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July 25, 2005
The Week in Quotes
July 18-24THIS HOUSE IS NOT A HOME
"They'll prove me wrong if they win a championship. I've played a long time, and some of the balls that are leaving there--it's not right. It's a joke."
"The park is not playing out as we expected, because we felt we designed a neutral facility. And right now, it's certainly gearing toward a hitters' ballpark. But do you think we tried to design a ballpark that wouldn't be fair? Is the fact that [the 369-foot sign in the power alleys] is further to the right here than [the 371-foot sign] at the Vet an issue? Yes. Was it something we discussed and did intentionally? Absolutely not."
"Probably the hardest thing to do is to create a balance. It's easier to go toward one extreme or the other. If you want a hitters' park, you know what that is. If you want a pitchers' park, you know what that is. It's not an exact science."
"The Vet was sort of impenetrable. They wanted the building to be transparent from the street--and we were right there with them. That's essentially what we did. I think maybe what is happening is, particularly when it's windy, the ball carries."
"Then ask them why does it carry to right and left, but it doesn't carry to center? How does a southwest wind work that way? I don't see too many balls going out to center, and it's not like it's 450 [feet] out there."
"I'll have to check on which way I'm going to pitch a guy the next time I have the wind out there, because that's a crock. When has the wind had any effect in our ballpark?"
"If I'm throwing 100 mph, and a guy just gets wood on it and hits it to right or left, it's gone. It doesn't matter what gale-force winds are blowing in. To say it's the wind, they haven't pitched. They can believe what they want."
WELL, TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL BASEBALL CLUB, YOU NEED TEAMWORK. NOT SOME HOT-DOG BALLPARK MEASURER PLAYING BY HIS OWN RULES!
"It's been something that's been in people's minds. The dimensions were on pads that make up the outfield fence, but the pads with the 380-feet marks were in the wrong locations."
"And if we're doing a contract with Jose, and I'm still here, I'll say, 'Jose, those count as home runs.' He can add them to his totals, and we'll negotiate from there. I know this isn't a hitters' ballpark."
"You have to know where you're playing. We play here. We don't play in those other parks. Why would you say, 'That would have been a home run in Cincinnati?' We're not in Cincinnati."
"I understand from a personal perspective, but we're talking about a thing called 'team.' Personally, of course we all want numbers. That's normal. I don't blame them. But we also want to win. And when you're winning, it's not as big an issue as when you're losing. When you're losing, and you're not getting numbers, it's frustrating."
MANAGERS ARE THE UNACKNOWLEDGED LEGISLATORS OF THE WORLD
"He bounced me from the dugout. The pitch was high. That's all I said, and he threw me out of the game. And then he tells me all I wanted was showtime. He can kiss [expletive]."
"The pitch was high. That's all I said. And then [Wendelstedt] tells me I want showtime. That was very unprofessional...the wrong thing for him to say. What he ought to do is get knocked [expletive]. You can print that one, too."
"I expect more than that from a major league umpire, especially from a guy who comes from a baseball family. His father [Harry] was a great umpire, but I have no respect for [Hunter] anymore."
"I gave him a couple of warnings, and when it didn't stop, I threw him out. Gardy was standing up for his player, like I said, and I'm like anyone...I don't like to be yelled at. He knows my reputation, that I'm not going to take it."
"You throw a pitch at the knees, what are we going to do at home plate, go ask the first-base umpire if it was at the knees? Did the guy at second base see if it was on the outside corner when the home-plate umpire thought it was three inches outside? You've got one base to call; make the call and stand by it."
"I have the same thoughts, and the thoughts are that Dana DeMuth is a good umpire, he was six feet away from the play and he called the play. Why does he need help? I don't know why the umpire at home plate had to interfere with that call at all. I really don't. I do know that this help system of 'We've got to get it right' works in different situations, but not on a play like that."
HISTORY IS MORE FULL OF EXAMPLES OF THE LOYALTY OF DOGS THAN OF FRIENDS
"It's pretty brutal, actually. He's an All-Star. He's been here for three years. He takes the ball and never complains if he's hurt or not."
"Absolutely. Christ, the guy's an All-Star. Lance is a good friend of mine and it kind of (ticks) you off a little bit. ... A lot of teams make bad moves. Not to say it's a bad move or right or whatever. It's just a shame because he's given a lot to this organization."
"It's a tough game. That's just the way it is. Hell, I've been getting fired for five years. And you know what? One day, I will be fired. In this job and, if I'm lucky enough, I'll be fired two or three times. That's the nature of this business. You can't worry about those things. If I start worrying about those things, then I'm not concentrating on doing my job."
HE HAS A GREATNESS THAT OTHERS CAN'T SEE...AND IF IT'S NOT TRUE GREATNESS HE HAS, THEN HE'S AT LEAST AVERAGE
"I wouldn't keep calling if I didn't think there was a chance [to lure Larkin out of retirement]. Would I like to see him put [a uniform] on and help us out the last two or three months? Yeah."
"We have to solve Guzman. Solving it isn't going to be trading him. ... Solving him means we've got to get his bat going somehow. It's going to be magnified when you lose. When you win, you can carry him because of his defense."
"It's hard to change something when you're having continued success."
"[Hudson] saves you a bunch of runs. You add the amount of runs he saves you (with his glove) onto his RBIs at the end of the year, he's the MVP of the league."
"I'm really into the Harry Potter books. I'll probably be at the Barnes & Noble in town and I'll start reading it tonight. When they first came out, I wasn't into it. But then I saw the first movie and I was hooked. When the last book came out, I went out that night and got it."
"The only consistency we've had is that when we're playing well, we win games consistently for a week. And when we're playing bad, we lose games consistently for a week."