November 28, 2005
The Week in Quotes
November 21-27THEY'RE GRIZZLED VETERANS. THEY'VE BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK. THEY KNOW.
"I don't believe in guys being untouchables. I think there's a deal out there for anybody. If Alex Rodriguez got traded at some point, then anybody can get traded."
"We signed him for a reason. Carl Pavano didn't succeed in New York his first year because of an injury. Physically, he wasn't right. When he's physically healthy and ready to go, we expect to see the pitcher we signed."
"We're not governed by what somebody else offered. To say somebody else offered X and that we'll sign with you for X minus a million dollars and describe that as a 'San Diego discount,' that misrepresents the entire process."
"Making that trade wasn't a mistake. The mistake was in signing Ruben Sierra to a long-term contract because of this apparent linkage between making the trade and keeping the player long term. Signing Ruben Sierra to a long-term contract was a horrible mistake."
HE HITS, HE SQUATS, THE ENGLISH IS OPTIONAL.
"When we met with him [in Seattle], he made a point of using English as much as he could. That leads me to believe he will be fine. He is going to have to pick up English and Spanish to a limited degree and we have to have some patience with him."
"I think, given the facts he has started his English lessons and has a strong desire to play over here, language won't be an issue. I don't anticipate it taking him a long time to catch up. Kenji is a good baseball player, number one. And it has been my experience that good players know how to get people out."
"He's communicated with American pitchers his entire career, and somehow they've thrown the pitch he's wanted them to throw, where he's wanted them to throw it. Understanding the use of an adjective or an adverb and figuring out verb tenses won't help you play baseball in the States. It's all about learning pitchers and teammates."
"I don't know much Japanese, but we've taught them all kinds of English slang to help lighten the mood. Like, 'What's up, kid?' 'What's up, dawg?' and 'Come on, dude.'"
"I'LL KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET -- FAMILY. RELIGION. FRIENDSHIP. THESE ARE THE THREE DEMONS YOU MUST SLAY IF YOU WISH TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS."
"We're going to do everything possible short of bankruptcy to win. Obviously, we have to make some moves. What they will be, I don't know yet. We're looking at several options. But we need more batting power."
"We've worked with three different ownership groups in an effort to get a stadium in South Florida. The Marlins have won two world championships, it's time for them to get a stadium done."
"There are no more deadlines. No more fake deadlines. No more real deadlines. This is about the Florida Marlins trying to save its franchise. We need a place to play after 2010, and we don't have one. Right now, the earliest [the team can be] opening a stadium is 2010. So we really don't have any wiggle room left. Discussions will begin in earnest."
"Jeffrey will never sell this franchise--ever. He will not sell it to any other local owners because he is the local owner of this franchise. Jeffrey Loria is our biggest season-ticket holder. Jeffrey Loria is our biggest sponsor. He's our biggest supporter with the checks he's written for this franchise."
"[Commissioner Bud Selig] believes South Florida should have baseball, but enough time has passed . . . The commissioner has decided we are going to get a stadium or look at alternatives."
"I don't blame them for seeking an alternative to make their franchise more profitable. I thought with the teams we were putting together, that would have definitely help establish a tradition down here, a winning tradition that would spark some movement on the stadium front."
DON'T YOU DARE USE THE F-WORD AROUND ME OR MY CHILDREN!
"[The term 'fire sale'] has a connotation that is very frustrating to me. You don't need a GM or an owner for that. Actually, all you need is just a booth. You stand there and say, 'Here are our players, come get them. First come, first served, quick as you can.'"
"That's not what this is. This is a deliberate effort by the Marlins to correct what ails them and what ails us is the amount of money lost and the irresponsibility of continuing to lose that money."
"It would have a sports complex that would have rivaled any major-league city. And the city of Miami and the elected and appointed officials decided they didn't like ownership, they didn't think we had money. They just wanted to go a different direction."
THE HOT STOVE BURNS PEOPLE INDISCRIMINANTLY!
"I've been talking to Mikey every hour. If we go to Boston next year, Mikey is going to tear it up, mark my words."
"In the middle of Thanksgiving dinner, I signed off on the final letter agreement on the Mets. I hadn't quite got to dessert yet--which is unusual for me--when the Boston deal was done. I'm going to eat leftovers."
"It wasn't the fact that we would have to take Mike. It's that we wanted Mike. We look for him to bounce back extremely well from last year. At 31 years old, he certainly has many years ahead of him. The fact that he had an off year does not distract from his value in our eyes."
"That's what I love about the game--being part of the team. I see in Ryan Howard what someone saw in me when I broke into the big leagues. And now it's time for both of us to seize the opportunity ahead of us. It's a win-win situation."
"Pat called me just before Thanksgiving and said, 'I hate to ruin your holiday, but we're going to trade Thome.' After I talked to him awhile, I told him I was going to go sit in my bedroom and cry. It was tough to let Jimmy go. We go way back."
"It's not fun. It's almost like a cartoon, the ball is in the mitt before you see it. And the difference between Billy and a lot of closers is that he throws inside. And when he throws that slider of his that looks like a fastball, before you know it, it buries in on your back foot. No, it's not fun at all."