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August 29, 2005
The Week in Quotes
August 22-28HONEST DISAGREEMENT IS OFTEN A GOOD SIGN OF PROGRESS
"That's unfair to him, to single out one incident and I won't single out incidents. It's been a build-up of frustration of our season and this isn't pinned at Milton. This was just a clarification of what this team needs to continue to do if it wants to win."
"I was just checking in and making sure my hustle was up to par. I got approval. I'm happy with that."
"Veteran players do more by leading by example and doing the things on the field that need to be done versus having everyday conversations with 25 different guys in the locker room. I'm a baseball player. I play baseball. It's not my job to be coach. It's not my job to police the area. It's my job to play baseball and try to win and every now and then [if] something … needs to be said, say it."
"It doesn't [bother me], because I play baseball. But I play it well and I play it to be a champion and I play it with respect and those are the things that I do. And I'm comfortable with that. So if you're comfortable with who you are and what you do out on the field, it doesn't matter what people say about you."
"The problem is that he doesn't know how to deal with African-American people. There's a pattern of things that have been said. There are things said off-the-cuff that I don't think are funny. I think it may be funny to him or Jeff Foxworthy. But it's not funny to Milton Bradley."
"Me being an African-American is the most important thing to me, even more important than baseball. There's always race. White people never want to see race in anything. But there's race involved in baseball. That's why there's less than 9 percent African-American representation in the game. I'm one of the few African-Americans that starts here."
"He can go ahead and say those types of things, and it comes from an incident that he still doesn't get. And that's a shame. If you think that I've got a problem with African-Americans, then go talk to Dusty Baker. Go talk to Dave Winfield, who took me under his wing. Go talk to Joe Carter--all the guys that I idolized in this game and all the veteran players who taught me how to play this game."
"I think (for Bradley) to make it a race issue is ridiculous. J.K. doesn't discriminate against anybody. He ignores Latinos, blacks and whites equally."
SHALL I REBUILD MY ROSTER? DO I DARE TO EAT A PEACH?
"To say we're contending with the Yankees and the A's was not our expectation coming into the season. If you told us our record would be 14, 15 games over .500, I would have said we'd be leading our division."
"It's so unproductive to watch, but I do watch it. I have to watch it. Our manager is great. He doesn't even pay attention. He's so good at getting the players to focus on what they're doing."
"It was so much a shock to the system because our fans were used to eight years of being in contention. I stared into a lot of blank faces. They all wanted to talk about Bartolo Colon and Jim Thome being gone."
"There's no telling what the heck (the team) is going to do during the offseason so I don't look that far ahead."
"It would have been a good year to be halfway decent. Any other year, we're in it right now. It gets harder each year. The body hurts a little worse. You can't play forever."
HOW TO WIN A BASEBALL GAME
"We had the 'Rally Panties' up today. A woman's undergarment--a large undergarment--was our rallying flag."
"If you (can) figure this team out, you'd be a genius. We're either all swinging the bats well or none of us are swinging the bats well. It doesn't matter if Cy Young or any other guy in the league is out there."
"I've got to leave something on my face. I'm not that good looking. I just wanted to mix it up and see what happens. We're 1-0 with my bald head."
"Oh, he's just now figuring that out? Of course our arms are weary. We're getting run through like a turnstile."
"Both are going to the instructional league. We're going to tell them to leave their bats at home."
"AND TODAY THE BAD GUYS WIN, 'CAUSE HE TURNED HIS CAPE IN..."
"Obviously [Greg Maddux] doesn't have quite the same stuff he used to. I have no problem at all with him wanting to come back."
"We all thought not too long ago he was heading to All-Star-type potential. He still has talent and he still has aptitude. He's still capable of being a very good player."
"That's just how it goes, and so be it. It's just a game, you know?"
"I'm not with Corey Patterson in the clubhouse, but if someone tells me it's just a game, they're telling me it doesn't really matter whether they win or lose. To me, that's a copout statement and something I would never say. If it's just a game for him, he doesn't have a passion for the game."
"In my experience, when a guy says 'it's just a game,' that's a code expression for 'I need to relax.' There might be no relationship to what they say and what's really going on inside."
"In the case of a slumping player or one who puts undue pressure on himself, it could be something he says to put it into perspective and keep it from getting bigger than it is. The word [just] is dangerous. There maybe were some better words he could have used."
MILK DOES A BATBOY GOOD
"It's kind of ridiculous that you get a 10-game suspension for steroids and a six-game suspension for milk."
"It's ridiculous that they worry about stuff like that. It shows they [the Marlins organization] don't know anything about the game. That kind of stuff goes on everywhere. It didn't affect the way he worked, the way he did his job."
"Similar to a rehab stint, we want to help this kid stay on top of his game. Instead of crying over spilt milk, we decided to offer him the honorary post."
"Just another day. Cakes? I don't eat cake. I don't celebrate birthdays. Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, the Christmas tree at Christmas time. ... All man-made holidays. I don't need to wait for someone to tell me it's a holiday or a day to eat turkey; I eat turkey almost every day. I don't need to wait to buy something for someone. If I see a bouquet of flowers I want to buy for my wife, I buy it."
"Scott knows I'm three steps faster than him. Seriously, I'm not a Scott Podsednik, and I'm probably not a leadoff hitter. I might have to go down when he comes back, but I'll do the best I can until then. I'm still learning up here."
"My experience with being an agent with a son that's a minor-league baseball player is that you send them money. His first year's W2 form I think he made something like $4,800. I think I did his taxes his first couple years. But when he got to Triple-A, he says it's time to get another agent. He said, 'Dad, I love you and I want to help you, but I think it's time to get some guys that really know what they're doing.' I had encouraged him to do that also."