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June 28, 2004
The Week in Quotes
June 22-28"THIS IS LIKE DISCOVERING PLUTONIUM ... BY ACCIDENT!"
"This is obviously huge for our organization. Carlos Beltran is one of
the most exciting, complete players in our game today...He's the
prototype we've been looking for for a long time. He's going to be a
very exciting force for us in the middle of our lineup."
"When you have a chance to get an All-Star like Beltran, you do it,
then you worry about filling in holes. He significantly makes us
better, he is an impact player and will have an effect on our
"It was obvious we were not going to be able to sign Carlos. But I
think we've helped this club and gotten some players that should have
very productive major league careers...I'm going to bring Buck and Wood
to the majors right away."
"At the time I went to bed it didn't look like this would get
done...There were other possibilities. To Gerry's credit, he said, 'We
have worked so hard on this one. It would be a shame if we don't get it
"We had two starters on this team say that the bullpen needs to step it
up...You shouldn't say that. You shouldn't say that. If we lose as a
team, we all lose. If we win as a team, we all win. You can't have two
starters saying that."
"They'll get a good pitcher. Freddy came into spring training very,
very focused. He has maintained his focus under a very, very tough
situation. There were a lot of rumors. He's dealt with those well."
"Ultimately, the decision I had to make was were we better positioned
with Freddy Garcia on our roster or Miguel Olivo on our roster, and not
just this year but hopefully for future years, as we have every
intention of trying to sign Freddy to a long-term deal."
SOMEONE UP THERE DOESN'T LIKE ME
"I think that since the days of Jackie Robinson, nothing much has
changed. I know there are a lot of other black pitchers who can pitch
in the majors. I've seen them in the minors. Turn on the TV and when
you don't see that many black pitchers, you wonder what is going on. My
numbers are better than a lot of guys in the big leagues and some are
making four to five million."
"I know I didn't get released because I stink. I didn't get released
because I was being hit all over the park, but because of politics.
I've done it and proved I can pitch in the majors so this shows me I am
being blackballed or someone doesn't like me."
THE ETERNAL DEBATE
"Each pitcher is different...I believe that there cannot be a universal
theory on how many pitches guys can throw each game or each year. Some
can handle more than others, plain and simple. I don't think that in
the big leagues, letting a guy throw a lot of pitches can be linked
"Hey, I understand the money, but I'm retro...I was watching the A's
game at Chicago last Saturday on TV, and I couldn't believe that (Mark)
Mulder came out after eight innings."
"That celebration is just the ultimate celebration you can have in
baseball...I can only imagine how it would feel to win a World Series."
"In modern-day baseball, on-base percentage is the thing...And if you
look at his on-base percentage, he's just been incredible over his
entire career...The way he works pitchers, it seems like every at-bat,
the count is 3-and-2. Bernie's long at-bats really set the tone for our
"It's hard for me to focus at times and keep myself motivated...I've
got only 39 RBIs right now because I never get to swing the bat. And
when I do swing it's hard to stay sharp. It's gotten ridiculous."