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September 24, 2002
The Week in Quotes
MARLINS MARLINS MARLINS
"We're pleased with the progress of the club and the direction through Jeff's leadership."
CAN'T STOP QUOTING THE MARLINS
"That's just a number I pulled out of thin air to show it's more than 100%. This club is going in the right direction. Steadfast and straight ahead. I couldn't be happier."
"Because he used to own a minor league team, Jeffrey knows the value of player development. We have some of the best young players in baseball in our system. There's a temptation to rush them, but we're not going to do that."
"They're going to have to deal with C.J. being here next year. If they want to pay me $7 million to play 80 games next year, hey, whatever. I ain't going nowhere."
OTHER BAD FRANCHISES
"If you lose 24 one-run games, it means you have a lot of chances. With improvement, we can win a lot of games next season."
"It's not ideal, is it?"
"We've had a long and proud affiliation with the Orioles, but when we met with the Twins, within the first hour we felt these were people we could believe in."
"We've had an exciting year, even though the record is not what we hoped it would be. If we can be as successful each day as we have for the last 365, then 2003 will be a very pleasant year."
"Pitching against the Tigers is like pitching in Class-A ball again. They just hack like crazy. They will swing at anything."
"I don't want to subject him to what our fans did to him. I don't think he deserves any treatment like that. What he deserves, if he gets it, is the strikeout record. But people who try to humiliate him--I don't get that."
"You notice guys who don't have a contract for next year didn't pour anything on the GM!"
"Go right now and pour a can of beer over your head--you deserve it."
"Do you miss a toothache?"
"I'm available because it's my job. I feel great, I'm healthy. I made a point to stick my head in there and tell him 'I told you I was all right.'"
"My philosophy on that is still under construction."
NL WEST QUOTE OFF
"That's from my pop-and-lock days, when I used to break-dance on a cardboard box in the mall. I've seen a lot of guys blow out on that rubber stuff. I was lucky because I slid. It was almost like being at Wet 'N Wild."
"With the momentum I had, I might have killed somebody in the dugout. I was lucky. Any more momentum, I would have hit my head on the bench. Any less momentum, I would have hit the steps. It was fun, though."
"I read 'Gandhi' years ago, and I need more of that Gandhi-type peace. I was really into it, and then those plays happened, and I forgot about Gandhi."
COME HERE, MY PEER, AND LET ME APPLY THE PRESSURE
"I don't think we have rampant drug use on our major league team."
"It's kind of disturbing if that's the case. I'm not against having fun. For me, it's having a few beers, if you're of age. You have to blow off steam somehow. But you'd think guys at this level would be completely focused on their careers."
"I personally was never into drugs. It's hard enough to play this game if your brain is normal. I don't know if it's a problem on this team. I hope to God it's not. If there's something going on, we need to correct it."
"It's not my first. Most of my day games end before 10."
"I would love to finish my career in Boston, but are you going to stay with a woman who isn't going to love you forever and lets you know it?"
"I've never seen Alex Cora say anything to anyone for two years. He's a winning baseball player. That's what Alex Cora is."
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