May 1, 2006
The Week in Quotes
"When you are a first, there will be some people that are uncomfortable with the fact that you are a first, and they will try to create non-baseball issues if they have the opportunity. I just see that as people that are uncomfortable with the fact that there's a Hispanic in a position of authority. ... It is what it is."
"You can't blame a guy for trying to put together one of the best teams available. I mean, last year on the free-agent market [Minaya] got the best pitcher and probably the best position player. They just happened to be one from the Dominican and one from Puerto Rico."
TEARS AT THE BABE RUTH PARTY
"Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record. We don't celebrate anybody the second or third time in."
THE NAME OF THIS THING IS NOT BASEBALL
"Why isn't Joe Crede being called Public Enemy No. 1? Joe Crede is the one that got all the hits."
"I remember this lady sitting next to the on-deck circle. She looked just like [actress] Courteney Cox -- I don't know if it was her or not. But she kept looking at me and saying, 'You suck, you suck.'"
"If Escobar is going to hit somebody, he should hit himself. A.J. didn't have anything to do with the dumb [bleep] plays they made. Josh Paul and him, the two dumb [bleep] plays they made and now they're blaming A.J."
"You have to be dumb enough to blame it on somebody when you screwed it up. If you're going to blame somebody, look in the mirror. A.J. didn't have anything to do with that. I think that's a low [bleep] way to play baseball."
"It's nobody's fault Josh Paul didn't tag the guy. It's nobody's fault [Escobar] tagged the guy with the wrong hand. Blame yourself. And now you're going to hit somebody for no reason? You can get somebody hurt with no reason."
"[Nauert] told me it was well documented. I don't know where it's documented. The misinformation by umpires is disturbing, very disturbing. We'll have to see who the source of this misinformation is."
GODS WILL BE GODS
"He does terrible interviews for a reason. Believe me, he knows a lot more about what he does than he lets on. He never wants anyone to know where he's coming from."
"It's amazing--it looks like he's just playing catch with the mitt, even with the movement on his pitches. The other day, St. Louis has a good hitting lineup, and they were missing balls by a foot. You want the definition of pitching, it's him. You wonder how he gets it done."
"High velocity is one of the most overrated things in pitching. I can be going 70-80 miles an hour down the highway for two hours, and I feel like I'm not moving, like I'm going 20. And then you hit that off-ramp and all of a sudden you're slamming on the brakes, because you've been going faster than you thought. Your eyes adjusted to the speed. I think major league hitting is no different. If a guy's throwing 95, by the third at-bat, the hitter's seen 10 to 15 pitches. It's not fast anymore."
SUCH UNLIKELY WARRIORS
"It's just obvious he wants to hit me. It's over for me, but it's happened the last three times. One was in spring training, but it's still an at-bat. The guy is crazy."
"It is what it is. Omar knows I'm not crazy. He knows what it's about. What he wrote about me was a shock. We were good friends on the Indians (1994-98). Our lockers were next to each other. We'd go out."
"It's like a snake. If someone tells me it's dead, I'm going to run over it three times before I believe it. You tell me he's not swinging the bat good; I'll believe it when he's left here and we've been able to handle him."
"In 1971, I was traded from the Caracas Leones to a Dominican League team for a bottle of wine and some cheese. Compared to that, 10,000 baseballs is a pretty good offer."
"All these guys have iPods. They have like 3,000 songs in them, but it's not 3,000 good songs. There aren't 3,000 good songs out there."
"It's tough to make a wide, sweeping statement off such a small sample."
"That only happens when, you know, like when the stars and the moon go together--what's that called?--yeah, an eclipse."
"My mother tells me, 'Don't spit anymore.' Next thing I know, I spit. When things hit the top of your head, you don't hear nobody except that pressure at the top of your head. What's that cartoon where that dude used to have that stuff coming out of the top of his head? That's what it feels like."
"We made a mistake on defense. If I hit [Branyan] 100 fungos, he'll make that 99.9 percent of the time."