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January 23, 2006
The Week in Quotes
January 16-22BACK TO YOU / IT ALWAYS COMES AROUND / BACK TO YOU
"I'm back without a trace. You should have changed those stupid locks. Now I'm back without a trace. Who sings it? Is it Gloria Gaynor? You weren't surprised, were you?"
"My first year in Toronto, I talked to Billy Beane every day. My second year, I talked to Billy Beane every day. My fifth year, I talked to him almost every day. It's not a matter of asking him for advice. That's where your comfort is."
"I would say probably yes, because of the credibility Theo has. I'll say this about Theo: He's always had guts. He's going to continue to have guts. What these two guys did in his place, whether he was informing them or not, took guts."
SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW
"It's a bit surprising that (the Mets) would trade a proven 200-inning guy who has shown the ability to pitch in New York with the uncertainty over Pedro's toe."
"The Mets and their fans definitely got the raw end of the deal, and Kris is going to do amazing in Baltimore. I am sexy and I don't shy away from that."
A FROLIC OF THEIR OWN
"It may be unusual, but it seems, according to the contract, they have the exclusive right to be unusual."
"Somebody needed to tell me that. Maybe I wouldn't have bought the team."
HE LIKES THEM YOUNG, AFTER ALL
"Some people say he might not like young players, that he likes veterans. But I'm here to say firsthand, he's been great to me. He's done things that have really helped me."
REJECT YOUR SENSE OF INJURY AND THE INJURY ITSELF DISAPPEARS
"I don't need to see them, they're not good obviously, there's no doctor in the world that's going to look at it and say 'Hey, it looks like a good shoulder.'"
"There's no question I'm trying to play. Is it going to work? I don't know either. I don't think anybody can say. That's why the Astros are doing what they are doing [in identifying other options]. That's understandable, there's a lot of money out there that's guaranteed to me, and if I can't play they want to try to recoup some of that and I understand that. I know they're trying to protect themselves with this insurance claim and I understand that very much so. But I still think I should be given the right to go to Spring Training."
"If I get to the second week of February and I can't lift my arm, obviously I'm not going to do that to them. If I can't do that and I know I can't, I'm not going to just show up, that wouldn't be right either. My plan right now is to try to go to Spring Training and play."
"I CAN MAKE SENSE OUT OF YESTERDAY. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF THAT?"
"I don't know if I'm supposed to thank Tony for yelling at me to back up, or thank our pitchers for getting the ball up in the zone and keeping me in the highlights."
"One day, I'll hopefully pitch here in St. Louis. I love Chicago right now, and if they signed me to a lifetime deal, I'd sign it. But if I get the opportunity to put that (Cardinals) uniform on for at least one game, I'll do it."
"The only thing I'm concerned about is the tampering charge I will have tomorrow. There may be a bill for $250,000 tomorrow."
"I don't think I have won the job yet. There are a bunch of players in the organization that are really good. I'm, by no means, assuming that I'm the Opening Day third baseman. But just knowing that they would trade Vinny shows how confident they are in me and my skills. That gives me more confidence and more to work for."
"No, I can't tell you how much a weak hitting shortstop for the Washington Nationals should make, much less what the leader of the largest financial institution in the world should make. The market sets those."
"Oh my goodness, what a difference. I really think that if we can get off to a good start, we will compete. It's not like guys need to have monster years, either. They just need to do what they are capable of."
"Castilla, Mirabelli and Bellhorn have been on championship ballclubs before and know how to win. I like the climate of the team."
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