August 4, 2003
The Week in Quotes
July 28-August 3
"This was an opportunity we could not pass up... Anytime you can add a player of Raul Mondesi's caliber for the stretch run, you make that deal. Raul has been one of the most coveted players on the market and we're thrilled to have him."
"We know the Yankees have a great ballclub--not a good ballclub, a great ballclub... And we knew they were going to take steps and we didn't want to sit around and wait."
"It's phenomenal... I think Theo Epstein has done the best job of any general manager this year. He's done a great job of bringing in baseball players."
"We feel very good about him... He's a top of the lineup-type hitter who can do very well offensively or defensively."
"It sounds like it's a repeat of the '50s where the Yankees used to go to the Kansas City A's and take their players and give them money so they could survive."
"They got money. We don't have the ability to throw a million dollars at someone just to get a player that we like... Those people have bigger budgets than us and unlimited resources in a lot of ways, and I think they will always have the upper hand.
"That's why for us the most important thing has to be player development and scouting. That's why organizations like ours, and where we are at, it's going to take a little longer to turn things around because you have to rely on your younger players coming through your system."
"When I signed here, I thought we'd make a hard turn toward improvement. Obviously, we're in a very tough division. I want what's best for Mr. Hicks, if it were down to the Rangers improving or me being happy."
"It's hard for me to respond... Alex is a foundation piece. It would be unfair for me to comment on that at this moment. At this juncture right now, we're not even thinking about that."
"It's just something that, being my third year here, you want to see improvement, and I don't know if we have improved over three years... It may be a year or two down the road. And obviously, I don't want to be the one that handicaps this team."
"I mean, there's no question that Zito has pitched better than his record indicates. That's why sometimes you've got to look deeper into numbers and look at the rest of his numbers. They're not much different than what he had last year."
"I was just trying to have good at-bats like the guys in front of me... I was just trying to drive some runs in. I was fortunate to get some balls up in the air and they carried out. I was just trying to hit line drives, but tonight they went out."