August 8, 2005
The Week in Quotes
August 1-7DO I CONTRADICT MYSELF? VERY WELL THEN I CONTRADICT MYSELF
"That's not for me to determine. I hope that people look at my whole career and appreciate that I have given everything I've got. I respect the game, I respect my opponents, I respect the players who have come before me."
"If you're a Hall of Fame player, it only takes a moment to damage your image. If you took something accidentally, I think you would do anything you could to clarify the situation. I hope he does that. I hope he does it for baseball. I hope he does it for himself."
"I think in five years you have to evaluate the culture of that time. What are you going to do, exclude everyone you suspect?"
"The 500/3,000 club is awfully exclusive. That being said, I've never been happier that there is a five-year waiting period between the end of a player's career and the year he is included on the Hall of Fame ballot. While I can't speak for all the voters, I think a lot of perspective is going to be needed on this matter because it's so unprecedented. The only way you can really gain that perspective is with time."
"Not now, not ever. [Last] Sunday, I would have voted for him; 569 home runs, 3,018 hits--those are Hall of Fame numbers, but those numbers were enhanced by steroids. I've set my personal policy, and I won't vote for him."
I WANT ANSWERS NOW OR I WANT THEM EVENTUALLY
"Everybody's been asking us that question today. We don't feel vindicated because we always knew it was the truth. We don't take delight in somebody being taken down."
"I don't know Palmeiro, but elite athletes don't do cowboy chemistry. They don't walk into the store and say, 'This stuff looks neat. I'll try it.' Generally they have nutritional handlers, advisers, sports physicians, trainers."
"With as much as we know today, you can look at it and say, 'Who knows? Maybe that could have been me.' When you're not getting answers about what people are caught for, how do you know?"
"If it's stanozolol, this was a deliberate act. The likelihood of sabotage is remote and improbable, and to suggest as much would be to send people on a wild goose chase."
"All those years, I was the guy who said Pete needs to be punished, and he has, for 16 years. But how long are these guys going to be kept out? If you are going to let people into the Hall who have done steroids, then you have to let Pete Rose in, because this [steroids scandal] has hurt baseball more than what Pete did."
"The game doesn't belong to these players today. It belongs to all the players who have ever played--Henry Aaron, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Frank Robinson, the guys who helped build the game, not to guys who have hurt the game. Now these great players' numbers are being pushed back."
"I have reservations, not only about Rafael Palmeiro, but a lot of the guys who are going to come in with numbers obtained during this era. I think there just has to be a penalty--I just don't know what that is yet."
"Baseball itself is at fault because it let it go on for so long and didn't do anything about it. All these people who they didn't know [about steroid use]--I say, let them take a lie-detector test. No one would pass. That includes managers and coaches... . I've known it for 10, 15 years, and I am not even on the field."
"It wasn't my job to speak out, because I just would have been another reporter at that moment, speculating. But in hindsight, the only thing I wish I would have done is approach the commissioner's office sooner, but I didn't know how they would react."
"The game was booming. The home run was the thing. They even advertised it--'Chicks dig the long ball.' The game was prospering, in love with the long ball... . McGwire, Sosa, the home-run chases. We took a game which was great and turned it into Home Run Derby."
"It's not just the home runs, but stamina, the way the game is played. Little things don't matter--speed, stealing bases. It's all tied together. Players are locked onto first base waiting for the home run. They don't need us anymore."
OH, THIS LEADER! HE SOUNDS LIKE A GRAND FELLA!
"I know who the leader is on the team. I ain't going to say who it is, but I know who it is. I know who the team feeds off. I know who the opposing team comes in knowing they have to defend to stop the Yankees."
GREAT JOB, GUYS
"It was a bad situation. But I'm proud of the way we handled it as an organization."
"We play a game. What he was going through doesn't compare. It was important that the little guy not be by himself."
"Jacob Cruz, Jason LaRue, Junior, they were all great with him. They gave him bats, balls, wrist bands. Felipe Lopez signed the helmet he wore in the All-Star Game and gave it to him."
"It really makes me mad because I think good pitchers win games and horse-[bleep] pitchers hit people. I think that is the weakest [bleep] I ever see because if you can't get people out, get out of here. Get another job. You're going to hit somebody? It's not anybody's fault you got a [butt]-kicking. Throw strikes and get people out."
"I had a great sense [Saturday] night that teams were doing one or two things: Either being unrealistic or too engaged in hypotheticals. I hate to say this, but there was too much rotisserie conversation for anybody to keep up with. People got caught up in tangents, and it affected business."
"Mr. Pohlad says this is a game of cycles. We had two flat tires on ours, but we're climbing back on."
"They had the best scouting report in the world, or they're the best guessers. Every guy in that lineup hit me and they hit me hard. It was just a case of I sucked tonight is what it was."
"I thought that was a dance. Oh well, maybe I can use these as weights in the morning."