February 7, 2005
The Week in Quotes
January 31-February 6
"It's a great place for me to come here and win the crowd like I'm going to do and be happy again. I like the situation in Baltimore. They have a great ballpark. I think I'll be perfect here."
"I loved the people in Chicago. Chicago was the place I wanted to be all my life. I wanted to finish my career there. I'll always keep Chicago in the bottom of my heart because they gave me an opportunity. All those beautiful fans, everybody in general was great to me. I don't have anything bad to say about Chicago."
"[Sosa] feels fabulous about the situation. There are not a lot of places he was willing to go, and [Baltimore] is his first choice, second choice and third choice."
"It's a nice bump, especially this time of the year. Tickets went on sale at SoxFest, and for premier games [Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers], those have been moving well. The Baltimore series, there wasn't a ton of activity."
FEB. 7TH, RESTATE MY ASSUMPTIONS: 1.) DON'T COUNT ON JEROMY BURNITZ, 2.) WE'RE COUNTING ON JEROMY BURNITZ
"I'm going to really go all out with the team attitude. I think it all is going to revolve around what we do as a team. Of course the fans are going to love me. They don't even care if you strike out if the team's winning. And that's basically the attitude I'm going to have. If the team's doing well, let's face it, the fans are going to love me and probably every other guy on the squad, more than they already do."
"I've seen him very good, and I've seen him not so good. Our goal is to keep him where he's very good. This guy has had some mega-years, and last year he appeared to be back on the right track."
"I know one thing--we're better already if we're healthy. With a healthy [Mark] Prior and LaTroy [Hawkins] in the league another year, a full year with Nomar [Garciaparra] and [Ryan] Dempster. … [But] it's going to be a tough year. Our division is tough."
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME…
"We have the resources now to go out and do some things that we would like to do. We're going to take it and look at all the avenues available to us going forward."
…WILL STILL COST AS MUCH AS A ROSE
"In the past, we were sort of on a three-year cycle but it was one of those things where we'd just fill in the same figure and wait. This is the first time we'll have a global budget. We'll have three-year guidelines all the time and it makes special sense for us because most of our long-term contracts are three-year deals."
"It's like running the house. You have the necessities--mortgage, tuition, car payments--and in our case those are the guaranteed contracts we have with guys like Roy Halladay and Vernon Wells and now Corey Koskie. Then, you go from there."
"The hard, cold fact is, as a small-market team we just weren't going to be able to keep these guys. That was borne out in this winter's market where the 'just okay' guys were getting big money. We couldn't even afford the 'just okay' guys and imagine next winter what Hudson, who has the third-best winning percentage in history, would command."
"If [the Yankees] didn't have to pay the luxury tax, it might have been a different story. As it was, for them to pay [Beltran] $17 million a year, it's actually more like $24 million. I would say it certainly was a parameter that created an issue in their pursuit of the player."
AIN'T GOT NOTHIN' TO DO
"I have not swung a bat since my last game, my last time up...my last double play. No more of those, and that is great."
"I miss it all, the fun we had, the struggles years ago, the satisfaction of winning later, the friends. In some ways I miss preparing now and I expect I will miss playing this summer, but my body told my mind what I had to do. I will always miss it some, but that will fade, too. I tried to make it a good career, and I think I did all right. Now it is time for others. I'm like everyone else in Seattle. I hope they will do well, even better than we did our best years."
I WOULD HAVE LIFTED WEIGHTS BUT THEY'RE TOO HEAVY
"I really have no sympathy for the guy. Guys who take steroids are basically looking to cheat their teammates for the opportunity to play, and cheat the opposing team."
"The same commitment he had that made him a superstar in our game will be the driving force behind him excelling again. It won't be easy, but anything worth its weight usually isn't. My hope for him is that through all of the adversity, he finds the strength he needs to have to be a contributor on the field and the inner peace to persevere off of it. I know he can do it."
"This book, which attacks baseball and many of its players, was written to make a quick buck by a guy desperate for attention, who has appeared on more police blotters than line-up cards in recent years, has no runs, no hits and is all errors."
"If I get through this one, I'll be 60-whatever. I'm not going to manage until I'm in a wheelchair. I know me."