May 19, 2003
The Week in Quotes
"A.J. (Burnett) goes down with his elbow and has to have surgery. I guess there's nothing you could do about that."
LEADING THE WAY
"The first thing is I'm an American... I'm proud to be a Mexican-American, but as far as being the first minority, I think most of us are immigrants from some place, and I think we always try to do our best to be Americans."
"It's a learning process... I'm going to sit back and listen. I've been very successful by surrounding myself with good people and keeping those people in place."
"I thought it was the normal soreness that you can play with. When I tried to swing, it wasn't good... I just have to try to strengthen it. That's all I can do. Maybe drink some milk. I don't know."
"I've got to tighten my belt and say, 'Here it is, man. Be aggressive. Screw it. If you're going to go down, go down being aggressive. Don't go down being a girl.'"
SEVENTEEN INNINGS AND TWENTY-FOUR STRIKEOUTS
"That was two games, basically... I mean, I'm not really paying much attention to setting a record. Yeah, the strikeouts loom big, but Kerry Wood got a lot of them and they have a good bullpen... And it wasn't like they were throwing out a bunch of hits, either."
NOT GETTING IT DONE
"You don't get those tags off potential... You earn that distinction. This game isn't based on potential, it's based on results. There comes a time when you've got to go out and get it done."
"When you get a couple of runs, you've got to go back out and go 1-2-3 in the next inning... You've just gotten two runs off one of the best pitchers in the league (Roy Oswalt), you can't give those runs back."
"I've always been a guy who said that hitting solved all the world's problems. When you hit, there's no Middle East problem, there's no crime problem, the problems all disappear."
"Slugging percentage... I don't even know how to calculate that. That's not important to me. I just do what I do."
"In my mind and in my body I can be an everyday player for a long time, and I know I'm not going to be an everyday player here... So hopefully they'll trade me and let me go somewhere else where I can play every day."