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March 6, 2006
The Week in Quotes
February 27-March 5EMBARRASSMENT OF PITCHES
"SO MUCH OF WHAT WE CALL MANAGEMENT CONSISTS IN MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR OTHERS TO WORK."
"Here's what I think specifically. I think that [White Sox World Series] championship, more than anything else, was a players' championship."
"I was taught this and I believe it with every thought I have: The competition is a competition for players. It's not for coaches and managers. But there is a real contribution that the manager and coaching staff can make by helping key players be in a position to win. And I think Ozzie did a terrific job that way."
"The answer that we try to pay attention to, then try to find a way to attack it, is human nature. Human nature for average people, average teams, is you have success, you celebrate, you lose an edge, you forget all that you did to have that success in the first place."
"I remember one time, John Madden explained a Super Bowl championship vs. the next year. They didn't play well and he felt like--and he included the coaching staff--that they had neglected to start the next year at zero. They remembered being world champions, so they started off thinking like that, and they didn't get back to putting that foundation back. That's the one thing we try to pay attention to. It's not like you are defending world champions, you are trying to become the '06 world champions."
"I got concerned he was getting too negative. That one time when he said they stink, time like that, I'm thinking, 'Man, you've got to get positive with the club.'"
"I SAID, I'M A BASEBALL PLAYER." "ALRIGHT, LET'S SEE YOUR LEGS!"
"They asked me, and I did it. It was fun. I think I might want to do it again tomorrow."
"I won't tell my wife to hurry up now. I'll never do that again. The tape was killing me, and I couldn't get my hair right. I put on glasses--there were a lot of things I went through in 30 minutes to get that wig on. I was holding everybody up."
"They set a value on me, and I respect that. They didn't want to go over that threshold. But it's $3 million a year, and with that $3 million, I could help out so many unfortunate people."
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"I would think George, who was one of the most patriotic people I have ever known, would be the first guy to endorse this and tell his players to play. I am really surprised and disappointed that he hasn't done that."
"You mean guys don't get injured in Spring Training? Guys get hurt walking down the street. All the managers, pitching coaches [are] very sensitive. Look, you can always pick at something, but there's a broader picture, a grander picture."
"The focus should be on who is here, not who isn't here. The focus should be on the players representing their countries. I think a great deal of credit should go to those players."
"I think that this situation, one way or another, will be settled by Opening Day in New York City on April 3. That day. It might be 10 minutes before game time."
"Whoever came up with this must be a person who uses nothing but the metric system, measures degrees in Celsius, can tell you exactly how many bricks it took to build Tropicana Field, and knows nothing about baseball."
"That will be the end of this dispensation. I really don't know how to explain it. I don't know what words to use so people won't think I'm goofy. But by Dec. 21, 2012 [the last day recorded on the Mayan calendar], people will have a pretty good idea. It's all about consciousness and love. We have the ability to create whatever we want. We're all made of energy."
"They portrayed me as some doom-and-gloom guy. That's quite the contrary. That's not what I was trying to say. The end of the world and the day of reckoning? No, it's quite the contrary. If the world is ending, I don't know about it. The one guy from SI was talking about the Mayan calendar. I talked to him about it. The Mayan calendar is the end of this dispensation. It's not the end of time. And what I perceive is there will be a different level of consciousness than is taking place now. It's not bad; it's good. And this is what I try to convey in my book, some of the experiences that I've had that are not of our five senses. It's all good stuff. It's not negative."
"If you're a night prowler, good luck. You're not going to be prowling [in Boston]. You're going to be crawling back home. It's just hard."
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