May 8, 2006
The Week in Quotes
"There's no score in the game, they clearly struck out Scott on a checked swing that appeared to be in the dirt, but when [batter Luke] Scott started to trot to first, [catcher Jamie] Burke had already flipped the ball to the home plate umpire, and was on the way to the dugout and they couldn't retrieve the ball and the umpire was hanging on to it. I think once the umpire gets involved in the play, by catching the ball, the inning is over. If the umpire blew the call, then the inning is over, folks."
"Unprofessional, unbefitting any level of pro ball. Oh, and you know what? A run scores, too. Garcia rounded the plate and scored, so they're not gonna put him back. Oh, this is the biggest joke of all. During the ten-minute discussion, Jesse Garcia, who was the runner at second, I saw him walk around and touch home plate, they're gonna actually call that a run."
"There was a situation like this, it was described to me, in a game in New Orleans, a similar situation with amateur, over-their-head umpires, and they had a lengthy discussion and this happened. Teams need to just start walking off the field and quit playing until they get qualified umpires out there."
"It was a big enough joke, a big enough travesty, something you might not see even at the Little League level, to allow Scott to be at first after Burke flipped the ball to the umpire and he's holding it in his hand, and then a ten minute discussion later, and he was discussing it with the first base umpire, and they were just going to let it go, but finally that little third base umpire got into the act, and they decided, "Nope, let's make the game 1-0, let's make a joke out of the game and let Garcia score from second and put Scott at first base."
THE LIDLE DETECTOR TEST
"What he could have done without performance-enhancing drugs--which he hasn't been proven guilty of [using], which I'm not buying--you can maybe take what he had done in his prime, before his head started growing at an enormous rate, and just make those projections. Say that, 'This is what he could have done.' Maybe it's 550 home runs. I don't know. It definitely wouldn't have been anything close to 700."
"The reason I'm not scared to speak out is--I don't think he's a dumb person--basically, he had decisions to make. Whether he wanted to treat people good or treat people bad. Whether he wanted to pump drugs into his body or stay clean. I believe he chose the [former]."
"I don't want to see him break records. If he breaks them, it will be a shame, because I think when all is said and done, the truth will come out. It hasn't yet, but I think if he was in front of a jury, and there had to be a verdict, I think the verdict might be--with everything that I heard was in that book--I think the verdict might be guilty."
"The worst part of it all, the young guys--the guys in the minor leagues, and worse than that, high school, and college--they already know they don't have a chance. If someone can't hit 15 home runs in college, how do they expect to take somebody's job in the big leagues who's hitting 50 home runs? They start feeling this pressure of doing that stuff, and it really is a problem."
I ALWAYS FOLLOW THE KNUCKLE AND NOT THE NAIL
"When I was with the Phillies, [manager] Danny Ozark would take the big-swinging guys like [Mike] Schmidt and [Greg] Luzinski out of the lineup. Let some subs get the 0-fers."
"I feel horrible about what happened to Josh. I know how much effort Josh put into the job while he was here. I can't think that way. I don't want to be the reason John Flaherty retired."
"That was the first time naked."
"THERE IS NO SUBJECT SO OLD THAT SOMETHING NEW CANNOT BE SAID ABOUT IT."
"We found out the truth about Pete Rose. It's going to be much more difficult (with steroids). The Pete Rose case was tiny, a minuscule issue compared to this one. The difficulty that Mitchell has is about 100 times greater than the challenge we had with Pete Rose. We had one guy, one issue."
"If you watched the hearings, it was hard to tell who came out worse: whether it was baseball, which did very badly, or the Congress, which I think did even worse."
"The public will know, when Mitchell is finished, I assume, what the story was, how many people cheated, how many pitchers, how many hitters, what Bonds was doing."
"HOW A TEAM CHANNELS MALE AGGRESSION IS ONE OF THE GREATEST QUESTIONS AS TO WHETHER THAT TEAM WILL SURVIVE."
"I guess he caught Jason at the wrong moment, which is not hard to do."
"Jason has a history of leaning out over the plate and trying to get hit. He stuck his elbow guard out over the plate and I told him not to stick it out over the plate. He had a problem with that, and he came and got me. He has a right to do that. I'm totally cool with that. ... The guy's been hit 200-something times. There's a reason for that."
"We're all trying to get on the same page ... Well, I guess we've been
on the same page. We've all been sucking. We want to get on a
"We were hoping that we would get him. I think any team in the major leagues would have been, obviously, a lot better with him on the staff. I'm not quite sure why we didn't get him. We usually get everybody."
"Hell, yeah, he left for the money, and so what? But people don't know what happened behind the scenes and why they didn't sign him. That was just ugly."
"It's hard to find someone who's off work, who doesn't have to work during the day. If we played night games, maybe they could come over after work."