to send [Shannon] Stewart to do it. He can always come himself and do it--and see what he's going to get."
"I got to the major leagues last year and knew no idea about plate discipline, pitch recognition or anything like that. No one ever mentioned it to me in the minor leagues. Then I got to the majors, and it was obvious. I had a good first month, then pitchers began working on me and it was a struggle not to swing at almost everything."
"If we had hitters throughout our lineup who did not have a track record, that would be one thing. But people like David Segui and Jeff Conine and Chris Singleton and Mike Bordick and Melvin Mora, these guys have track records."
"And hitting eighth isn't easy. You never know when they're pitching around you. He's aggressive enough outside the zone that he makes them [opposing pitchers] really have to have a good plan. It's hard to pitch around him, but yet he's not chasing himself into outs right now."
"We're very comfortable with the team that we work with. We are fine with it for the time being and there are no thoughts of changing."
"He had to stay in until we got the lead. That's what you do on the road."
"With our lineup, with the kind of hitters we have, the only thing I want to see is to be disciplined at the plate and not help the pitcher. With their history, they're going to hit. But if there's anything at all I'm disappointed in, I think we've helped the opposing pitcher by trying to do too much, being a little too over-aggressive with the bat. I don't look at one person. I look at us collectively.I'd like to see us work deeper into counts."
"I'm pretty sure the Secret Service was here to keep me under surveillance. There were no sudden moves."
"Nobody wants anybody throwing anything on the field and hurting somebody. But I'm glad they're here and cared about us."
"I told Buck, 'If not being able to throw strikes can be called an injury, then I'm injured.'"
"Oh, great. There's nothing like eating at 'IHOP' and having peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches every day."
"The bases seem to get further and further apart every year."