July 26, 2004
The Week in Quotes
"There was a lot of residual passion...I haven't been involved with it
before, but I'm a part of it now."
"(Saturday) happened because we're competing. He's (Arroyo) not trying
to hit him (A-Rod) right there...That's just @#$% ridiculous. You don't
do that. We're down 3-0. A-Rod, I mean he got a hit the night before,
but it's not like he's been killing us. Not that you hit him anyway."
"The intensity and level of intensity between these two
teams-I've never seen it before...I've never been a part of
anything like this. Either stadium you're in, it's loud every inning,
every pitch, regardless of the score. We're playing some unbelievably
tight games anyway. So, you get 40,000 people with every pitch and
emotions run high."
"AND YOU KNEW WHERE YOU WERE THEN!/ GIRLS WERE GIRLS AND MEN WERE MEN!"
"Don't get me wrong, these guys today are as good as anybody...But how
many of them ever come in with guys on base? Let's see if they'd get
rattled when they face that first guy."
"I don't see today's relief pitchers getting respect [from Hall of Fame
voters] until the save rule is respected by the writers."
THE NEED FOR SPEED
"What respect does the old guy get? ...They should be comparing them to
us, not us to them. The jury is still out on if these guys could do
what we did. I don't think Eck resurrects his career if he had to do
what we had to do. He was older when he became a reliever. I don't know
if he could have handled the grind."
"We had jams to get out of...Now they bring guys in with two- and
three-run leads. We didn't pitch with three-run leads. We'd let other
guys get some work in. I'd come in and have to get strikeouts. Why?
Because I could. My strikeout totals weren't padded."
"I don't have to take a back seat to anybody...But when you hear about
the greatest relievers ever, well, do what I did and then compare. Do
what we used to do-Sutter and me and [Rollie]
"I think people have forgotten what we did. Don't get me wrong. These
guys are awesome with what they are doing...If I had been used like
they are used, it's hard to tell what my stats would be. I might still
"Guys like (Boston general manager) Theo Epstein and (Oakland GM) Billy
(Beane) and the guy in Toronto (Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi), they are
paper guys...They have never done it. They don't know what it takes to
be on the mound in the ninth inning. Billy (played), but he was never a
"I'd say the setup reliever has a tougher job than the closer now,
because they have to get out of the jams, but there is a little thing
about the psychological side of the last three outs. If you have a
Gagne or Rivera or Hoffman behind you, that's
a security blanket. When you are the closer, there's no net below."
PROBLEMS, REAL AND IMAGINED...
"It undermines what umpires are doing...They have a tough job. They do
it very well. I don't think anybody needs technological checks and
"Everyone who steps onto the field is accountable somehow. And if
QuesTec makes the umpires accountable and maybe corrects different
problems and helps them out in areas they need help, then I think it's
PIRATE QUOTES THAT DIDN'T REALLY FIT ANYWHERE ELSE
"What's he tired from? Think about it. He flew in Sunday, watched the
home run derby on Monday. That couldn't have been too exhausting, could
it? He played, what, four innings in the game and had Wednesday off. Go
ask [Jason] Kendall if he's tired."
"The ninth inning has ruined a lot of good men...That's why those guys
get paid a lot of money. You never know if you can do it until you do
"I am not a pitching coach; I am not a pitching guru. But when you go
120 pitches in four, five, six innings, you are not going to last too
long because you are going to wear out."
"It doesn't hurt or nothing. Just a big gash...It's frustrating. You
don't want to go on the DL for something stupid."