December 19, 2005
The Week in Quotes
December 12-18YOU COULD HAVE AT LEAST SAID YOU WERE REHEARSING A PLAY OR SOMETHING
"I never said I wanted to be traded. I said I want to see a better team. I don't want to keep losing like we have the past two years."
"I don't want to take anything away from the pitchers we have, but we need more. We need an ace. I think they've got to make some moves. That's why I'm upset. I hope the fans won't be mad at me. But I think me speaking up might actually help the team get better."
"Look at the division we're in. It's not easy to win without pitching. I'm not saying I don't like the team or the city. If they trade me, I don't want people to think I just want to go to a winning team. I just want the organization to do something, go get pitching."
TELL ME, O MUSE, OF THE INGENIOUS HERO WHO TRAVELLED FAR AND WIDE AFTER HE HAD SACKED THE FAMOUS TOWN OF SEATTLE
"We've really come a long way. We've changed the economic landscape. I believe in the old hope and faith theory. You've got to have hope and faith. That's our sport. It means so much to so many people. So in 2001, the Diamondbacks win. In 2002, the Angels win. In 2003, the Marlins win. In 2004, the Boston Red Sox win. In 2005, the Chicago White Sox win. Yeah, it does my heart a lot of good. It's great. But at the same time, we have strong teams in New York and that's important, very important. We'll always have some problems. We've got some stadium problems we've just got to solve. But the grand old game is just really clicking along."
"It's been a quite a run, for a guy who got off the plane in Milwaukee, with Tom Werner, who then owned the Padres, Bobby Brown, president of the American League, and George W. Bush, then the managing partner of the Texas Rangers. We flew back to watch Robin Yount get his 3,000th hit that night, which you well remember."
"And my wife was waiting for us at the airport. And she said, in her typical voice: 'Buddy, what does this mean?' Because I hadn't had the guts to call and tell her, to be honest with you. And I said: 'Two to four months, Sue, don't worry about it, it won't affect a thing.' Here we are, 13-plus years later. Hard to believe."
"When I took over on Sept. 9, 1992, the clubs had spent the last 25 years, and actually longer, fighting with each other, fighting with commissioners, all of my predecessors, fighting with the players association, just fighting with everybody. One of the reasons that our sport was drifting badly was that all a lot of people ever read about was our off-the-field squabbles."
"I know that we're doing great when all the attention is one field. I'm proud of the fact I was able to take my John Fetzer training-he was one of the great visionaries of the sport, he owned the Detroit Tigers for 30 years-and he taught me that everything that I do I should view it in only one context. And that's what in the best interests of the sport. I'd ride to every owners meeting with him. And I remember once in 1970 or '71, he voted for something that was clearly not in the best interests of, as he used to say, 'the Detroit baseball club.' And I said to him: 'John, why did you do that?' He said: 'It was in the best interests of baseball.'"
"I've tried to tell that to the owners, right from the beginning. We had some very painful times in the '90s. We had a meeting at the beginning at Kohler (Wis.) that was a disaster. But slowly, but surely, it changed. And I'm proud of that. The clubs have been magnificent."
"We're doing things we never thought possible. Today we share over $300 million in revenue sharing and we have a payroll tax. Changed the scheduling format. Changed the umpiring. Changed everything. We've formed a partnership with the players' union on many fronts. It's been the most active decade in baseball history. But we did it in a very constructive and peaceful manner. No litigation, no threats, no nothing. Is there work to be done? You bet there is. But I'm very proud of what we've done and the fact that the sport is flourishing. As it should. It's the best game in the world."
"I was kind of hoping it didn't get into the paper. I'm sure some of the guys will let me know about it this spring."
IF YOU SMELL WHAT THE SOCK IS COOKIN'
"This is perfect for A.J. because wrestling is all about controversy, and he won't even get in trouble for this. People actually love him for doing this. It's a perfect situation."
"Being on the Oprah [Winfrey] Show probably has to be No. 1 because it's Oprah, but this isn't far behind, I'll tell you that. It's pretty cool because I was a wrestling fan growing up. How could I say no to getting a chance to get in the ring?"
"He was incredible. I think A.J. missed his calling as a wrestler. I couldn't be any prouder of him. He took to this like a fish to water. It was awesome."
IF YOU HAVE A FAILING, IT'S THAT YOU'RE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF. IF YOU HAVE A FAILING.
"I had no control over a lot of what happened last season. The changes weren't made because I did anything wrong. They took an opportunity away from me and asked me to be a bench guy. I didn't whine about it. I still needed to get my work in."
"Simply put, we struggle to manufacture runs. We have the power component. Tony Womack provides speed and a stolen base threat that we sorely need."
"Obviously, we are looking for a ground ball/fly ball ratio that fits our profile. The market is thin, but there are still some trade possibilities to explore."
"Maybe we can get [Miguel] Tejada to start and [Omar] Vizquel as middle relief."
"He's got the most unique set of stats. He keeps driving in runs and keeps hitting the ball over the fence, but there are some things that don't equate. It's not ideal, but you're getting a tradeoff here."
"Come watch me play. I've been booed here. I enjoy it. I don't mind the boos. You get booed when you can play. If no one ever said anything about me good or bad, you'd kind of second-guess yourself."