October 20, 2003
The Week in Quotes
"I timed it perfectly. I jumped perfectly... I kept my eyes on the ball, and all of a sudden there's a hand on my glove, there's a hand right on top of the ball."
"The ball was in the stands... Whether Alou could have caught it or not is questionable, but the ball was in the stands. And when the ball is in the stands, the fans have a right to catch it."
"If you parallel that into environmental terms... it's sort of like we've been in the Sahara and the Gobi Deserts. It's like we've been living in the Sahara and vacationing in the Gobi. That's a lot of time in the desert. So our thirst level is off the charts. We're tired of seeing the mirages. We need to make it into some sort of reality. But there's still a lot of desert to traverse-and the camels don't move too quickly."
NOT EXACTLY PATTON...
"If people want to judge Grady Little on the results of a decision I made in that last game the other day, so be it... In my heart, I know we had a great season here."
"I'm thankful that it's me instead of one of my players... If we don't win the World Series, which is the definition of winning here, somebody's got to be that man and I'm just glad it's me instead."
"Pedro was throwing as well in that seventh and eighth inning as he had the whole game... When he gets into a jam, he's the one I want out there trying to get out of that jam more than anyone else, as long as he's got enough left in his arm."
OTHER, RANDOM YANKEE MUSINGS
"But this is one a------ they don't have to worry about being fired. He don't have to worry about that 'cause I won't be back. I'm a human being and I ain't been treated like one in 11 months."
"I don't bear all the responsibility... I can only control 60 feet, six inches, the other stuff has to be attended to by other people, not me."
"Obviously I'll think about it overnight, he's been so important to us in the three years that he's been here, I'm reluctant to think that way."
"I just don't see us winning a championship with me in the closing role, but other people do... No doubt it's tougher on my elbow to do what I was doing as a closer, at the rate I was doing it. I think starting is a lot easier on my elbow."
"Obviously, Terrence is personally frustrated with a disappointing season... Terrence is accountable for his own performance. Maybe what's needed here is a mirror. I think his comments are way off base."