April 21, 2003
The Week in Quotes
April 14-20, 2003PICKING UP THE PIECES
"Astrologically, it just wasn't supposed to be today."
"Why are you guys making a big deal about it? Holy cow! ...If me and Maddux have a bad game, we're over the hill. Someone that's seven years younger, that's just a bad start, like Pedro or Barry Zito."
"I haven't had a bad year in 10 years... Am I not entitled to have a couple of bad games? I've always said that. I have what, 31 more starts? How many games did I lose last year? Obviously, I'm losing more quicker than I did last year, but what's to say that all of a sudden I can't rattle off 10? So let's not make more out of it than what it is."
"I don't turn water into wine."
"(Bleep) him... That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard."
WHEN I'M SIXTY-FOUR
"The 70-year old man is out there stealing bases... The guy takes Geritol, and he's running all over."
"I know how Gardy (manager Ron Gardenhire) gave him the steal sign. He sent it through their pacemakers."
"Used to be people would just run out on the field. We always looked forward to Morganna and hoping it was your lucky night."
"I'm a victim of the changes that they have to make... A change was needed, and I'm sure about that."
"There's always been this thing that you can't pitch at Coors Field... Other pitchers come in here and pitch well here, so there is no reason why our staff can't do well here."
"One thing I've learned here from managing a short number of games is you take your heart out before the game, you put it in your locker and you put it back in after the game."
"I was the first person to ask myself that... How in the world could you trade Millwood to a contender in your very own division?!"
"Name any team in baseball, any team, and I can tell you I talked to them... The Phillies were one team that had money. And if we're going to have to move the contract, via a trade or non-tender or release, isn't it reasonable to think that you should get something back?"
"To say we traded Kevin Millwood to get Johnny Estrada is absolute misinformation... That's inaccurate, and it's incorrect."
"What we did was trade Kevin Millwood to the one team that would take his contract."
"I went through my two days of whining after we traded Millwood," he said. "It was a baseball economics decision. Baseball artistry and baseball economics don't always go side-by-side, and while it was uncomfortable and unpleasant for me to trade a pitcher like Kevin to our No. 1 rival, they were the only team interested."
"I don't play this new style of baseball... I still believe in the old ways, settling scores for teams and stuff like that."
"I think that's how baseball should be played."
"Daddy, tell the guys to keep their eyes on the ball. They're missing the ball too much."
"I'm trying to work on my tan and my beach muscles, since I can't do anything else... When I do come back, I'll be bigger and tanner."
"They're idiots... They don't have to stand in there and hit. I think the ad was stupid."