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July 28, 2003
The Week in Quotes
July 21-27THE FIRST OF MANY
"He was terrific... He needs to work on a couple of things. He was tipping his pitches a little bit, and I think they picked that up in the first inning. But his stuff was so good it really didn't matter."
ON THE BLOCK
"I'm not surprised after what's happened... A lot more guys are going to leave. I'm just glad I'm going to a good team."
It seems like every year at this point I hear stuff like this, so I've really become accustomed to dealing with it. Sometimes you get traded, sometimes you don't. I mean, obviously, I want to stay here and I want to win, which is something I think this club is capable of doing."
TWENTY YEARS LATER...
"I have that bat I used for the 3,000th hit on a wall in my basement and I guarantee you it has far more pine tar on it than the one I got called out for. The 3,000th-hit bat is ugly. It's a mess. Pine tar all the way up it."
"I understood that there was a time when you didn't want pine tar on the balls because you'd have to throw the balls out all the time. It was kind of a financial thing for baseball in the old days. But when the incident happened, it's not like the game couldn't afford new balls."
"I could have prevented the whole thing if I'd just grabbed the bat and got rid of it... I could sense something was up, but I didn't react. If I had reacted, nothing ever would have happened. No case."
"I remember walking into Office Depot one time and the guy waiting on me said, 'Oh, sorry, I think we're out of pine tar' ...Or if I go golfing at some charity event, someone will always say, 'Hey, don't be loading up on the pine tar on that driver.' There's usually about nine guys who say that and think they're the first ones who've ever thought about it."
"I wish I'd told him I'm a whole-year player because maybe I would have done better in the first half."
"(QuesTec) has taken away from the game... I don't think they should have machines at all. It's a game played by men and judged by men. That's the human element."