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June 21, 2004

The Week in Quotes

June 15-21

by Ryan Wilkins

DIAL 'M' FOR JIMY

"We have tried almost everything-except firing the manager."
--Drayton McLane, Astros owner (Houston Chronicle)

"That was just a joke...It's absolutely not an issue. If we were winning, he'd be a great manager. We're not winning. We won in April, and certainly (there was) no criticism there. Now that we're not winning like we're capable of winning, everything can be second-guessed."
--McLane

"We certainly are looking at everything, but that is not anything I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that is being considered. Between Gerry and Tal and I, (firing Williams) has never been in any serious discussions."
--McLane

"From Sports Illustrated to the Houston Chronicle, people all over the country have said this is one of the best teams in baseball and possibly the best team in the National League...These are struggles that good teams go through at times. If you look at the Florida Marlins, they struggled at the first half of (last) season, and they really got it right and won the World Series going away. So there is certainly time. We still have about 100 games to play, and there is time for this."
--McLane

"I think sometimes decisions like that, I guess you get to a point when you have to think about them...The overwhelming majority of times when you make drastic changes like that, it doesn't get the desired result. I think that to think that you can trade somebody or fire somebody and all of a sudden have the clubhouse wake up and spur them on to new things or higher levels, I just don't really put a lot of stock in that particular argument."
--Gerry Hunsicker, Astros general manager (Houston Chronicle)

LET THE BIDDING BEGIN...

"There are four teams that we've identified that have the combination of the young catcher and third baseman we're looking for."
--Allard Baird, Royals general manager, on the prospect of trading center-fielder Carlos Beltran (ESPN.com)

"Those are our biggest areas of need. What we're doing is moving on to 2005. We'll put David DeJesus in center field. Our pitching should be coming along; Jimmy Gobble has been good, so has (Zack) Greinke, we'll have Runelvys Hernandez back for Opening Day (in 2005), Miguel Asencio in May (of '05). So we're hoping to get a third baseman who can play next year and a catcher who can break in with Benito Santiago. We'll see how it plays out with those four teams."
--Baird

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE

"Boston is too racist for me. I couldn't play there."
--Barry Bonds, Giants outfielder (Boston Globe)

"Only what guys have said...but that's been going on ever since my dad [Bobby] was playing baseball. I can't play like that. That's not for me, brother...It ain't changing," he said. "It ain't changing nowhere."
--Bonds

"Nothing, man...I'm black. They don't build stuff for blacks."
--Bonds, on whether a monument would ever get built in honor of his accomplishments

"All I want you to do when you write your story...is list all the white athletes that they say things about, and then list the black athletes that are talked about in a positive way."
--Bonds

"Ted Williams will always be positive. Babe Ruth will always be positive. They had a ceremony here at the World Series [a credit-card sponsored "most memorable moments," as chosen in fan balloting] and Willie Mays wasn't even in it. How can you not have one of the best baseball players to walk on the planet not there?...He was downstairs here, with me."
--Bonds

"How can 70 home runs [the number hit by Mark McGwire, the first player to reach that number] outdo 73? And don't blame 9-11 for nothing, dog. Don't try that. You know what I mean?"
--Bonds

WHAT YOU GET IS NO TOMORROW

"I ain't never played baseball for fame. I just play to play. I ain't never liked fame. I don't need that [expletive]. I don't need fame. Fame is taking care of your bills, your kids, and your household and having respect, that's about all. That's famous to me."
--Bonds

"I wasn't getting any of that stuff when I had six MVPs, five MVPs, four MVPs, three MVPs. Why would it be any different now?"
--Bonds, on his lack of product endorsements

"Sure, we make a lot of money. So? That's the only thing I do. If I could do something else better, I already would have done that. This was my skill."
--Bonds

THE REST

"For me, I was...I don't like a long, drawn-out 45-minute yelling session. That doesn't do much. But after that game, I felt some things needed to be said, and I said them."
--Bob Melvin, Mariners manager, on his tirade after last Thursday's loss (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

"I was thinking, what took him so long?"
--Eddie Guardado, Mariners reliever, on Melvins' tirade (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

"That's his game...I was talking to him today, and he's got to stay aggressive. When he tries to back off a little bit and get a really good pitch to hit, there's no chance for something spectacular to happen. If he's aggressive, gets his front foot down on time, good things will happen more often than not."
--Terry Crowley, Orioles hitting coach, on Miguel Tejada (Baltimore Sun)

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