April 17, 2006
The Week in Quotes
"We're not going to sit here and watch another 10 games like the 10 games we've already had. We have to right the ship. They have to right the ship. And if they don't, then we can release guys, we can trade guys. We'll do what it takes to get better."
"What did you make of them? I saw four home runs today. The other team didn't seem to have a problem."
"If we're going to start complaining about the size of this ballpark now, we just might as well pack it in and go home. Because if we don't, they're going to be putting us in a little white jacket and carrying us out of here."
OH YEAH, DRUGS. YOU GOTTA HAVE DRUGS.
"That is naiveté that borders on moronic. We're really still at the front part of the drug era in baseball. It's evolving. When you see silliness about juicing the ball, and every other excuse, my mouth is agape."
"It's got to be something, right? I mean, it just can't be that the players are good."
"Frankly, there is nothing for me to comment. I'm sure Senator Mitchell and his staff are monitoring everything very closely."
"I've given up trying to predict what our wonderful commissioner will do--and in many ways, he's been OK. But he would not be well advised to do that. The union would jump all over him."
"This isn't just about baseball, but normal labor relations law. The only way you can suspend an accused employee is you have to show that his continued employment is dysfunctional for the company, and how do you do that with Bonds? I'd be surprised if the commissioner tried."
"Does he have the power to do something? Of course. He can invoke the 'best interests of baseball' clause. But I believe there is still a presumption of innocence for the accused in this country."
IT IS EASIER TO BE CRITICAL THAN CORRECT
"He's an exaggerated version of the Darryl Kile school. When you lose, you take all the blame."
JUST LISTEN TO THIS GUY
"I heard that I was being compared to Bobby Knight, and I thought to myself, 'Well, heck, the last I looked he's going into the Hall of Fame.' That actually was one of the best compliments I could have gotten."
"Well, I tell you what. I've got all that I can handle right here. I mean, (Wednesday night) we had a ball game where we had a young kid named Daniel Cabrera, and listen to this line score: Five innings, three hits, one run, nine walks and 10 strikeouts and 110 pitches."
"I always look up on the scoreboard for 'Atlanta,' and, of course, you always think about Bobby (Cox), and you think about Smoltzie, and you think about (bullpen coach) Bobby Dews, and you just root like heck for them. On a couple of balls this year, I'm thinking to myself, 'Well, there's an out,' and then it's like, 'Uh-oh. It got through.' When you watch the game being played, and you don't have Rafael Furcal at shortstop or Andruw Jones in center, it's a little different there."
I WANNA BE WITH YOU / IF ONLY FOR A GAME
"I don't even know why these questions are coming--why are you guys making a big deal out of this? It's a big issue for you guys, not us. There's no problem between me and Randy."
"Flaherty is gone, Stinnett caught him before, but that [Johnson] is the guy I want. It comes with pride, it comes with a lot of things I want to get done. Obviously he's our number one ... I'd like to sit down together with him and talk. I'm going to make the effort to get him to feel comfortable like Flaherty did. That's the main goal ... I'm going to be there for him. And I expect him to be there for me, also. Even when he's not pitching, I want to ask him, 'What do you think about this hitter? How do you get him out?' I didn't have that conversation with him [last season]. At all."
CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES
"We watched it on replay, and we said it went into the second row. That wasn't the reaction we were expecting for a ball that went two rows deep."
"The bat talks. It speaks English, Spanish or whatever language you want to put it. That goes for all of us. It's an advantage for the team to be able to go with the hot hand."
"We've all been there. I say all the time this is a hard game. It's a humbling game and it's a hard game. We've all been [there]--maybe [Albert] Pujols hasn't. But the other 24, we've been there."
"The first game there, they had about 300 people in the stands, and there was a group of about 10 guys who were all over me every time I came up."
"I was on the mound in the bullpen, warming up, when they announced the lineups. I heard Redmond was in the three hole and said, 'Are we even trying to win?' I was joking."
"I'm going to make a lot more mistakes than Hanley this year, so I'm not worried about that."
"It was so minor that I don't even think about it anymore. It's not like this is some big controversy like Watergate."
"I was going to ask him, 'What do you want?' I threw him a changeup, a curveball, everything, and he kept fouling it off, so I was kind of looking at him and saying, 'What do you want?' But it was a great battle and he came out on top when I walked him, but thank God it didn't come back to haunt me. So that was a big key."