May 9, 2005
The Week in Quotes
"I've taken a lot of crap from a lot of people. Probably more than anybody in the history of this sport. I know Hank [Aaron] and Jackie [Robinson] took a good deal of crap, but I guarantee it wasn't for six years. I just keep thinking: How much am I supposed to take?"
WOMACK! WOE-MACK! HE WAS A THIEF, HE STOLE MY JOB
"I know enough not to expect anything in this game. It will be a decision Joe [Torre] has to make. My job is to make myself available and give him the option to choose me."
"It's tough to make a plan. We'll look at matchups to see if something jumps out, but I think it's important Bernie still gets his fair share of at-bats. I don't want to just shut him down. That's not the purpose of this thing.
"Bernie's been having some problems with his elbow. It was one of those things that you really have no control over. Under normal conditions, it wouldn't have been deep enough. But they certainly know that Bernie doesn't have a particularly strong arm and they were being very aggressive at that point."
"It's not an issue with throwing. I could never really throw. It's not keeping me from playing. ... I can play. I'm just trying to play through it."
I LOVE YOU, BUT I’M NOT IN LOVE WITH YOU
"People misunderstand this, but I'm not a fan of the game. I'm not a fan of baseball, and I never was. I never collected baseball cards. I never got autographs, and I never watched SportsCenter. I went to a handful of games when I was young, but if I had my druthers, I would have made money racing motorcycles. But I couldn't do that."
"My dad was a cop down in Costa Mesa. He couldn't afford to send me to a big-time college. But he made a bet with me when I was in high school that if I got a scholarship to college, he would buy me a truck. The only way I could get a scholarship was through baseball, and I got a scholarship to [California]. He bought me a truck."
"People think I'm [a jerk]. The media thinks I'm [a jerk], because I don't give them the time of day. But I like my space. I don't talk a whole lot. When I do speak, I have tried to present myself as an educated athlete. But when I don't want to talk, people take offense. But it's nothing personal."
"I need to watch my kids play Little League. I need to give my wife some time off. There is no way I would be [still playing] if it wasn't for my wife."
"My kids love this game. I want to try to introduce them to the game as much as I can. This game has been so good to me, and I have gotten a lot of good things out of this game. I want my kids to see that."
WELL, THAT IS TOUCHINGLY PATHETIC
"It was embarrassing that our hometown fans are booing us. Embarrassing to the city. This is supposed to be such a great baseball city, and in all my years here, I believe it is."
"Do they honestly believe I tried to give up a three-run homer to [Jim] Edmonds? And a two-run homer to [John] Mabry?"
"They have every right to cheer or boo, do whatever they want. But as a player, I believe our hometown fans should be behind us and not against us. When Sean Casey misses a ground ball, you're going to boo Sean Casey, the nicest guy in baseball? Plays harder than anybody on this team? That's what I don't understand."
"Because I make a lot of money, I have to be perfect? Is Bill Gates perfect? Donald Trump? I've [converted] eight out of nine [save opportunities]. Does that mean I'm not earning my keep? Eight out of nine is pretty good."
THE SECOND CITY’S SECOND TEAM
"It doesn't bother me if we don't have the recognition. It feels like they talk about Ozzie Guillen more than they talk about the team. That bothers me. But if we win, everybody knows we are playing. As long as we win, that's all I care."
"2006, if we win [this year]. Right now it doesn't matter if you talk about the White Sox. Talk about the White Sox on Oct. 1. That's my goal. [But] people don't believe in us, that surprises me. We keep winning, and people keep with doubts and doubts and if, if, if, if... That surprises me."
"We never thought we are going to be 19-7, [but] we built this team to win with the players we brought here and the players we keep here. I think we have a great balance."
"A full house."
"Some of the little black dots floating around were so big, I started naming them. My favorites are Mabel and John. Mabel looks like she's trailing a wedding train behind her. She hides when I'm focusing on the game, but as soon as I look away, she comes out and dances around."
"Let me tell you something. My English is not the best, but I can understand everything. I can read, I can write. And sometimes, I misunderstand things. Think about a guy who can't really talk or read? I'm not making excuses for those guys. But I think they would prefer if someone talked to them [in Spanish] ...the system is all [expletive]. You might think everyone's got the message, but they don't."
"I know [Juan] Rincon. I don't see the guy using anything. He's a good kid. He's the one kid who'd be afraid of doing anything. I can see his face. He's probably freaked out."
"Maybe they were using something like ephedra. What is ephedra? It's something that's not a steroid. It's something like caffeine that might get you a little hyper. [How does that compare with] guys going in the back, injecting [expletive] in his butt. But now your name is out there like Canseco's name."
"They're basically saying you're using what [Jose] Canseco did. If they test for all that, they should say what it is. I think it's [expletive] the way they do it. You take Andro, it's not the same [expletive]. It's totally different."
"To me, Rincon is the victim of a system that is not perfect."
"Anything you can't get at a grocery store, don't take it."
"It came back to his hitting zone. I thought it was going to be a double because I knew it was a gapper. But I forgot. I'm the king of home runs. My stuff goes out. Regardless. My stuff has eyes for the wall."
"I blew it. I went from glory to disaster, but Sweeney picked up everybody with that Jumanji home run."
"It's interesting. Up in San Francisco, they put a bay behind the ballpark."
"I don't know the details on whether [the legislature] just crushed it or they listened to it, but I think it's a major mistake. We're one of the few teams that have proven we can win a championship in this state. It just seems like not everyone is a big fan of us."
"I mangled him, but it was a war. Definitely a war. It's my first victory in Atlanta."
"I think I'll hang him up in [Carlos] Beltran's locker."
"I could go to the lamest cable network, I could go to Court TV, I could go to Trio, I could go to Bravo--make one up, and I know my show will do respectably against the competition. And I know that. And they know that. In a sense, I'm like a franchise ball player at the end of my career. I'm like Randy Johnson or Roger Clemens. That's who I identify with: Old guys who can still throw 95-mile-an-hour fastballs."