April 25, 2005
The Week In Quotes
April 18-24A-B-C. A-ALWAYS, B-BE, C-CLOSING
"He blew a game. It won't be the last one. And he knows that. He might blow 50 in his career. But that means he'll have several hundred saves."
"Time will tell, but I think so. He got to the big leagues early because of makeup and stuff. Last year, he put everything together. I think he'll be fine."
"It's frustrating. But you have to get back out there and right the ship."
"We have go back to the drawing board on something else, that's what we have to do. It seems like he hasn't been good with one-run leads. I can't figure it out. He has the stuff. I can't figure it out right now."
"Yeah, I relish [the closer's role]."
"Whoever throws the best is going to be the closer. And I want Shingo [Takatsu] to return to be the closer, but I need him to have confidence in himself and not lose his confidence, because I haven't lost confidence in him."
"I have nothing bad to say about Ozzie. He has put me in a very good atmosphere. It's very easy for me to go out there and pitch. If he has to make certain moves, I can live by those rules."
"It doesn't embarrass me. I don't think about it at all. If I could pitch the ninth inning, I would."
"All I can do is stay positive and get a little fatter."
I'M LITERALLY ANGRY WITH RAGE
"He's a piece of [bleep]."
"He's a [bleep], that's what he is. He's another Venezuelan [bleep]. [Bleep] him."
"He has an enemy. Now he has a big one. He knows I can [bleep] him a lot of different ways. He better shut the [bleep] up and play for the Detroit Tigers."
"We never clicked, even when we played together. I don't consider him my friend. I have nothing to say. I don't want to see him or talk to him. He's my enemy."
"If he comes to me and wants to apologize, I wouldn't accept it."
"Why do I have to apologize to him? Who the [bleep] is Magglio Ordonez? Why ever talk about me? He doesn't do [bleep] for me. But if he thinks I'm his enemy, he has a big enemy. He knows me."
"He never was my friend because I don't know him. If I think what I say hurt him, I don't give a [bleep]. I'm not here to make friends. I'm here to win games. I have a lot of friends. If Magglio doesn't want to be my friend, I don't have to drink with him."
"A couple people asked me about it, and [I] was nice about his injury and [bleep]. I don't give a [bleep] what he does for the rest of his life. He [bleeped] with the wrong guy."
"I don't talk about him because he hates us. I'm serious. If he hates us, I don't want to talk about him."
"I've stopped using the word 'hate.' It's more like 'jealousy,' to see them playing in October and it should be us. They are the team to beat, and that's the spot we want."
SURVIVAL: THE TWIN BROTHER OF ANNIHILATION
"He came in and he says, 'My wife had a baby.' I said, 'What the heck are you doing here?' And he says, 'She told me to go pitch.'"
"He's made the statement that he's ready for it. I told him, 'No problem, and when we get home tonight--and you feel good in the morning--you can come over to my house and mow my lawn.'"
"There's always room for people who want to do more. Keeping my wife off the tractor is great."
"I couldn't even leave my room. I had to turn the lights off and turn the TV off and sit in the dark for a week."
"I hate to discourage him, but for me, it was hard [to come back]. To hit the lefties, you have to stay in there and be ready for the pitches away. My first reaction was always to move back. I had no chance and it was from the fear, something I had never been through before."
"A heat-seeking missile."
DON'T WORRY STEROID. YOU'RE THE ONLY STEROID THAT STEROIDS
"Are you kidding me? If I was taking steroids, could I send them back and get the good ones, because obviously, these didn't work. I didn't get my money's worth. That's ridiculous."
"These are the same people who said I didn't want my [World Series] ring. We all know that wasn't true. That came out to be a hoax. It's probably the same people who said I faked my injury last year, so what does that tell you? Fake an injury in a contract year? That's pretty smart. It makes me chuckle."
"Absolutely not, without question. They're going to say all sorts of stuff because they can't do what we do. Anyone can say whatever they want, I guess. I'm a Cub, and that's all I have to worry about."
"This guy's hurting enough. You don't throw dirt on a guy when he's down. That's just not right."
OH, I'M DONE FOR...I'M DONE-DIDDILY-DOODILY DONE FOR...
"I'm evaluating and measuring a lot of things. I'm not sitting there and saying, 'OK, well, seven losses in a row - bad. Five wins a row - good.' I'm trying to take a look and see what is going on here."
"Is Ned, in this period, motivating the players? He is. Is Ned trying to make adjustments on the field based on the statistics we have to make some changes? Yes he is. Is Ned Yost the same guy [during the losing streak] as he was when we were winning? Yes he is."
"Ned Yost is going to be judged on a long-term basis. He's not going to be judged on the first 15 games you play in April. Does Ned pay attention to our minor-league system and is he one of the few managers in the major leagues who goes into the minor leagues and interacts with the players and makes sure they're getting the right training? Yes, he does."
"The difference between us and the Cardinals isn't that they have Albert Pujols and we don't. It's that they don't make errors and we still are. They don't make base-running mistakes, and we are at the moment. They're a very, very disciplined team. We will get there, I believe."
"If we get thrown out a bunch of times trying to steal second, I might back off."
"I was wrong about something, wrong about something important, for a long time. And since I had contributed heavily to creating the problem, I realized that I had to do what I could to address it."
"We ran astray because we have been assuming that random data is proof of nothingness, when in reality random data proves nothing."
"Any kid that ever thought of doing drugs, just go out there one time and strike somebody out with second and third against the Red Sox. There's no better feeling than that. You know, you don't need alcohol or drugs for that kind of feeling."
"When he's at his best he can dot a gnat's ass."
"If you gave him an hour to go through the stands, he'd know everybody's name."
"When you have your fourth and fifth guys out of the lineup, it's hard. Then you end up with Doug Mientkiewicz as your cleanup guy."
"He gave me that 'look.' I said, 'You just go sit down and watch an old war horse do his job. Don't say a word. Let me go.' There was no meaning behind it. I was just talking [stuff]."
"He was good-natured about it. I kind of liked it when he said it."
"Nolan was 3-4, and Jimmy was 7-1. The question was, would you rather have Nolan Ryan or Jimmy Deshaies? Some guys were foolish enough to say Nolan Ryan. I say, why? You're gong to end up in last place with Nolan Ryan. With Jimmy Deshaies, you're going to win the division."