October 13, 2003
The Week in Quotes
September 23-October 12THERE'S NO LOVE LOST...
"I'm embarrassed for what happened last night... I'm embarrassed for the
Yankees, the Red Sox, the fans, the umpires and my family."
"I think when this series began everyone knew it was going to be a battle,
it was going to be emotional, a lot of intensity... I think we've upgraded
it from a battle to a war."
THE SCIENCE OF THINGS
"They have a pretty good team, but you got to think about the fact that
they are a team that recruited players from different teams during the
season. It's not like this team that has been together since Day 1. There's
no way they can beat us as united as we are. Our chemistry is totally
different than theirs. There's no doubt they have a great team. Their
pitching speaks for itself. But it's all about teamwork."
"I think character is important, but you still have to score runs. You
still have to pitch and you still have to make plays... You can have all
the character you want, but if you don't do those things you're not going
"I was listening to David Justice on TV last night... and he said the key
to pinch hitting is being ready to swing early in the count. I put that
thought in my head."
WALK THIS WAY
"I believe that all teams fell into a pattern, or sort of a compromising
written rule, that they were not going to pitch to him. I know a lot of
times it hurt because the majority of the time he wound up scoring, which
is the same thing as if he hit a home run."
STAND PAT STEPS DOWN
"We wanted Pat to stay on board as our general manager, but we respect his
decision to step back and serve as a consultant... We are pleased he will
still be connected with the organization."
"After much thought I've decided to step away from my current role with the
Mariners... I've had four chances at the brass ring here and think maybe
it's time for someone else to take a shot at taking this team to a higher
"It's difficult year after year to watch this team never make moves to
better themselves... I have never seen an impact player come to this team
nor have I ever seen them try to go out and get one. Every year it's 'we
tried to make moves,' but other teams seem to do it. It's disappointing."
"We're not the worst team in baseball, no matter what... We're going to
have a better winning percentage than the Mets, and we won't beat their
record. You've got to compare apples with apples, not apples with oranges,
OK? They played 160 games and we'll play 162."
"We're not going to worry about what people say about our record... We got
it together down the stretch and played some top-notch baseball. I'm
leaving here happy. The only sad thing is we finally got rolling as a team
and now we are breaking up for the winter."
"He overreacted a lot. I don't know if he was trying to pull a Boston Red
Sox-Yankee thing... It was pretty ignorant. I'm not trying to hit him."
"I'm excited about where we finished... This was a team that was in
question when we began the season. Both St. Louis and Chicago spent a lot
of money in this offseason, and we'll finish ahead of St. Louis and just
behind the Cubs."
"Baseball is littered with the carcasses of managers who are too intense or
too hands-on or who micromanage too much, and Grady has a real good touch
to manage over the course of 162 games."
"Look, everyone has a history... The last thing on our minds out there was
history. We have a history. They have a history. It doesn't make a
difference. We played hard. We never rolled up and gave up. We just came up
short and came up short again, and just couldn't pull it out."