June 9, 2003
The Week in Quotes
"He'd have three dozen right around his locker that he used to prepare every day. We'd go down to the cage, and I'd look at his bats and pick them up. They were always brand new because he switched bats all of the time."
EXHIBIT A, THE FACTS
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
"Katy Feeney makes the schedule, and she has never been a favorite of mine or a favorite of the Yankees... We play Cincinnati, which is a fine, fine ballclub; they're going to be in the middle of it. Then we play the Cubs."
"Now who is the other guy playing? They're playing against Milwaukee. Now what's right about that? They're playing Pittsburgh and Milwaukee while we're playing Cincinnati and the Cubs. I think they got the best of that deal."
"Bud Selig told me personally that he was overseeing the schedule, and that he'll see to it that it's fine. I used to be for it, but I'm not for it anymore. It's too easy for discrepancies."
THAT TEAM UP NORTH
"I didn't have any idea how talented this team was until I got here... I was impressed by all the talent, especially all the young talent that's here. That's very conducive to building a winning team."
OUR TYPE OF BALLPLAYER
"If you don't have guys in the lineup who make the pitcher work, the pitcher can get away with a lot... Nothing's better to me than if a guy has an eight- or nine-pitch at-bat and draws a walk. The next guy coming up is going to get a good pitch to hit. To me, that's when damage happens."
"Yeah, we were kind of all in shock. Kerry Wood and I were actually more worried about what vintage cork he had in his bat. Was he using a '93 Cabernet, or if he had a little bit of newer stuff in there? We were predicting he had like a '93-'94 Cabernet cork in there, but we couldn't get the bat to really find out."
"It's definitely a good feeling not to get swept by a team that you're basically battling for the worst record in baseball."
"All we're interested in is runs allowed... We held a meeting the first day of spring training and I told everyone that we're going to run an excuse-free staff... accept responsibility for what happens on your watch. There are no earned runs, just runs."
"The whole series was a slugfest and obviously I didn't do what I wanted to do today... I wanted to go at least seven and give the bullpen a little break. From the very beginning I didn't have good stuff. But I'm not going to apologize for getting the win."