June 16, 2003
The Week in Quotes
"You can't expect to no-hit a major league team, let alone the Yankees... Every now and then, one or two guys circled the wagons, but not six."
"What greater place can there be to do this? ...This place is the history book. It was nerve-wracking in the ninth after having to watch the other guys. But it is a great experience."
"I didn't notice the crowd because I couldn't hear myself over my heart... It was about to pound from my chest. Very rarely do you see a no-hitter, let alone be a part of one. ... This is as special as it gets for a reliever. The last ball... that's mine."
"It's not a good feeling, you got to remember this feeling... Right now, we're being kicked while we're down. My team has never been no-hit on any level. It's embarrassing. If you're not embarrassed by it, then there is something wrong with you. ... It can't get any worse than it was today."
"I was icing my shoulder after I came out and I looked at the television and said, 'Holy cow!' It was very exciting... It definitely makes my injury a little easier to swallow."
"You couldn't draw it up any better... It's very cool to get to the number that all you guys were talking about, a number not a lot of guys get to. It takes a lot of hard work to get to this point. I had to work very hard to get to this number."
"To give each guy a hug, it was tough not to tear up... I have a lot of people to thank and have been saving the articles so that I can pass that along--the respect I demand and have been afforded. I'm just so appreciative of all the things that have worked out for me."
"I told Roger after the game that I used to be popular here before all this 300-win stuff... There was no mistaking (the boos) for a nickname or anything, they were boos."
DOWN THE ROAD
"I play 20 years, work my tail off, they're not going to tell me what hat I'm wearing... I promise you that. There might be a vacant seat there. I'll take my mother and we'll go to Palm Springs and invite all y'all and we'll have our own celebration."
"Somebody told me there are a couple of guys who don't even have a hat on... But that would be disrespectful to what Mr. (George) Steinbrenner has given me: an opportunity to come here and continue my career, to be able to achieve these moments and become a Hall of Famer."
"I became a Hall of Famer here... If I'd have listened to people there [in Boston], then I'd have been done. Not people. One person that evaluated my skills and he didn't take the time to get to know me."
GETTING IT (OR NOT)
They don't preach 'get walks.' They preach, 'Get a good pitch to hit.' If you don't get a good pitch to hit, hopefully that means you're going to get a walk. But they don't come out and say you need to get walks."
"When we put Dunn there, Casey was the other guy I had in mind... I do like Dunn up there, but I figured I would try Casey there and see how much we like it. I look at on-base percentages, and those are similar between Casey and Dunn."
"Tino has a great understanding of the game and the way it's supposed to be played. I just see a guy who knows what it takes to get to the playoffs and the World Series. He's a guy who's going to win us ballgames. Not only does he know how, he's done it. He's played every day and won championships. That's different than sitting back and saying, 'I know what it takes.' I don't know. But Tino's got four rings."
"It's tough to send Johan Santana back to the bullpen... but we are a better team when we can use him four or five times a week instead of this one time a week when he starts."
"I told the players if they can win three games in a row at any time this year, I'll dye my hair any color they want... How about that one? I told them no purple. It's got to be a legitimate hair color."