October 27, 2003
The Week in Quotes
"Every situation that you can have in a postseason, me and Bernie have been through it... We've been in big games. We've won, we've lost. I think the experience helps in terms of keeping your emotions under control."
"I think it is a function of how many times I've been fortunate enough to be on a team to be in the postseason so many times."
"When it's [Series] over everybody'll know which way I'm going... I don't want to be misquoted. That man wrote a story that said I was never coming back. I never said nothing about retiring. He never said anything in his article about retiring. Everybody picked it up and ran [with it] and said I was retiring. That's bullcrap."
"We've got to stay tough. They ain't going to hand it to us... We came back on the Cubs, we've seen it, we've been on that side of it. We need to bear down and try to win that first game."
"We're a good team, that's why. We didn't get here because of any [expletive] billy goat. We didn't get here because of a [expletive] curse or a fan. We got here because we're good, that's why. We're [expletive] good. What makes us unafraid? You aren't afraid when you know you are good."
"I'm kind of numb. When I woke up, I had to slap myself in the face to realize we don't have a game today. It was kind of a shock, or aftershock."
"Zim's an emotional guy... I was hoping that he would do the same thing I'm doing: go home, think about it and let his mind clear up. But he seems to be dead set on what he wants to do."
"Of course I was disappointed. But we will be meeting soon to make whatever changes are needed to bring back a stronger, better team for New York and our fans. You can count on it."
"I like the running game, and that's what we've done here. In Cincinnati I couldn't do that because Griffey didn't like any distractions when he was batting. And whenever Larkin was on first base, he wouldn't run so as to open up the right side for his buddy."
"Seriously, what can Bobby (Cox) do with this lineup? You can't hit-and-run, you can't steal. What buttons do you want him to push when the team's constructed the way it is? When you're doing what you've got to do, it looks powerful, it looks great. But when you're not, it looks ugly. There's nothing in between."