July 14, 2003
The Week in Quotes
"That wasn't my intention in my heart for that to
happen... I was just trying to get a tap at the costume and for her to
finish the race."
"We figured something was going to happen when Bud
Selig talks about it on 'SportsCenter'... Three games is not unreasonable.
We just want him to serve it and get back as soon as possible."
"I'm certainly not happy with the suspension... We are
playing a first-place club. We've gotten ourselves back into the race. I
would like to have my first baseman in there against this team."
THIS TIME IT COUNTS!
"It's a publicity deal... He's just trying to cover
his (rear end) for what happened last year."
"I don't like this so-called solution at all...
Home-field advantage in the World Series is too significant to attach to a
midseason game played by guys from every team, most of whom won't be
playing in October."
"It's not about the money. I don't need that... I
just need to get a treadmill so I can stay in shape. I'll be one of those
fat asses if I don't keep myself running or something. That DH can make
you lazy. "
A MAN NAMED JAMIE
"The guy is tough... He throws at 80 mph, then a
70-mph changeup. How are you going to stay up with this guy? Every pitch
he throws is tough."
It's not my decision, but there's a strong argument
for him to start, numbers-wise... He's kind of a sentimental favorite
because he's been around longer than some of the other guys."
outstanding student of the game, with an incredible understanding of his
own abilities. He doesn't try to pitch outside of his strengths... He's
willing to throw any of his pitches to either side of the plate in any
situation... It takes a lot of guile and confidence to do that because
he's facing some very good hitters in the American League."
THE FIRST TIMERS
"It's like it's taboo or something, that you
shouldn't be doing this... I still have the ability and desire, so why
not? Just because your birth certificate says you were born in 1962, it
doesn't mean you're finished."
"It's my first year. It's all happening so fast and
I'm just trying to stay as level-headed as I can about it... An All-Star
is an All-Star. They're not going to put, 'he was the last man added.' I
could care less if it was at the last minute. I thought they were joking
and then I almost started just crying because I was so overwhelmed and
everyone was so happy for me and that meant a lot."
"I don't feel like I need to go redeem myself in
Chicago...I don't need to go back and show anybody up. Whatever happened,
happened. I don't miss Chicago, I don't think about Chicago. I definitely
got the better end of the deal."
"We have a number of relievers here getting deep with
more appearances... We have to get more careful with them. Jerome has a
nice, smooth delivery. I believe on any given day he can throw 120 to 130
pitches, but not every time out like a more mature arm, like Jason
"I'm getting older. As you get older, you do this
(cry) more... winning is very emotional to me. If it isn't, you're losing
the meaning of what winning is about. These games were very important to
(Black players') skin color is more conducive to heat
than it is for lighter skin people, right? You don't see brothers running
around burnt. Yeah, that's fact. I'm not making this stuff up. Right? You
don't see some brothers walking around with white stuff [sun block] on
their ears and noses.