December 12, 2005
The Week in Quotes
"In every trade proposal, he's asking for the other general manager's first born, plus two pitchers."
"On Opening Day of '98, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Craig Counsell, Edgar Renteria and Livan Hernandez were still there to get their rings. Who will be there next April? Dontrelle [Willis], Miguel [Cabrera] and Nate Bump."
PLEASE ALSO TRADE CSI:MIAMI FOR A SHOW TO BE NAMED LATER.
"I'm happy, and I'm relieved. It's been a tough two-week stretch now, just sitting and waiting to see if I'm the next one traded."
"We went through 11 baseball stadium plan failures. One involved using Saudi Arabian dollars to build next to Joe's Stone Crab restaurant."
"The White Sox were halfway to St. Petersburg when Chicago's civic leaders moved back the clock to 11:55 p.m. so they could pass a special bill to meet the deadline. It ain't over til it's over."
"There is no way to guarantee what's going to happen on the field. We continue to promise a competitive, affordable team that will provide entertainment for our fans."
"YOU PAY A GREAT DEAL TOO DEAR FOR WHAT'S GIVEN FREELY."
"The weather wasn't so great, the food was good, the drinks were good, the company was good. And I'm going to get on the plane pretty satisfied after filling a need. What we're going to do is walk away with a player that I've been after for a couple of years."
THE LEAST FLEXIBLE COMPONENT OF ANY SYSTEM IS THE PLAYER
"We had $2 million on Tony's contract. This frees up about $1.1 million for me to reallocate. Hopefully, I'll use it wisely."
"I think we're properly assessing the market; it's not as strong, especially in our areas of need. We shouldn't throw money around like drunken sailors at players that may not very well help us. We want to maintain flexibility, so in the event we have to adjust on the run, we're not locked in to the extreme where our hands are tied."
"It's a little different than the way my contract is, but whenever I can be a free agent again, I know how I'll handle things," he said. "Don't think I'm not looking forward to being a free agent again."
"I'm not too sure if what happened (to Baldelli) had happened to me, if it would have been handled the same way. I'm just happy to see the organization be generous like that. I hope if I'm injured and out for a year that I get the same kind of treatment."
"I'm going to play second base. I don't think they want me to play the outfield. I think that if they traded for me, it's to play second base. Obviously I have the control. Of course I'm not going to play the outfield."
"Usually when a team loses a lot of players, maybe they were a good group of guys but won just 80 or so games. But this team, this group of guys, maybe it wasn't the best team position by position, but we knew how to win together. It's strange how quick it's been dismantled."
"On the flip side, this isn't like the Florida Marlins blowing up their team because of money. They're replacing guys with great players like Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell and Mark Loretta, who is phenomenal. This is a team that has the money to replace guys. It's like a changing of the guard."
"This is the first time I've gone through free agency. It's a situation I don't know a whole lot about. It's been slow for me. I had a disappointing season personally for me. I'm working every day, training as hard as I can."
"I'm not a .270 hitter, I'm a .290 hitter. I average 20 home runs, not nine. I hit .300 with runners in scoring position, not .200. Everyone has an off year, and I'm going to do all that I can to get a job, go help somebody else out. I wish I could come back and do it all again, but the past season was a stinker. My job is to get back on track and make somebody proud again."
"I know he's not going to look good in black and gold. But then, I hear black makes a guy look skinny, so maybe he'll like that. I'm going to miss seeing him every day in the clubhouse. It just won't be the same without him."
"There's no parallel between those two (Clemens and Ryan). Nolan was still at the peak of his career. He wanted to pitch. Alan and Randy have said to Tim and I several times that Roger is 50-50 or more that he'll retire. Nolan was ready to negotiate, and Roger is not. Other than both of them being Texans, being two of the best pitchers ever and two great Texans, there's no parallel."
"It sounds bad, because it is drug abuse. And it is wrong because if you don't have a prescription for them, it's wrong. But it's not as wrong as it may sound like, and guys aren't ogres for doing it."
"Speaking as someone who played games in continual 104-degree heat in Texas, pitchers should definitely have an advantage in Saturday day games after Friday night games."
"My game on paper really doesn't look good, but you appreciate it more if you see it on a daily basis. The things I do don't really show up in the box
scores or the papers or things that people like to come see at a game."
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