July 18, 2005
The Week in Quotes
"They know how much I want to come back. Hopefully, they don't use it to their advantage and disrespect me with a minimum of years and minimum of salary. I'm 31 now. [Jason] Varitek just turned 33 and they had no problem giving a catcher a four-year contract [worth $40 million], so I have a valid point there."
"I told him, 'You're the Farrah Fawcett of baseball.' He's got that rock star presence. He's sort of direct from Central Casting."
"He scores very high on being relevant to young consumers, both male and female. It's very similar to how Tom Brady is with the Patriots."
"I think more Canadians are realizing baseball's not just a recreational sport, something to do in the summer to kill time until it's hockey season again. I really do. Obviously, hockey's still the No. 1 game. Everyone knows that. And I love hockey. Don't get me wrong. But it's nice to see some Canadians looking at baseball as a career rather than just something to do."
"When I was growing up, it was just basically Larry Walker that we all had to look up to. He was the guy we all followed as baseball players, the one we wanted to be. And it meant so much to be able to point to someone like that and see that you could do it, too."
"Baseball became my passion right away. Every day, all I wanted to do was go to the park. The older I got, the more I wanted to play. Plus, when you're a little better at it than other people, you want to stick with it because that obviously makes it a little more fun."
...OR NOT TO BE
"My season is when I get paid. I'm not doing that.... I'm not sacrificing my body or taking a chance on an injury for something that's made up. A lot of guys feel that way. They won't say it like I will, though."
ISN'T THE CHUCK LAMAR WAY THE WRONG WAY? YES! ONLY FASTER!
"There's no question I'm a better GM than when I took this job, and I think we're a better organization. People are tired of losing, and I understand that. I've been the GM the whole time, and we're tired of losing. Everyone's tired of hearing my rhetoric about what's going to happen in the future, and I understand that completely. I wish I had some of the decisions we made early in those 10 years back. But you can't. You just hope you learn from them and go on. We think we have."
"The first five [years] went by so quickly they made up for the last five. In the first five we built what we thought was just an outstanding foundation for an expansion organization. We don't need to go into a lot of detail over what a struggle the last five have been. But I believe as strongly now as I ever have that there will be a winning team in Tampa Bay in the future."
MR. 3000 (THE GOOD ONE)
"I'm in a group with them, but that doesn't mean I belong with them. Aaron has 200 more home runs than I do and Mays has about 100 more. In my opinion, those guys belong in a class by themselves, and I shouldn't be anywhere close to that."
"I don't think too many people would recognize him as Raffy Palmeiro. In fact, he's probably better known for his Viagra commercial than he is as a player, and that's pitiful. It's pitiful for as much as he has done and he has achieved."
SOMETIMES A CIGAR IS JUST A CIGAR
"In this game, you have your time where you have to go, but I wasn't just some kid who was in his first year in the big leagues. And you shouldn't even do it to that kid. If that happens, you should do it face-to-face and be professional about it and he wasn't."
"I had to honor [a prior] commitment, and I explained to Danny that this was not necessarily the way that we would prefer to do it. But nonetheless, this was the best we could do under the circumstances."
"I just wish I could have been in this type of situation a long time ago. I feel like the last few years was a job and it shouldn't be that way. I had fun, joking in the clubhouse and talking to the guys. But when it's all said and done at the end of the night, it was just your job. If you did good, great, if you don't, oh well."
"Here we're expected to win. [Friday] night was tough, I wasn't pitching and I had nothing to do with the game and I was [upset] we lost. When I was with the Reds, it was just another game. That's all they're doing right now, is they're trying to get by."
"It's not going to be there for a while, I don't think. The plan for that team, to me, is that they're not looking to win, which is unfortunate because you have a lot of great players on that team, but to me, the atmosphere isn't there. I don't know if it's from upstairs in the organization, but it's a shame because it's the Cincinnati Reds, the oldest team in baseball."
"It kills me, it breaks my heart that these guys have to sit through that. Some guys are going to be lucky enough to be traded by July 31. These guys that do, they are going to call the other guys and tell them they wish they could get out. Every time I talk to these guys, I wish they could get out."
"He's had all these different guys come in during his time and they keep saying, 'Gully can fix him, Gully can fix him.' Give him a top-notch guy where he doesn't have to fix him and he's going to look like a better pitching coach. I was the only one there with him for so long, there were always other guys coming in and out, in and out with him trying to fix them. There are a lot of pitching coaches that have great staffs and don't have to fix them."
"I think they're really big on making examples of people, and it shouldn't be that way. I was an example, D'Angeleo [Jimenez] was an example, sending Austin [Kearns] down was an example. We're not going to help you, we're going to get rid of you. It's unfortunate."
"By no means do I feel like I want to go. This is the greatest group of players and personalities I've been around in a long time. I enjoy the city. It's very similar to Kansas City. My kids like coming to the ballpark here. There's a lot of things I'm not happy about with leaving."
I WANT TO TELL YOU / MY HEAD IS FILLED WITH THINGS TO SAY
"If Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were given part of the Yankees as compensation in 1961, they would have been better off than if they took the cash that was paid to them."
"This is like a ref in an NBA game, with a tenth of a second on the clock, and he calls a touch foul and sends a guy to the free-throw line to win the ball game. They just don't do it."
"Godfrey said he picked the best man. I thought that was garbage then, and I think that's garbage now."
"It's always been a big deal. Its just more coverage of it as far as being a big deal. When I played there wasn't ESPN making trades for you. There wasn't Fox or so-and-so.com. Or CNN.com. Now, it's everybody.com."