February 6, 2006
The Week in Quotes
January 30-February 5
"He's a cocky kid, like [Carl] Pavano. He'll tell you to go to hell. But I love the kid, I love his competitiveness. A super kid, one of my favorites. I'd be getting on [him], riding him, and sometimes he hated [me]. He might not talk to me for four or five days. But then he started to see the results, and realized that I was trying to do things for him, trying to help him be a 20-game winner."
"People talk about [A.J.] Burnett, how he had the greatest arm in the National League. And he does. But you've got to have more. If someone said to me, who'd you take, [Burnett or Beckett], I'd say, 'No question, I'll take the guy Boston got. Because he's a winner."
"It was wonderful. I woke up at 5 o'clock and couldn't sleep. I made coffee and tried to settle down before I came out here to see what presents were under the Christmas tree."
"That's going to be the biggest difference--having a [pitching coach] who actually set foot on the field. A guy who had a long career, and was successful doing it. It'll probably be a little easier getting some things across to the younger guys, since he did do it himself."
"I wasn't up here very long [in 2005], so I didn't get a chance to get to know 'ol Leo. I didn't talk to him much. I just remember my first bullpen. He was watching. I was like, 'Don't throw one in the dirt.'"
AH, COMMISSIONERS. THEY MAKE THE HIGHS HIGHER AND THE LOWS MORE FREQUENT.
I'M VERY IMPORTANT. I HAVE MANY LEATHER-BOUND BOOKS AND MY APARTMENT SMELLS OF RICH MAHOGANY
"I mean, it's Howard Stern, you know? It's meant to attract attention, it's meant to be wild. No one can possibly take those comments literally. ... I just mean, it's more of a touche to all these male athletes that run around on their wives, that 'Hey, look what we can do.'"
"My main point ... was, if the Mets were going to be liberal enough to allow Carlos Delgado to play for their team after he had turned his back on the flag for all these years, then they had to be liberal enough to allow me to pose for Playboy if I wanted to."
"I've got, you know, tons and tons of guns, and so does Kris. We really feel like, when it comes to protecting your family, you should be able to do that ... All the people that say: 'Oh, we need to get rid of all the guns?' Well, that's a lovely thought. But it's never gonna happen. There's too many of them. So I think everyone should have one."
60% OF THE TIME, THEY'RE RIGHT EVERY TIME
"Manny really wants out of Boston, just so he can relax and chill. If he played for the Mets, he probably wouldn't be able to chill much. But I think the Yankees would be a perfect fit for him, as well as for David Ortiz."
"Two split-fingers hurt my elbow like you wouldn't believe, and I've got a heartbeat in the back of my shoulder right now."
"There will be a week I get up and I feel like I can do it again, and then the next week, I don't want to get out in the outfield and start running those poles and doing those things. If last year's World Series was it for me, I'm more than happy."
"The way I run businesses and build businesses is to get a strong foundation in place before you take the next step. I don't want to build a 50-story building just for the sake of getting it 50 stories high."
"We're not going to sit back and watch Cristian Guzman have another year like he did last year. This [signing] gives us a viable option to go to in the event we don't see improvement from Guzman."
"We both apologized. We're going to go out there and play the game. We're like brothers. We're together every day, and you're bound to disagree on something. It's about making up and we made up. It's like a marriage. Well, not like a marriage."
"'What are you going to say? Are you going to inform them that if they don't get a stadium built, the team is going to leave? Are you going to inform them that if they don't come to games the team is going to leave? Are you going to inform them that the contribution from the team is the fourth-largest in the history of baseball in a market that has never proven to be completely baseball friendly?' I said I probably wouldn't mention those things."
"The only thing I would say is this isn't the first time an insurance company has denied a claim."
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