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July 5, 2005
The Week in Quotes
June 27-July 4YANKEE INGENUITY
"As I have said many times, 'You must let the young elephants into the tent.'"
"I think he's trying to kill me."
"Somewhere, in April, our team bus hit a black cat."
"IN ALL MY YEARS OF PLAY I NEVER SAW AN UMP DELIBERATELY MAKE AN UNFAIR DECISION. THEY REALLY CALLED THEM AS THEY SAW 'EM."
"You can't have a bogus call in a tight game like that. I didn't do anything to deceive the runner. It was a [expletive] call. I think [the umpires] favor the Yankees. The umpires suck up to them. They are the cream of the crop."
"Four games, that's my whole career. That's two-thirds of an inning if I'm lucky, if I get somebody out."
"They're coming down hard on me a little bit, just trying to make a point. I think it's because I might have said fudge cookies too many times on the field. But that's the story of my life."
HE PURPOSELY GAINED 61 POUNDS SO HE COULD BECOME A BASEBALL PLAYER
"Every time I see Matty [LeCroy] running the bases, I cringe. My goal is always to watch Matty slide, because when Matty slides, that's more entertaining than baseball itself."
"A man falling down a stairwell."
"I just said, 'What the heck, I'll take a chance.' If I'm out, then I get booed, and Gardy never plays me again."
"Seriously, when the game is based on failure, you have to have guys like him around, who can keep it light. He'll tell [Gardenhire], 'I'm tired of carrying this ballclub.' He'll say, 'I've got to get out of here to do a photo shoot. Sports Illustrated wants me in a Speedo.' He spoofs what is happening in this game."
"And he's one hell of a dancer. He'll dance with the stewardesses on the team plane. He's a regular Billy John Travolta."
"He's also the pin-up boy for the anti-steroid movement. I like to think Matthew and I have brought gout back into vogue."
YOU ALL MADE THE TEAM. EXCEPT YOU, YOU, AND YOU.
"He got robbed."
"My personal opinion is Scott Rolen is the best third baseman in the game. Ramirez has had just a great year and certainly deserves to be there. The fact I would be considered third is not such a terrible thing."
"The people didn't think I'm good enough to be there so I'm not going to be there."
"I'm not very happy about it. I spent so much time on this. The system is what it is, and you make your decisions according to that, but you're seeing a lot of good players aren't going."
DO NOT GO GENTLY INTO THAT GOOD TRADE MARKET
"It was my first choice to come here. I made a lot of concessions to come here, and I'll make it very clear; If I have to go somewhere else, a lot of things are going to have to be changed or you're going to have an unhappy player."
"I'll ask for everything. Period. You want to inconvenience me, I'm going to inconvenience every situation there is. The only reason I'm playing is that I wanted to play for the Yankees. If I don't get that opportunity, things change."
"Every name is always involved in trade rumors, but when you're in New York, the rumors become a little bigger than other places. With his ability, people are going to ask about him. He has the kind of talent that can pick a club up."
"I allowed them to defer money that no player has ever done, to try to prove to people that it isn't about the money. How many people that are my caliber as a player would have done what I did? There are players on this team making the kind of money they're making and they didn't defer anything. I look at the whole scenario. I sacrificed, and now you're putting me in a [compromising] position, we're both going to be uncomfortable."
"I would never sit out. I'd go play, but that doesn't mean I'll be happy playing. If I'm not happy, you don't want me on your team. It's that simple. I'll make that known to anybody."
"I remember seeing him the first time at the Himes complex [in 2004] before Spring Training, and he said, 'I want one of those,' pointing to my World Series ring," Torre said. "I said, 'You have one.' And he said, 'No, with the NY on it.' He wants to be here."
THEY SAY EV'RYTHING CAN BE REPLACED
"When you first come back, you realize you're trying to fit back in but after the first couple weeks--even a bunch of [the media] came up and said, 'Is everything all right?' You're pitching when you get blown out or every fourth, fifth day. I realized after a couple weeks that I wasn't fitting in and pretty much didn't have a role. It's unfortunate, but hey, it happens."
"It was a tough decision. You never like to do this to a good man who has accomplished so much. I've watched him for a number of years. He's a tremendous competitor."
"Yes, I do. Never underestimate the heart of a champion."
"It's been no secret that one aspect of the club that has struggled is the bullpen area. This move is trying to address that. Mike Stanton and Paul Quantrill are two of the best people I've met. They're fighters, they stand for all the good stuff, but ultimately, the performance hasn't come at the same time, and that's what this is all about."
"Designating him for assignment is a real difficult thing to do. It's no fun for anybody involved. It's no fun for him, it's no fun for his teammates and it's no fun for me or his manager. Bret did everything on the field hard. He played his very best, gave his very best effort here and I think everybody appreciates that."
"Bret Boone is not the only reason that we have not played well so far. But are we a better club today than we were yesterday? Yeah, I think so."
"I feel that it's the best thing for Bret and this ballclub, to tell you the truth. There comes a time when it's time to move on. I personally think that it was that time for Bret. Something like this is never easy. You don't like doing this to your worst enemy, much less a guy or player that you respect and like."
"For hitters, boning bats in the bathroom is not considered cheating. Corking, however, is. Guys bone their bats in broad daylight. When a guy corks, he does it in private. If you cork and word gets out, it's bad news. You're a marked man."
"I think it's great, because I remember last year there was nothing but Yankees in the lineup."
"I don't know if they'd be able to get it ready by one o'clock [in the morning]. Pretty wet. First time I've seen it where they couldn't get the canvas on, then couldn't get it off."
"It's just a lot of times…You have no understanding of how painful it is over the years."
"Oh, yeah, I've been doing it every day all season: strike out or hit a home run. No, it's a fun time. If they want me to do it, I'll do it. If not for me, then for all my golfing buddies back home. It gives them a reason to go to the club and run up the tab. I don't know if they want me to, but I will. It might be embarrassing in that ballpark. I might get shut out."
"I think this is too important an issue to be dealt with by trivial measures like a constitutional amendment. That's just putting a Band-Aid on it."