June 23, 2003
The Week in Quotes
June 16-22TAKING STOCK
"We don't want to jeopardize our future. You can't base everything on this year. That's the difference between big-market and small-market teams. Big-market teams have the luxury of making a lot of short-term decisions."
"I can't say I'm overly concerned about anything. I think the concerns are short-term. We have been inconsistent offensively. I don't think Miguel (Tejada), Jermaine (Dye) and Eric Chavez are going to hit what they did in the first couple months... That's the great thing about baseball. It's the Belmont. It's the longest race. It's hard to sprint yourself to a first-place finish. It's too long."
THE ANTHONY YOUNG EXPERIENCE
"It's getting pretty hard not to think about it... I keep telling myself, 'At least I'm pitching pretty well.' Yeah, it does get in the back of your mind."
"At the beginning, it was very tough for me to see all the things that they put (in the media) about me because of a simple mistake... I mean, it was a mistake. I haven't killed anybody. They got me up there like I'm a criminal."
"To me, it's a dead issue... He served his time. There's no need to dwell on it. I said all I need to say about it right after it happened. Some people believe him, some people don't. I'm not going to say what I believe."
"If you look at the college scores, with those aluminum bats, you know that no matter how good a pitcher is, he's going to know what it feels like to back up third (as hitters string hits together)... Pitchers learn that they're going to give up runs, so they have to be able to shrug that off. That's a very important lesson. If you look at our pitchers, you'll see that they're able to put a bad game behind them when they take the mound the next time."
"A good high school pitcher has probably never been in a situation where he's been hit hard. A lot of them, when they're pitching in the minors and run into trouble, they can't handle that."
"It's not that we insist our pitchers always throw the same way... If you look at Hudson, Mulder and Zito, you'll see that they all have different motions. But their basics are all the same. It's like high performance cars. On the outside, they may have very different styles, but under the hood, it's all the same basic stuff."
"I've never kept detailed notebooks of how pitchers throw me because I can remember exactly how Graves pitched me even when he was at the University of Miami... I'm not Rain Man, but I know if a guy has thrown a first-pitch strike on a curve seven out of the eight last times with a runner on second."
"We threw a one-hitter at them last night, they threw a one-hitter at us tonight. It just goes to show you can't win too many games with one hit."