May 15, 2006
The Week in Quotes
"He was just trying to make a catch. Sometimes your glove sticks in the ground, and your wrist is moving in one direction and your glove is moving in the other. It's only preventable if you go out there and don't try to make a play. Matsui's not that type of player."
"If everything were easy, it would be easy. Right now is frustrating because I'm not pitching the way I'd like to or even close, and I realize that. Nobody has to tell me that."
"To me, he looks like a little lost boy. He doesn't know where to go. We haven't found that right road yet together. He and I haven't found the right place to go to get the stuff he needs to get--outs."
"It was a pretty rad catch. That was awesome. The repercussions weren't awesome, but the way he caught the ball, that was awesome."
"When I first saw it I was like, that's odd. Rowand slamming his face into the wall is pretty normal for him. I'm sure he didn't want the aftereffects of that, but I bet he doesn't care. He's probably just like, 'whatever.'"
"IT IS BETTER FOR YOUR CAREER TO DO NOTHING, THAN TO DO SOMETHING AND ATTRACT CRITICISM."
"People are saying there's no way he's gonna catch Hank (Aaron). How do you know? He can leave the game on his own (terms). You can't run him out. He is that good. You can't even touch this guy."
"I understand it's not the record, but he's going to pass the great Babe Ruth, any way you look at it. Am I going to call him? Yeah. I can't wait until he does it. I don't feel anything tainted about it."
"Nothing--absolutely nothing. In fact, I'm tired of reading about this and that because, and I'm not looking for trouble, but I think they've singled Barry out and I think it's totally unfair."
"But I get sick about what's going on, to be honest with you. Every time I pick up the paper, someone's knocking him. That makes me mad. I just think it's ridiculous that (Bonds) has been singled out. You don't hear talk about anybody else. I think they should just be quiet about this because it's going to open a big can of worms, in my opinion."
WITHOUT PROMOTION SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENS...
"[Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager John Russell] called me into the office, and I figured, 'OK, the only reason you get called into the office is to get yelled at or to get good news,' and I didn't do anything wrong."
"I'll tell him to go out and throw about 10 shutouts. From there, I'll evaluate him. I'll probably hand him the ball, say, 'Go get 'em, kid,' and sit back and watch him pitch for a while."
"You just tell a new pitcher that the field isn't any different here than Triple A. Go one pitch at a time and keep all the clichés straight."
"I remember I came in to face one hitter in Shea Stadium, Rico Brogna. I came in and stood on the mound and I saw Jeff Bagwell, Jeff Kent and Craig Biggio, and I'm saying, 'Oh, my God.' The first pitch I threw was a strike, and it was like the greatest relief I've ever had. 'Ah, I threw a strike.' "
WHAT HAPPENED TO US? (JUSQU'A LA FIN) / SOON IT WILL BE GONE FOREVER
"Yeah, this (season) is it for me and I think if I have any complications from here on out with the knee and if it sets me back, I don't think there's any reason why they should keep me aboard. I think they should, if I have to go on another DL and rehab the knee again, then, you know what, let Lenny (DiNardo) stay up here and let him work every five days and give the kid an opportunity to pitch in the big leagues for a while."
"I think my career has been good, it's been fun. I'm not ashamed of anything that I've done. It's a pretty long career. To me, if I don't make it (back to the Red Sox rotation), at least I can walk out with my head up and that, to me, is the most important thing."
"Right now I'm hated in New York and hated in Boston. I'm in a no-win situation. I'm going out there for myself and my teammates. That's fine. If they want to continue that, that's not going to affect me in any way, shape, or form."
"I've always respected him, even when he talked about me or anyone else. If anyone says, 'How did you deal with it?' I say, 'Deal with it like a man, don't run, talk back at him, prove him wrong.' I think you've got to win the respect because he can be tough to take. If you can overcome all the jabs that he throws, then you've got him in your hip pocket."
"With the whole scandal with Barry and the steroids, I don't think a lot of people want anything to do with it. But you can't overlook what he's done, steroids or no steroids, he's still got to hit the ball."
"I just can't believe a guy is that lucky. I don't know how that even works."
"They trust me. I guess they trust all of this gray hair."
"It's pretty early to be saying they are for real. They have a good team, but every year it seems to happen where someone like Pittsburgh or Cincinnati gets hot, then they aren't there at the end."
"There's probably a better chance than normal that the Rookie of the Year will come from this team because we have so many rookies. In order to be Rookie of the Year, you have to get the opportunity, get the at-bats, and that's something most of us are getting."
"A bunch of my buddies came over to the house. We took lighter fluid and lit this ball. The lighter fluid ran down my arm and lit it."
"Eric is very valuable. He can play a position [anywhere on the diamond]. [With his ability to play anywhere,] he might be our best player."
"If we had nothing or if [Jose Lima and Jeremi Gonzalez] had proven they couldn't do it, then maybe we'd think about Aaron [Heilman]. But not now. To me, that would be drastic, and we're not where we have to do anything drastic. We'll give the guys some starts and see what happens. Who knows, maybe they'll both go 5-0."
"George Clooney! You been reading about all that? You been seeing that? He's up there with, um... He's up there with the Congress. He's trying to get everybody to go over there and solve that thing."