October 17, 2005
The Week in Quotes
"It was a swing, our catcher caught it. Doug Eddings called him out, and somewhere along the line, because the guy [Pierzynski] ran to first base, he altered the call. He called him out, and that's what is disappointing. When an umpire calls a guy out and you're the catcher, and I've caught my share of them, he's out. He didn't call swing -- he ran up with his fist and said 'you're out.'"
"You're taught that if the third strike is in the dirt you run, and Josh didn't tag me. I think he thought he caught it. I just ran, and luckily it worked out."
"It was probably one of the best games of my career. We found my changeup in the middle innings, and in the seventh and eighth innings I made a couple of key pitches and had a ground ball and a couple of outs. But it was one of the best games of my career."
"Generally, if there's any question, I would either tag the guy or throw the ball to first or turn around and look at the umpire and show him the ball and get a definitive out call. I see both sides of the issue. I think in Josh Paul's mind, there was no question, and the replay seems to show he caught the ball. I understand why he assumed the batter was out, but by the same token he did reach down toward the ground."
"It was a horrible way to lose a game. In the catcher's mind, it was a full catch. Most umpires, if the catcher throws it out to the mound, they go by that. But the hitter, who's a catcher, sold it better. Take the doubt out of it. Don't assume anything."
WE HAVE NO TIME FOR SORROWS
"I laughed when I saw that. My first thought was 'What about Joe?'"
"I've been here with Joe for 10 years. This is by far the best job he's done. This year the job he's done was very special because he had a lot of things to battle through."
"It's been real difficult this last month because I've really enjoyed being here, seeing the guys bust their tails. But I guess I didn't forget very easily what went on during the course of the year, and I never wavered over the decision."
"You want to be appreciated wherever you go, and I don't think we were. I never heard anything to that effect. There is a lot of tugging and pulling and a lot of stuff I don't understand. But now, I don't have to worry about processing it anymore."
"You just never got the feeling you were part of the process. You were part of it, but a dispensable part of it. But that's all right. Maybe they had their own point of view, and they probably figured (we) weren't going to carry out what they wanted done. They have the right to bring in their own people. But I don't really look at it is I did a bad job or that I failed any kind of test. But whatever I had to offer, they didn't think it was valuable."
"I would just say exactly what I said (when Tracy's departure was announced), and that is that anybody who wears or has worn the Dodger uniform will absolutely get my public support. I have repeatedly said during the course of the past year that our manager and coaches have done everything they could to get the most out of all our players."
PERHAPS I CAN FIND NEW WAYS TO MOTIVATE THEM
"I still haven't figured out how you do this job. I see guys like [Atlanta Braves GM] John Schuerholz sitting there, watching a game with his legs crossed, chatting calmly. How do you do that? That was my problem as a player. I treated everything like a football game. I still do. Watching like crazy, picking apart every little thing that happens."
"There are a lot of little things that you definitely have to understand--not only as an individual but as a group--to get it done. The personnel is here. It's [learning] the importance of the intangibles and the little things that is the difference in winning and losing"
"It's so intriguing to watch how [the Cardinals] go about their business. It's baseball the way it's supposed to be played. It's such a methodical beatdown if you allow it to happen."
DIFFICULT TO SEE. ALWAYS IN MOTION IS FUTURE.
"I not campaigning for anything. I have the upmost respect for Joe Torre... I heard about the story in the New York Post today and, quite frankly, I was asked by Fox to talk to that particular writer who was a broadcast analyst. How that got on the sports page I don't know."
"I'd like to manage again, but outside that, there's no timetable or anything like that. There's nothing going on, absolutely not. The guy that I talked to yesterday was a reporter that Fox wanted me to call to talk about my broadcasting time."
"I'm unemployed, okay? I'd like to manage again. I don't want to end my career with three 90-plus loss years. I don't want to end it that way. But if it happens, it happens. If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. That's basically it. Believe me, there's nothing going on."
"SIR, I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOUR MANAGER LEARNED TO COMMUNICATE, BUT IT HAS THE MOST PECULIAR DIALECT."
"You cannot buy a World Series ring on the streets. Ask Alex Rodriguez, he's got millions of dollars and no rings. That's why I say, 'God bless Derek Jeter. He's got a lot of money and a lot of rings.'"
"Oh, I got a lot of jobs. Maybe not analyst on ESPN, because my English is not that good. I would sit next to Jerry [Reinsdorf] and criticize the players. That's an easy job."
"Jerry has, I don't know, six NBA [championship] rings? I guarantee he would throw those things away just to have one in baseball. Just one. And I guarantee you, if we win this thing, Jerry would never wear a Bulls ring again."
"I want to win it for him. I do. A lot of people think I'm kissing his [butt] but I don't. I just want to win it for him. He deserves that. He earned that. I want to win it for Jerry and for [GM] Kenny [Williams], the fans, for myself, for the players, whoever it is. But more important, I want to win it for Jerry. I think this guy took a lot of time in his life to bring a winning team to Chicago."
"Michael Jackson, everybody wants to see how he looks in a uniform. With Michael Jordan, we tried that and that don't work either. It's true. If you don't win, you're not going to bring anybody to the ballpark, I don't care who you [sign]."
"With the White Sox, in other seasons, every time they made the playoffs they said, 'Wow, that made our year. Not me. If we went to the playoffs and lose, it would be disappointing. That's not my goal. My goal is not to go to the first round, it's to win everything. We might not make it, but that's my goal."
"They are the best. They are a great escape, just incredible. I get so involved that it's almost like I am going to cry with those characters."
"There would have to be a lot of talking to convince me to come back. Joe [Torre] had mentioned a few days ago, joking that, 'I think you've found a niche' or that I have a niche if this is something I want to do as far as coming in and flipping a few curveballs and getting a couple of lefties out."
"Joe-Joe, sometimes it looks like he doesn't have a pulse out there. That comes up big in big situations, because he doesn't get amped up, he doesn't try to overdo anything. He just stays within himself, and I'm just so happy for the guy."
"The doctor described it as a train wreck. It's serious. He bumped his back, hit his head, and he has some sore spots all over his body. I don't think he broke anything, but he's bruised quite a bit all over."
"I just don't like the Houston lineup. There's too many weak spots, too many guys you can pitch to and get out. You get the feeling their pitcher could throw a shutout and not win."
"I think that's ridiculous. Look what they've done. Look at the consistent improvement they've made. We can still force a playoff game.
"You guys have written us off 25 times this year. I don't think you have the right to ask that question when game No. 162 is still meaningful."