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October 28, 2002
The Week in Quotes
BEFORE THE SERIES
"What we don't want to do is distract from the game coverage. We'll do it judiciously when we can."
"If we can hold Barry to a solo home run every game, we'll be okay."
"I don't want to spend the Angels' money, but maybe next year they can change it."
"It doesn't seem like the World Series, because I'm not home watching it on TV."
"I could imagine it in my dreams, but I never thought I'd do it until now. It helped take the tension down a little bit for us, but games aren't won in the first or second inning. They're won in the ninth inning."
"This obviously isn't a blueprint, to go out and lose Game 1."
"Luckily, I fell on my backside and was able to keep my concentration."
"That was the farthest ball I've ever seen hit in this ballpark, for sure."
"When you're from Cuba and you have to pitch to survive and feed your family, then you're going to have a tendency to be good in big games."
"I'm not going to say I'm surprised because I think if we can keep pressuring clubs the way we've been doing all year and in the playoffs, you have the potential to do something like we did tonight."
"He's awfully big, isn't he? He hits 'em a lot further than I did, but I could out-run him and out-throw him."
"I hit 'em off (Warren) Spahn, (Lew) Burdette and Don McMahon, and that's pretty good that I even remember. Hell, I'm 80 years old!"
"You're just trying to get to a young pitcher, maybe knock him off his pedestal. He's had a clean playoff slate, and we were hoping to dirty it a little bit."
"When I hit into the second double play, I didn't even want to go back to the dugout. I felt like jumping into the stands and sitting with the fans."
"I reached down. Luckily, I grabbed him by the collar. His eyes were huge. I don't think he knew what was going on. He's our good-luck charm. We can't have him going down. We need him as much as we need any of our players."
"As I saw the play unfold, I was thinking of what my mom told me, 'He shouldn't be out there, he's going to get hurt.' I said, 'Mom, I know what I'm doing.' First call I got in the clubhouse was my mom to tell me, 'I know you listen to me sometimes, just listen to me this time.'"
"The commissioner's office has informed the Devil Rays and other clubs that there will be no comments on any subject until the World Series is completed"
"I knew this team--all it needs is a little spark. To have the fans behind you, they never gave up. If it takes the Rally Monkey to get them going a little bit more, we love it."
"That thing was showing again, wasn't it? It's crazy, but whatever works for them. I mean, who knows if they believe in it, or whatever? But the fans surely get riled up."
"I saw it. I can understand it. When you're up 5-0 with that bullpen, he was probably thinking that when [Ortiz] wins it, it would be nice to have the ball. But, yeah, some guys talked about that."
"I don't care what [the Angels] like. You know what I'm saying? That wasn't intended for them at all. That was intended as a gesture straight to Russ Ortiz, a gesture of appreciation, of 'thank you' to Russ. It had nothing to do with the Angels. Nobody should flatter themselves they were in this situation. If they took it the wrong way, I'm sorry. But I'm not sorry that I gave Russ the ball."
"It wasn't long ago I was in the minor leagues and I just wanted to step up and help these guys out."
"You have to look at what he's all about. This guy is not going to rattle, he's not going to be intimidated. ... He did everything we could have asked of him. What a job."
GENERAL SERIES COMMENTARY
"My little boy's been asking me why I'm not playing so much. I told him, `Daddy's not a shortstop anymore. He's not an outfielder. He's a teammate.'"
"They're a National League team, but they're not like anyone we saw this year. That's pretty weird, when you think about it."
"The thing I love is how Scioscia plays the game. He has your defense on its toes because whether they're up or down he's hitting and running, moving runners, bunting. As a defensive player I know the chaos that causes. I hope that shines a light for this organization. To just play 90-foot baseball and then wait for a home run--that's a lot of pressure to put on a young team and young pitchers. Putting pressure on a defense doesn't take ability, it just takes management to make it go forward."
"He hit four or five balls over the right-field fence and said, 'What do you think of that?' I said, 'That was good, but now let's see you hit one over the left-field fence, or left-center.' He went out and hit another four or five over the left-field fence. I made up my mind that night I was going to take him to the big leagues."
"It was a very easy decision. I couldn't have sweated less over it. I like the team; we have a home in the city; my family knows the area. We like it there, like the coaches, and the fans have always treated us well."
"I'll go home and break some stuff, whatever is in the way, and get over it... It will haunt me for awhile but I'll get over it. I'm not going to do no Donnie Moore or something because of it."
"Of course, it's not done yet. But if it happens, I'll be a little sad. At the same time we can't worry about it. We have business to take care of. If Lou shows up across the field some day, we'll just have to kick his butt, too."
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