November 21, 2005
The Week in Quotes
"I was tough on myself because I always expect to play very good baseball. My one regret is that I thought I could have walked 10 or 12 times, passed the baton and been a little more patient."
"He had a better season than me. He deserved [the MVP award] after he had that many years being that consistent and that good. ... I respect him a lot. He's a tremendous hitter. He's got a really good idea what he's doing at the plate."
"I tried to hide it, but I couldn't. It was bad almost since the season started. That treatment that we did last offseason helped me out a lot, but I played a lot of games in spring training, and I work real hard in the offseason and in spring training to prepare myself for the season."
"But at the same time, I did it in 2004. I played with the injury. I didn't think about it. And the same thing this year. I wasn't going to think about it. When the game started, I would just leave it in the past."
MR. SELIG, HOW IS THE OWNER SEARCH GOING FOR THE NATIONALS?
"It feels great. You have no idea. I think it's just sinking in now, frankly, to be very candid. I poured my heart out to the clubs today about all the stuff that's gone on during the last six to eight months. I'm glad we had this opportunity. It was a very easy ratification."
"I meant what I've said--this was a matter of right and wrong. This was our integrity. The [national] reaction to this proves not only that it's the right thing but that we have the toughest program in professional sports. And that's the way it's supposed to be."
AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER...
"So many times we've seen guys test positive and then say they were just using supplements or vitamins. Now, with a 50-game suspension, there can't be any loopholes in the testing or margin for error. There can't be any mess-ups. You're dealing with guys who have to take care of their families, and 50 games is a good chunk of the season."
"You hope it is [clean], that way you don't have any false positives. If you do, you're kind of ruining a guy's season. As long as the testing process is pretty solid, I don't see anything wrong with it."
"Everyone has enough notice now, so you have to be careful with everything you take. Even if you have a smoothie in some store, and you don't know what kind of supplements they use in smoothie stores, or if they wash all off their canisters really good, you just have to be really precautionary with everything you do."
"I'm a big believer in hard-working people, and I'm a hard-working man. I'm going to support the policy 100 percent. We are now going to see who the true players are."
"If someone's dumb enough to use steroids nowadays, with all the information that's out there about long-term health risks, they shouldn't be in the game. They should be getting help somewhere so they can lead a healthy life."
RESTLESS IN SEATTLE
"Winning isn't everything. Sometimes you're so happy about winning that you forget things that you could have done better. You need to always think about what you can do to improve."
"Put it this way: in a rough season, when you have so many young guys, they're just happy to be in the big leagues. They're out of the minors. They're going to different cities. They're making big-league money. Who cares if they win or lose?"
"With guys like [Yuniesky] Betancourt or [Jose] Lopez, it's hard to tell them, 'Hey, it's time to win.' It's overwhelming. Give them some time to shine. Maybe next year you tell them that it's time to buckle down."
"If anybody were to call Ichiro a selfish person, I'd love for them to tell that to my face. What I see in Ichiro is beyond unselfish. He has one goal. Win. He was doing whatever he could to help the team out."
AND THEY ALSO LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER...
"They are a piece of the puzzle, but just part of it. There's character, work ethic, credibility, approach to life. And at the end of the day, you look at the stats, but they don't tell the story."
IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
"He's got a lot of the same attributes makeup-wise that [Ryan] Dempster has. He's a gutsy guy, wants the ball every day."
"Without taking my medication, it's hard for me to do two things at once, and pitching and getting people out is two things at once for me. Since I started taking the medication in April '02, the results have been completely different. You can say maybe I grew up, but I don't believe that."
"Maybe it's a test from a higher power to come back to the same place. I guess the good Lord wants me to get rid of my fears."
"Look, the Diamondbacks are a classy organization. They are decent and respectful people. This has nothing to do with the Diamondbacks as an organization. Arizona is just a geographical nightmare for Javier."
"We're going to be aggressive. We're not going to be foolish, but we know where the market is going."
"I'm a man. You're not going to hurt my feelings one way or another. If you think I'm older and my best years are behind me, that's OK. If you want to play Ryan Howard, that's OK. You don't win the rookie of the year without being a good player. I understand the business side of baseball."
"At the time I signed with the Phillies, I never even thought about the no-trade clause. I signed a six-year deal, and I honestly thought it would take me to retirement. But I am thinking about it now because my name is out there and they haven't said, 'Jim Thome is our first baseman.'"
"I am leaning toward hanging up the cleats and possibly putting on the broadcaster's blazer. Maybe a very colorful crazy tweed like Lindsey Nelson's jacket."