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January 9, 2006
The Week in Quotes
January 3-8IT'S ALWAYS TEASE TEASE TEASE
"There will be no trade. I'm staying in Boston, where I'm familiar with the system and where I have a lot of friends, especially David Ortiz."
"I know the American League system. That's one reason I don't want to go to the National League. I also want to play for a contender, and I think with Boston, I'm assured of that."
"He told me that this has been bothering him since he said it and he felt bad about this. He said that all he wanted was for this team to improve. He said, 'I want to stay and I don't want you guys to trade me.' "
"I'm done with that. I really want to stay, you know. I don't want to have this thing bothering my mind. I want to be relaxed. I don't want to hear people saying things about me. If [the Orioles] don't want to make a good team, I'll wait till they get rid of me."
"He said he was upset at the time, and what he said was wrong. I told him, 'Miggy, we understand. That's why everyone loves you because you want to win. But we cannot win without you.' I told him that he better hurry up [rescinding his demand] because they are going to trade you."
"One thing I can tell you is that ... if you want to be Baltimore, [Mr. Angelos] will do everything for you, but if you don't, he's not going to force you to stay here. That's the way it's supposed to be."
"I know I'm really angry because they have not made a better team than we had last year, but that's their thing. I'm an employee there. I only work there. I will keep working the way I work. I'll put my head down and do my job."
AND YOU'RE NEVER GONNA SURVIVE, UNLESS SOMEONE IS A LITTLE CRAZY
"That's crazy that they came after me two years in a row. A lot of things change, but they still wanted me."
"Aw, come on, I'm not going to complain. I chartered the planes, and I got a new team now. It wasn't that bad."
"I don't really care that much about the dimensions or the short porch, to be honest. I'll take singles with runners on base when it counts. I'll take doubles to that big gap in left-center."
"Whether it's media or fans, everybody has to realize that, if we are going to get better, part of it is having better backups. Through ownership, we've been able to increase payroll, so you're going to have the opportunity to have quality backups. Craig brings things that we need. He has power, gets on base and has versatility in the field. To me, that piece makes a lot of sense for us."
"My feeling is we had an agreement. Obviously, the agent didn't feel we did. My personal feeling is it sets a bad precedent when that's allowed to happen."
"That's how Peter plays general manager. He uses medical reasons to kill or change a deal if he doesn't like it."
"I see guys who have signed two-year deals and know I'm better than that guy. I know I can get guys out. I believe in myself. I know I'll go to spring training, bust my (rear) and make a team."
NOW RAISE YOUR GOBLET OF ROCK!
"If things change, maybe at some point it would be possible for me to return to the Red Sox."
"Not really. I was wondering about that beforehand, but it's the same old friends, the same old familiar faces. None of us are really here in our professional capacities--especially me, because I don't have one. But we're just here to make money for a great cause and work together. It's a great event and that's what happened."
"This whole offseason, I've been playing small shows in different places. Mohegan Sun, Plymouth Memorial Hall. I'm just having a good time playing shows, and I'll get to the seriousness of baseball real soon."
"I think musicians have a much harder life than we do. They're constantly on the road, eating pizza and Taco Bell. But we get a chance to come every day to the ballpark, get massages and feel good."
"We threw this together in about three weeks back in 2000. We had no idea what it was going to be. There was a band called Carlton Fisk from New York, and there was a band from Boston called Thurman Munson and they had a fistfight in the dressing room during the concert. That was the last appearance form Thurman Munson. Thank God, because they were terrible."
"No. I remember when I was little, seeing Terry Bradshaw's CD and seeing how brutal that thing was, and right then and there I realized, no matter how much I might think I can string a few chords together, I'll never make that mistake, although I reserve the right to change my mind."
"I finally convinced the New York writers to say hello to me when they passed my locker. I said it didn't matter that I wasn't pitching, they could still talk to me. My problem is I talk too much."
"If two future Hall of Famers like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter can figure it out, then I'm sure the Diamondbacks, with Drew and Upton, will make it work, too."
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