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August 15, 2005
The Week in Quotes
August 8-14BUT HE COULD BE MY SON! OR JULIO FRANCO'S GRANDSON!
"I never thought it would be this much fun. In the middle part of my career, the rookies who came up -- you were just so sick and tired of their attitude, to be blunt about it. They knew everything. These guys are so respectful, so willing to learn."
"Young or not, we needed to get him to a level where he could learn. Fortunately or unfortunately, that's the major leagues. …He could make mistakes at Triple A and still get out of an inning because he has good stuff. He's a very mature kid. Any setbacks he has here, he'll handle well mentally and emotionally. He wants to learn. By any standard, he's ahead."
"There's been a lot of guys that showed up in the big leagues that had a world of potential and unbelievable futures ahead of them, and were just flashes in the pan."
"He reminded me an awful lot of the kind of stuff, the kind of presence, that Dwight Gooden had when he got to the big leagues. The same sort of command, same sort of polish, same sort of stuff."
…AND I BUMPED HEADS WITH CARLOS BELTRAN, DON'T KNOW WHEN I'LL BE BACK AGAIN…
"I can't imagine being a paramedic at the scene of a car wreck. And that's pretty much what this was -- a car wreck."
"Hats off to those guys for giving such an effort for Tom Glavine. Baseball takes a beating for not being physical, guys are dogging it. You hear that all the time. But we're out there without protection, and there are times like this when it's dangerous. People will look at it as one of the top 10 all-ugly incidents. Why not one of the top 10 great efforts?"
"To me, you had two center fielders going after it with everything they've got, and neither one was letting up or backing off. Cameron has been a center fielder all his life, and he still plays like one. Most right fielders will veer off or give way on a play like that, but he went all out, the way he always has. You have to respect that as a player."
"I know he's looking forward to getting his face right because he's a pretty boy. He's in California. They've got the best plastic surgeons here, so I ain't worried about him."
JUST A FLESH WOUND
"If you wore one that was able to protect you, it would mess with your view. If you wore one like (John) Olerud has, you'd need a chinstrap for it. It wouldn't be comfortable and you couldn't see and it would mess up what you're doing if you wore a normal one. If you wore one with earflaps, it would be most protective for you. If you wore one like Olerud's -- I've joked with him about taking his out with me -- but you'd need a chinstrap the way my head and everything whips around. It would fly off."
PRETTY SURE THIS NEVER HAPPENED WHEN BARRY WAS AROUND…
"…(T)his messenger of Satan, as I call this guy [Krueger] now. ... And I believe there is no forgiveness for Satan."
"The segment, featuring inappropriate comedy sound bites, demonstrated an utter lack of regard for the sensitivity of the issues involved and a premeditated intent to ridicule Felipe Alou's commentary."
JUST SMILE AND NOD, AND THEY'LL GO AWAY SOON
"That's just ignorant, man. The thing that made me mad is to talk about a guy [Alou] who worked very hard to be where he is, and then some idiot makes some comment and don't know what he's talking about."
"I don't know about why they left the lefthander in. He had a good inning and they kept him in there. He should never have pitched to Konerko - he's their best hitter."
WEB GEMS, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT
"I didn't ask (Luis) Terrero what kind of shoes he was wearing or anything. He took a step off and I got him."
"There is no question he let that ball hit him on purpose. Now the questions are, 'Is it heady? Is it in the realm of doing whatever you can to win ballgames? Is it chicken (expletive)?'"
"If that's not the play of the year, I'll protest. He had better not get a girlfriend between now and the ESPY's, because I want to go with him."
HE SEES YOU WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING, HE KNOWS WHEN YOU'RE AWAKE…JOHN DOWD IS COMING TO TOWN
"We have come full circle [in the steroids controversy]. The criminal arrogance of [players' union leader Donald] Fehr and Gene Orza is destroying the game, just like the abuses of owners years ago."
"Giamatti believed the fans had a right to know [everything Dowd discovered about Pete Rose], thus he told me at the beginning, 'Whatever you do, the world will see.' He was right."
"This commissioner [Bud Selig] has no power. My dad would have called him counterfeit or a front man. There is no cop on the beat. The major-league game is in big trouble. The victims of this reckless neglect are the game itself and the youngsters in this country who love the game."
"I want to say that I'm happy to be back. I'm anxious to get back on the field and playing the game that I love very much. It's been a tough time for me and my family over the last couple of weeks."
"I don't want to be in [the Hall of Fame]. That's a bold statement, and a lot of people are going to say, `Well, how dare him even say that.' I don't care. It's my life. I can say what I feel, and I don't believe in cheating."
"We're winning by that much going into the ninth inning with our stud on the hill and still we lost. I've never seen one like this in my 10 or 11 years in Kansas City. It's a heartbreaking loss."
"When I grew up here, I figure I booed enough guys that I've got some coming to me. I'm confident I won't pitch that way again."
"It gets to the point where you can educate all you want. Unless it's a hard-and-fast rule, I don't know if they're paying attention."
"Billy and I worked with her on her mechanics taking her arm back to get her a little more energy to home plate. She got it there. It's a great thing to see Mom basking in the glow."
"If before the game you go out to home plate and don't think that's cool, you shouldn't be out there."
"We obviously were going through rough times. We had to get our house in order and needed to do some financial things. We don't have bad contracts anymore. We're in position to keep our players, but we have to keep the right guys. In the past, we gave contracts to players who turned out not to be productive."
"I think absolutely there is a hard deadline here."
"He's got probably 18 at-bats, and he's got a bunch of RBIs [eight]. His at-bats have counted. You get a new guy, they don't just play, he winds up hitting in the middle of our order and does some damage."
WAIT A SECOND, ISN'T SANTO AN ANNOUNCER OR SOMETHING? UH…OH…I GET IT…
"I didn't know they put up flags for the day's starting pitchers."