December 5, 2005
The Week in Quotes
November 28-December 4
"There's a difference between winning and being competitive. In the end, I thought [the Phillies] were more interested in being competitive than winning."
"My goal is to get to the Hall of Fame and win a World Series. There's no doubt [Mets] ownership has resources and a competitive edge. They'll do whatever it takes to win. That's a huge plus."
"I knew they wouldn't match all the Mets had done. They were still worried about age and all that stuff organizations worry about. While the Phillies were getting rid of one guy, the Mets were buying up talent, and that's hard to overlook."
"I'm sure I'll be treated the same way everyone else is. I'll be heckled. The fans there are passionate. They're going to think I ran to the money--which I guess they would have passed up--but I get heckled in every park. It's part of the game."
AND WITH THE JOY OF RESPONSIBILITY COMES THE BURDEN OF OBLIGATION
"It's not my concern how a city manager views the way we run our business. There are seven cities that are working hard to get Major League Baseball, not including South Florida. There are seven elected officials who realize what being a major-league city means."
"David is a very, very difficult person to deal with. He's very sensitive. When we argue, he pouts. He's pouting right now. . . . It's going to be very difficult to do a deal while David is pouting."
"It's disturbing as a resident of South Florida that decisions are being made that may not necessarily reflect the desires of its constituents. . . . [It's] disheartening that Mr. Arriola continues in vain to try to get Jeffrey Loria to sell the team to an owner that is somehow connected to him."
I LOOK UP TO YOU BECAUSE YOU LET ME DOWN
"We would never, ever have signed with New York if they had said they were going to trade us. I was Miss [Politically Correct] for the Mets the entire time I was there."
EVERYTHING MUST GO!
"I believe it's a market that can handle baseball. I'm just not sure if it's a baseball market yet."
"I don't think baseball can abandon the Miami market. If MLB does let that market go vacant, I think it'll be one of the biggest mistakes they ever made."
"Everybody got excited in 1997 and then they got smacked in the face. They won't go back for another round when that happens. ... If every time you went to McDonald's there was someone there who threw water in your face, you wouldn't go back, either."
"It wasn't a pleasant experience, because we had just won a championship with those players, so I don't think anybody was enthused about that. But they were marching orders that we followed."
"They were getting 50 cents on the dollar in '98. This is not the same thing that happened in '98. The only thing that's similar is the unified anger of the fans."
"It's a [term] that has a connotation that is very frustrating to me. In a fire sale, you don't need a GM or an owner for that. You actually just need a booth. You stand there and say, `Here's our players. Come get them. First come, first serve. As quick as you can.' That's not what this is."
MY BUSINESS IS MY BUSINESS
"If it will mean that I don't have to answer any more questions, then we're done. We'll always play with things here and there. You certainly don't want to disrupt what was a successful year for us; you want to enhance it. We'll look at a couple of things here and there."
"I'd encourage all of you (media) to put down the notebooks and stop listening to the rumor mill and ignore us for a while. We would rather have people not thinking we're doing anything out there and getting something done than a lot of talk about us and getting nothing done."
"Each club has to do what each club has to do. I don't think anybody should have to explain itself as to how it spends its money."
"Center field is not easy to fill. That's why I continue to say that Bubba Crosby could very well be that guy. I know he's sitting at home somewhere saying, 'I hope they don't do anything.' "
"It's a town that absolutely inhales baseball. I'm very excited. On a scale of one to 10, I'd probably say I'm about an 11."
"There's big arm strength there, but there's not much life on the fastball. He can light up a radar gun, that's for sure. They talk about the slider, but it's more of a cement mixer than a real good slider."
"It rains every day. People wake up and they have tickets to the game and they just decide, `Hey, I'm not going to go. I'm not going to go sit out there.' And the day games, it's so hot, it's ridiculous to try to sit out there."
"I'm not disappointed. I was glad to be on the ballot. I came in second, and I don't make the calls or do the votes. If I would have voted, I would have voted for myself."
"Tommy took great liberty to say he was at his favorite restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, but I wonder how many times a day he says that."