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October 10, 2005
The Week in Quotes
October 3-9THE GAME YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ABOUT
"I don't really relish what those guys have to go through. Next thing I know, I'm out there by myself. There's not a lot to do; flick seeds, chew gum, talk to the fans. That's about all there was to do."
"He's one of my idols now. How can you not love the way that this guy plays and the preparation that he goes through? Who knows what was going through his mind out there in the bullpen. He just shut everybody down."
"The only surprise is that [Clemens] didn't hit a home run when he batted in the 18th. I mean, this guy's life is a Hollywood story, right? I just figured that's how it had to end."
"I was looking down the bench and I was looking at a lot of guys with tennis shoes on. We had played every single guy. I wanted to let Phil know I could probably come from down under to throw a couple of innings if they need it. That's where we were coming from."
"Fastball ran up and in. It had a little bit of late movement, but luckily I was able to stay inside of it enough and get enough of it to get it out. I knew I hit it well enough. Luckily, we don't have that deep of a left-field fence, so I had a pretty good idea it was gone."
"Everyone was congratulating me, patting me on the back. I had several people say I should buy a lottery ticket or go to Vegas."
MAN WILL NOT MERELY ENDURE. HE WILL PREVAIL.
"I was hoping we could get out of it with a run. I have to give [manager Ozzie Guillen] credit. There was very serious debate whether El Duque was on the roster, but Ozzie and [pitching coach] Don Cooper wanted him and [general manager] Kenny Williams deferred to [them]. He came up big."
"He's the only experienced guy in the bullpen. I wasn't afraid, but players get nervous … anxious, and I was a little worried about it. He's a big-time, postseason player. He has cold blood."
"This team is special in the playoffs. They went through the worst time in September and built character. They're loose again. It's just like the first part of the season when the wins were coming, and everyone was saying, 'Is this team is for real?' It's for real. I wish I were playing."
MY WAY'S NOT VERY SPORTSMANLIKE
"I just think there's a code of honor when so much is on the line. You hope people do the right thing, but you can't control what people do. It is what it is."
"I think they certainly deserved that acknowledgement. I do believe there were 161 other games played this year, if I'm not mistaken. And certainly I am not going to get into who started for the Yankees [Sunday] or which players were taken out of their game that they played or what somebody's payroll is and all that stuff."
WELL, YOU HAVE A SWEET BIKE. AND YOU'RE LIKE THE ONLY GUY ON THE TEAM WITH A MUSTACHE.
"Obviously my health is one issue, but we'll see what my wife wants to do. She does all the traveling with my kids, and if she says, `Honey, stay home,' I wouldn't fight it off too hard."
"This town is really hard to live in. I couldn't go out this year. Everyone wants your autograph, wants to take your picture. It's not fun and me and my family got annoyed by that. Now, I understand why fans do that and that's never going to change. I do understand that and don't blame them. The fans here, they're supportive as anything, but they have to understand us. We go through this (expletive) and wind up having to live like hermits."
AND DID YOU SUCCEED? YES! YOU DID INDEED! 98 AND THREE QUARTERS PERCENT GUARANTEED!
"It's unbelievable. I'm speechless. I'm definitely honored. It's been a lot of hard work and a long road."
"I know there were other things, but just coming back from being sick, knowing where I was last year when I couldn't get out of bed. To come in, play well and help this team get to the playoffs, it's unbelievable."
"I'm so proud of where he came from and where he is now. That starts with him flying to New York in the winter to address the media the best that he could, and not running or hiding from anything."
"It's not really [an award] you want to have, as far as the things you've had to go through to get it. But it's one that I will cherish forever."
"Anytime somebody takes time out of their day to push a button for you, that means a lot. That means they care about you and they want you to go out there and play. That includes the All-Star Game and things like that. When the fans vote for you, it means a lot."
"IF YOU ARE PATIENT IN ONE MOMENT OF ANGER, YOU WILL ESCAPE ONE HUNDRED DAYS OF SORROW."
"We're the (expletive) Dodgers. We should be like the Yankees. The Yankees don't rebuild. They go out and get what they need to win. We have the resources to be like that; 3.6 million fans came out this year. We get, what, $40 million from TV revenue without doing a thing."
"I don't want to be here if we're just going to play kids and rebuild. Yeah, I put my name on a contract, and I respect that. But the Dodgers' logo was on top of that contract - not the Milwaukee Brewers or the Las Vegas 51s."
"Is it going to help? Absolutely. But we need a lot. We're in L.A. It's an embarrassment to the city. It's an embarrassment to the fans. It's an embarrassment to everyone who came before us and wore the Dodger uniform to have a year like this."
"The Dodgers make money. The fans show up. You have to give back. As a business, you have to make money. But you have to take risk to make money and in baseball that means paying for players."
"We want to win as much as Eric Gagne does. We will spend what it takes to win. I've said it over and over and over again, so all our fans hear it loud and clear."
"I close games; I can't save losses. I'll be in a situation in a year where I can choose a team that wants to win. I love the Dodgers and want to be a Dodger. I really like the McCourts and their attitude. I want them to know that they can make a lot of money by winning."
"We have resources for trades. We have a lot of money. This year, we didn't have the Dodger brand. They bought the brand and we have to put that back in the minds of fans and throughout baseball, that we are the Dodgers."
"But I also don't want to be fooled by the fact that you spend $144 million on free agents and it's a magic elixir to win. It's more complicated than that. It requires a long- and short-term commitment to win."
"Tracy is a great man, a great manager and I thought we should have kept him. He built something here. Now they have to rebuild it. It doesn't happen overnight. Now, whoever comes in has to get to know everybody. We didn't lose because of Tracy."
"In terms of the gist of what [Gagne] is saying, that this is the Dodgers, this is L.A. and we need to be thinking of ourselves as a great franchise, I agree with that sentiment wholeheartedly. It's a big job and it's not easy. We're committed and energized by that."
"If someone is going to get traded, I think it would be me. But I'm not sure that somebody is necessarily going to be traded."
"At one point, I think we had five hits, and they had four. We had a run. They had five. So that's so much for small ball."
"I was just sitting back and letting him enjoy it over there. I have to say I was pretty excited for that kid."
"That's like comparing Figgy [Chone Figgins] and Bengie [Molina] running, isn't it? Is that bad to say?"
"It's the Big Diesel Freight Train vs. the Little Engine That Could. I'm just a guy who is not going to overpower you. I'm going to change speeds, I'm going to work corners and try to keep you off-balance…. It will be as contrasting as styles could possibly be in my mind."
"I didn't quite know he was going to turn into the teen idol he turned into. Back then, he had like a flat top, like he had when he first came over here. I never envisioned him with long hair, but I'm glad he did it because it made him kind of famous."
"I like being associated with a winning franchise."
"It's that old thing that they always look at: wins. This game has always looked at wins as a big deal. It's one of those categories that's kind of out of your control. You can only do so much to get a win. Sometimes, you come up short. You can't blame it on Johan."
"That guy, did you see the movie 'Multiplicity,' with Michael Keaton? I think they keep making a bunch of Chone Figginses. He keeps making big plays no matter where they put him."