October 7, 2002
The Week in Quotes
September 30-October 6
YEAR OF THE DOG (TWINS)
"In the offseason when (the contraction) happened, we were kind of down about it, but we stayed strong and it's a strong baseball team. We don't really think about that."
"So much for pitching and defense."
We've had guys go to the Astrodome, where they don't even play games anymore. We've had guys go to Shea Stadium when we were playing at Yankee Stadium. You realize we haven't got the smartest group of guys."
"I don't feel guilty about anything. Why should I? If you had to pay the bills and they were $15 million to $20 million a year, you would make the same decision, too."
YEAR OF THE DOG (ANGELS)
"Nobody wanted to make the last out. Next thing you knew, it was eight runs later."
"If they play like that. I don't see anyone beating them... No team has ever played better against us than that team has."
"I can't see a damn thing. Wow, I cannot see. Wow, this hurts. I mean, I can't see anything."
YEAR OF THE DOG (CARDINALS)
"We really wanted to try to win it and get some rest before the next round. We didn't want to face Randy and Curt, we wanted to get it over with."
"The history of the game has shown that we can't always count on offense. I don't care how good guys have been during the regular season, how dangerous they are and highly thought of they are. In the postseason, because of the tremendous amount of advance scouting, picking a guy or two in the lineup that you're not going to let beat you, if you can nullify some of that offense, the key is the plays defensively."
LAST WEEK OF REGULAR SEASON
"The plan if he was under .300 was to walk him, and I didn't follow through. I'm catching hell from everybody. [...] It was just a great piece of hitting, and Eric Byrnes was playing 'no-singles.' But that's OK."
"It shows what kind of player he is, all about himself. I guarantee you if Pedro hadn't won his 20th game, he would have made his last start. That shows his true colors coming through. "
"Barry goes out and gets the job done. Hands down, he should be the Cy Young winner. Barry's doing what he's paid to do. It's his job, race or no race. This doesn't say a lot for Pedro's character."
"That may been the best thing that we did all year. Having him away from the club allowed everybody else to grow."
"You can spend a lot of time talking about offense - it kind of captures the headlines - but look at Atlanta. Their offense is in the middle of the pack, but when you see those playoff games, the difference is not in the offense, it's in the pitching."
"Fred said he hadn't told anyone about this decision. So I said, 'Then how did everyone know not to attend this staff meeting?' He didn't answer me."
"I think the compatibility of what Jeff Pentland brings and what we want--running deep counts, getting in good offensive counts, getting walks--his record speaks for itself."