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May 10, 2004
The Week in Quotes
April 26-May 9WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY
"Some will say this reinforces the convergence of sports and
entertainment, while others will suggest the only thing converging is
YOU DO YOUR JOB, I'LL DO MINE...
"What the [bleep] are you asking me for? I don't care... Our job is to
play ball, not to worry about what add is on the billboard. I don't
care. They can have [bleepin'] dog-poo as bases so I have to step in
[bleep] as far as I'm concerned. What the hell."
THE PEDRO FUND
"How long is [Pedro] planning to stay, three years? ...I'll loan them a
contract. Whatever they want. How much do they need? It's for Pedro."
"I am serious... I want Pedro to stay. Pedro's the heart of the team.
He's been here so long. I think it's going to be a sad moment to see
him leave. That's why I said what I did. It's really no problem for me.
Hey, how much money do I need?"
"I'm just glad that I don't get paid to make those decisions... He's
one of the great pitchers of his generation and it'll be interesting to
see where he ends up next year."
"It's no big deal because a lot of people bat right-handed against
right- handers. I just have to make the adjustment, but don't hang a
curveball. If you hang a curveball, you're going to pay."
"Neifi is some kind of hitter from the right side... There was still
some of us begging him to bat right-handed only, during the game. But
we know he's not going to change that. We were kidding him."
"To be honest, I did a lot of thinking in the offseason about how I
could improve, especially in situations like that... I was too excited
in the past when guys got on base."
"Barry makes it look easy. He got better with age. I'm trying to do
that. I used to think walks were a joke. I didn't understand how
important they were to on-base percentage, batting average, and how
important it was to see a lot of pitches. I'm starting to grasp the
THE STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
"They jumped out because of the four-hour plane trip... You get bored.
I don't look at them every day. You see it with your eyes, but then you
get on the airplane and you look at it and... oh."
"We signed these guys to play... They're all established players with
the exception of Marlon [Byrd]. The other guys are established
big-leaguers. They all have pretty good numbers in their career. You've
got to hope that they respond and start to hit. Because that's
embarrassing. It's embarrassing. We're first in pitching and we're two
games under .500. That's a miracle."
"When you're not hitting, it doesn't matter if nobody is on base or if
the bases are loaded... I don't think we're pressing with runners in
scoring position. We've been there before. If anything, we might be
pressing to get hits. It doesn't matter if there are runners on base or
nobody on. If you're not swinging the bat well, you're not going to get
a hit regardless of the situation."
"I'm happy with where we are," Bowa said. "Three games out of first
place doing that? I really am happy, because it could be a lot worse.
Because unless all these guys are going to have bad years, you know
they're going to do what they're supposed to do. You just don't want
them to go bad at one time."
SELLING THE GAME
"I think one of the biggest problems is baseball is one of the most
difficult sports to play. In basketball, you can be a good shooter and
be a good player. In football, you can just run or block. In soccer,
you can be good if you can kick. There are so many things to master in
baseball, and kids just don't want to spend the time at it."
"It can change, just like it changed for the worse... But it's not
going to happen overnight, and we need to take a more active role in
getting involved, particularly on the financial side."
"He's had success against me? You must be smoking Kool-Aid... What
success have you been reading? I don't fear no pitcher, dog."
"I want to keep you guys in a job. I don't want you guys to lose your
jobs... Shoot, when I retire SportsCenter's going to just (have intro
music)... that's it. Nothing else. You're not going to have [bleep] to
write about. Y'all are going to lose your jobs when I leave."
"You got a crystal ball up your rear end? Nobody knows what's going to
happen, dude. You can't predict the future. If you could, I would've
won a ton of money on the Marlins."
"We finally got sick of seeing our games being lost by our 11th or 12th
best pitcher in some matchup situation... Too often, we never even got
the game into the hands of our closer because we'd lost somewhere along
the way with one of our worst pitchers. Now, we usually only warm up
one reliever, then we bring him in--our Next Best
Pitcher--regardless of who is hitting."