October 11, 2004
The Week in Quotes
"I wasn't really thinking about hitting a home run...I wanted to at least get on base."
"We felt at that point we wanted to get Washburn in there. He was ready to go, but he just didn't get the pitch where he wanted."
"I guess Mike went through the book and was like, 'If I have a lefty ready in the bullpen and a left-handed hitter coming to the plate, definitely you've got to go lefty-lefty.' I think he made the right move."
"As great as Manny has been, D.O. has been just as good.... Nobody has two guys in the middle of order like we do, with all due respect to the Cardinals and Yankees."
"He has a knack for big hits...I'd like to tell you we saw that in him but we didn't. It's more a matter of having the right player with the right team at the right time. You can't measure those kinds of things."
RABBIT, COME OUT
"It doesn't get any better than this right here...I knew I was having a great game, but I didn't want to be too excited and get away from my game. I kept telling myself every batter, 'Jose, if you get this guy out, you will win the game.'"
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
"This is the way everybody drew it up in spring training.... Now everybody gets to see what it's all about. When Schilling went to the Red Sox and A-Rod came here, this is what everyone wanted to see. Now we're giving it to them."
"We know Boston and they know us as well as any other team.... It's going to be a great challenge and I've had a great appetite for this over the summer."
"This is what everyone wanted aside from the people here in Minnesota.... It doesn't get any better than going to Game Seven. It's pretty exciting. People really wanted to see it again. I think that's what people expected and now we have it."
"What has happened last year or 100 years ago really doesn't concern me...I just wanna win now...I'm not a math major, but I don't think any of them were around [in 1918]."
"[Friday] when I walked to the food room, I had a good feeling.... Most teams, they're watching Hoosiers. I walk in the food room and there's John Belushi smashing the guitar over somebody's head in "Animal House". They're right where they need to be."
"It's a carefree atmosphere...I think in situations like these, that's why we're so successful. There's not a lot of pressure on each other. I hate the word pressure. There's no pressure in the game of baseball. It's just fun. This is what the game is supposed to be like. The only pressure out there is the pressure you put on yourself."
ALREADY IN THE PAST
"I knew it was a double and saw Matsui kick it, and I was trying to take advantage and make something happen.... But that was not a bone-headed play. That was an aggressive play. Anybody says 'bone-headed,' they don't know how to play the game."
"Man, I felt like Ray Lewis hit me.... But I guess I can't ever be a (wide) receiver, because I couldn't hold on to the ball...But that's how I play. I'm not going to give you a hit; I'm not going to just give you a run. I don't care if the score's 7-1. I'm selfish that way."
"That is so bogus it makes me sick. That part is bogus. There are a couple of writers who are happy with what happened...I know I wasn't too tough. I know that for a fact. I was told to tone it down a little bit, which [was] for my own good. That was pretty good advice. But they weren't overdisciplined because I basically let them handle their own clubhouse. I didn't have any meetings. I didn't berate them. You've seen me the last two or three years. I haven't ripped anyone in the paper at all."
"If they want to make a change and think they can get where they want to go, that's fine. That happens in baseball all the time. The only thing I say is if you're going to make a change, you better win the division next year because we came in second. We came in second, and if you are going to make a change, you better take the next step and win the division."
"The philosophy here is, 'Don't sell the farm for two or three months.' My philosophy is, and I might have a different take if I was a general manager or farm director, my philosophy was, 'If you have a shot, roll the dice and go for it.'...I think the Phillies are conservative. You have to roll the dice and let the chips fall where they may. One player can mean the difference."
"Yeah, I'm not going to lie to you. Yeah, I think there are. My sense of urgency to win was probably wearing them down. If you've never won before, you don't know what you're missing. You don't know what it's like playing on an October night when it's chilly. You don't know if you've never been there. And there are some guys in that clubhouse who have never been there. So they don't know what they're missing. And they are missing a lot by not playing in October."