September 22, 2003
The Week in Quotes
"My curve was moving too much, and they weren't swinging at it... I did my best, and we did, too. We just need to come back and win."
THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'
"I knew in my heart I was doing the right thing... Look at what happened to the San Francisco Giants in 1993. They had a tremendous season, won 100 games. And didn't even get into the playoffs. That's just not fair."
"Look what happened last season with the Angels. They won 99 games and finished four behind Oakland. In the old days, the Angels wouldn't have qualified for the playoffs. But because of the wild card they did, and we all know what they did in the playoffs. You can't believe how many people came up to me during the World Series in Anaheim and said, 'Thanks, commissioner, for the wild card."
"This sport is having a tremendous renaissance at the moment. The other day I was honored at a dinner with the football commissioner, Paul Tagliabue, in Washington D.C. While George Will was introducing me, he said, 'People talk about the so-called Golden Era of baseball. Well, baseball is having its Golden Era right now."
"I think our future is bright... I know I'm proud of what's happening in our sport, and all the heartache, the criticism and the travail has been worth it. I think the All-Star game turned out to be a tremendous success, and Mike Scisocia managed it like he was in the World Series. After the game, Larry Lucchino (CEO of the Red Sox) e-mailed me and said, 'You're Harry Truman.' That really made me feel good.'"
A TRUE CUB
"For me to be up there, with (Williams and Banks), even without being in the Hall of Fame, I know the people in Chicago believe I belong in the Hall of Fame... And that's all that matters to me."
LIKE PAULA ABDUL JUDGING A SINGING COMPETITION
"He's got the best stuff, plain and simple... Although I wouldn't be surprised to see Loaiza get it if he wins 20 games and the White Sox win the division."
"They're two pitchers with good stuff who keep you off-balance... Halladay, though, is almost like Roger Clemens in that when he really needs to, he can pump it up a few more miles per hour."
"It's hard to get past the fact that he's the Blue Jays' stopper... You could make an argument that the White Sox have had a couple of other starters do well in Bartolo Colon and Mark Buehrle."
"The biggest reason would be the impact he's had on his club... I think Halladay is the better pitcher, but you have to look at what Loaiza's done for the White Sox and know they wouldn't be where they are without him."
"I don't like to give pitchers much credit, but he's really good... That ball jumps right on you... it's just on you before you know what's happening. Then he mixes in that great curveball and you're basically just up there guessing and hoping."
"They [the White Sox] say that we swing the bats aggressively. And they don't have to throw us strikes. Unfortunately, one thing we can do is read the papers."
"Terrible. Worst team I've ever seen in my life. That's what happens when you get (acting co-general managers) Brad Kullman and Leland Maddox running the team. They're freaking terrible... I would be pretty disturbed if I paid for season tickets and had to go watch a team like that play."
"I understand his frustration. It's been a frustrating experience for everyone. But every move we've made is an effort to maximize our ability to bounce back strongly next year."