August 23, 2004
The Week in Quotes
"God willing, Bud's health will be good. His own interest may change.
But right now I'd say yes."
"In September 1992, I told my wife when I got on the plane, she
asked how long it would be, and I said, 'Two to four months'...It's got
to be the longest two to four months in history."
"I had a series of owners who asked me after that time not to close my
mind, and they were a little surprised that I had said that...Once they
have articulated that, I believe that my responsibility and my feeling
for the sport is such that I want to do what they think is in the best
interests of the sport...I finally felt it was the right thing to do."
"This sport was a dinosaur. It didn't change, and then when you tried
to change it, it obviously had a lot of critics...But the competition
among other forms of entertainment and other sports will just
intensify, and we have to be smart enough to always stay ahead of that
RIDE THE WAVE
"I think that was my first curtain call...It's been great. I'm loving
the moment. Like 15 minutes after the game, they're still cheering for
"He's amazing. That's the MVP right there...Nobody can get him out....
He's the MVP by far. It's easy. East Coast people won't see it, but
it's easy. Nobody is even close."
'HURRICANE' BOB HAZEL, v20.04
"One time he hit three home runs in this one game...He pulled one home
run in the upper deck of the stadium. And then he hit a ball to the zoo
which is about 800 feet away in center field. Then he hit an
opposite-field home run later in the game."
"I've always put up numbers my whole career but, being young, you have
a tendency to waste an at-bat. What I mean is you get two hits in your
first two at-bats and you end up giving up your last two."
"I finally came to the conclusion that I have four at-bats and I'm not
going to give one away. If I get four home runs, I'm going to try to
get them-put a good swing on them and see what happens."
"It's easy for me to sit here and say this now, but if you look back we
signed him because he has the ability to walk and the ability to hit
the ball out of ballpark."
OUT TO GET ME
"It's going to end up being six days, technically...They could have
told me Sunday, and I could have started [the suspension] Sunday. They
obviously wanted me to miss a start."
"I'm a little upset, but there is nothing I can do...I have seen a lot
worse get a lot less days as far as suspensions. If inciting the crowd
is the reason I got suspended, we should have been on the road, and
that wouldn't have happened. Then I probably wouldn't have gotten
"It seems like we are sort of victimized by having a lot of fans who
are into it a lot of times...My suspension earlier was basically
because I incited the crowd. What if you don't have a crowd? Then you
get a different suspension? I don't understand it."
"I'm a competitor. When you work almost three hours and feel like you
get screwed, it's human nature to be upset. But we have to be careful
going down the stretch. We need everybody from now on."
"You're two outs away from a W in a 10-2 game...In my opinion that's
common sense. I'm obviously not trying to throw at [Kent]. Calling
balls and strikes and safe and out aren't the only things these guys
have to be aware of. They have to know the game of baseball. And that's
not knowing the game of baseball."
"[Hohn] is set up over the catcher, and he realizes the catcher is
setting up away. I throw a two-seamer [fastball] that rides in, and
Kent is diving, like he's been doing all year. You're going to throw me
out of the game? I don't get it. You've got to know the game."
"I don't know where it says that a veteran player has to get worse as
he gets older...Vinny is showing what you can do with experience and
knowledge. It's a comfortable feeling knowing he's out there."
"It used to really (upset) me. I don't worry about it anymore...If that
were true, how did I hit 22 homers last year for Atlanta? This year I
have 12 homers on the road. I know I can hit."
"The wild card is the purgatory of the lost...It's a place souls go and
wait millions of years until redemption. We have had a tough time, but
there was always the possibility of the wild card. There are so many
teams in this purgatory."
"I never thought my last game would come unexpectedly, but it did. I
mean, I thought I'd outlast Syd Thrift, but I didn't."