August 1, 2005
The Week in Quotes
"I have like three hitting streaks of 10 or more games. [Ted] Williams had them of more than 300 and he hit .340 for his career. And he went to war for his country twice during his baseball career. Never put my name in his category. I just happen to have the same number of home runs."
"I've never considered myself a Hall of Famer. I've never preached it or even talked about it, because I never thought that way. It was an honor to be on the ballot the first year. I just remember the big thrill of being out of the game five years, and my name was on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. That was an honor right there."
"Honing my craft was the ability to get on base, hit for high average, and score runs. It was as if I invented the word 'Billyball' or 'Moneyball.' ..."
"I call it seasoning - 5½ years and hitting .300. The only thing that I was told by the Red Sox was that I don't hit for power and that I play in a power position and that I wasn't going to be able to play in the big leagues if I don't hit for power. That was sort of a stumbling block as to why I didn't make it to the big leagues."
"It wasn't good. There was no need for it. If you want to boo him when he comes in, fine, but chanting 'Hawkins [stinks],' and going on for the whole inning, is out of line. … It was a little classless, I thought. They went overboard."
"It was kind of disappointing that instead of them worrying about cheering for us, they seemed more preoccupied with booing him. Instead of being happy we were scoring runs, they were happier he was giving them up, and booing him."
"That's the expectations though. That's what happens when you're a couple of outs away from going to the World Series in '03. They have to understand we want to win just as bad as they want us to, and to be honest, we want to win more. The mood has definitely changed around here because of the expectations."
"It was worse last night [than when Hawkins was a Cub]. At least they didn't say 'Hawkins [stinks]' when he was here like they did last night. That was bad. I was in the dugout saying, 'Sorry, Hawk, but we have to beat you. I like you, but we have to beat you.'"
"That's how it is. If you're going to boo, you boo and get it over with and go on about your business, and play the game. That sort of gave me the chills a little bit, to wonder who's next on the list?"
"No, I ain't saying nothing. Possibility though."
"I haven't been 100 percent since high school, and yet I'm still out there among the league leaders in innings pitched and games started. It doesn't mean I'm completely healthy, but I'll be out there."
"You're like kids in the backseat: 'Are we almost there?' 'Are you healthy?' I'm telling you, I'm going to be out there."
"He's probably a little irritated by it because everyone keeps reminding him how old he is. That's not fun for him."
"It used to be that you would try to save $300,000 here or $400,000 there by moving a player. Then, you could take that money and sign a player for the next season. With revenue sharing, I don't think there is much concern about that any more."
"With all the salaries, we could take (Geoff) Jenkins, (Wes) Helms, (Ben) Sheets and Carlos Lee out of the deal, and the rest of our 21 players would balance Manny's salary out. It would have been a 22-player deal and 21 of the players would have been ours. We figured we needed nine guys to play the game."
"Right now, I just finished up talking to Kenny [Williams, White Sox GM], and there's nothing there. Kenny's pretty aggressive, and he will evaluate my team better than I do. But I talked to him and said, 'If you're going to bring somebody here, if you're going to make any trade, make sure you make it for the right guy, on and off the field.' If not, I'll lose with our people."
"In some of these situations the holdup is probably the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. They know we want prospects and they throw out, quote, young prospects. But their definition of young prospects for these kinds of players and mine might be different."
"At the end of the day if we don't make a trade, yours truly again will be looked upon as if we were asking too much. Well, okay. But if we don't get our hands on that caliber of player, we're not going to make a deal."
"I would love to play anywhere. I think my skills are there. To me, it's just the chance. Why can't I have a chance? I see [the current] players and what [teams] need, and you're saying I don't have none of that? That shocks me. Then I'm not a Hall of Famer. I should have never played the game."
"I don't know why, unless I've done too much in the game. Most people say you're a Hall of Famer and they've got a certain date that they want me to go to the Hall of Fame. They feel that if I continue playing it would screw up when I go into the Hall of Fame. I don't think that's fair to me."
"To me, it's a shame that with how much time I've put in [in] the major leagues and have done so much in the major leagues, for me, at the end there's something sad that you've got to try to see if you can continue playing the game," Henderson said. "Sometimes I get thinking about it and think I should have never played the game. I should have played football."
"If it ain't that, then give me a reason why. [Atlanta Brave first baseman] Julio Franco's older than me. And he doesn't have the numbers I have, so they let him play. I know I can outplay him. They want to see if they can destroy me or upset me."
"They know I can make a club. They just won't give me a chance. Just give me a chance to do the things I know I can do and what I love doing."
"I didn't get a fair shake here. I came here to pitch in key situations and I became a mop-up guy, not getting in any games; you tell me what that looks like to you. You know, you come here, you don't get a chance unless you're one of the boys."
"They just said they got Embree and that's it. It wasn't that I hadn't done the job or whatever. They didn't want to give me a reason other than I didn't get in to pitch. That's not really any reason to me, but it happened, so, I just became the odd man out, I guess."
"I don't know what that means. The only thing I try to do as a manager is do what I think is the thing to do at the time the game is being played. If I started pitching or playing guys because I like them or because I didn't like them, I'd be doing a disservice to the rest of the team. If I've ever done that, I'm not aware of it. I've had people here I've had disagreements with and I've always brought them back. It's always about baseball to me."
"If I started pitching or playing guys because I liked them, or didn't play them because I didn't like them, I'm doing a disservice to the rest of the team."
"I knew how important it was to him. It was getting late in the game. I didn't want (the fan) to leave. I took a ball out there. He said he'd exchange. He asked me to sign it. Then his pen didn't work."
"Some of the dumbest deals I've ever seen were the deals that were made for pitching this winter. There are a lot of clubs that wish they could take those deals back."
"I hate facing guys like that. On the one hand, I guess you could say it's a challenge, but there are plenty of challenges out there and I don't need one more."