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June 5, 2006
The Week in Quotes
May 29-June 4"ROYALS FANS, I'M GOING TO TELL YOU A STORY OF A TEAM THAT CAME HERE AND FAILED. WELL, THAT IS THE STORY. I SHOULDN'T CALL A SENTENCE A STORY."
The Royals were my team. That was the team I rooted for growing up. I continue to root for them. I want to see them pull out of this. … It's sad, but they just kind of want to sit there now and collect revenue sharing."
"It's not as if we're where we want to be here [in Seattle]. But Kansas City was where I got my break, where I became a regular. I wasn't playing much here my first time. If not for the chance I got with the Royals…"
"They said the last time I pitched in extended (spring training) in Arizona was the biggest crowd they ever had. And it was just my mom in the stands."
ISN'T HE A BIT LIKE YOU AND ME?
"As many players as I've come across, a lot of them will give you a sales pitch when they want to land with your club. Many don't follow through. This man told me what he was going to do and told me who he was. He's shown me who he is and done what he said he was going to do."
"Before spring training, he showed up with Eddie Murray and worked at first base. In spring training he worked hard every day. I knew where to find him. He was at first base working with Eddie."
"It definitely was difficult. I didn't want to go anywhere. Then one day I'm told they no longer wanted me. That was very difficult. You give your whole heart and soul and suddenly you have to pack up and move."
"I felt such a part of it. Guys were calling me through the whole run. 'Did you see the game? We're thinking about you. You're with us.' They called from the bus. I called them and congratulated them."
SO MUCH TO DO SO MUCH TO SEE / SO WHAT'S WRONG WITH PICKING YOUR OWN PLAYERS?
"I'm not surprised. We don't have popular people. Fans vote for guys they know for a long time, their favorites. I'm going to manage the Red Sox and the Yankees."
"Baseball is like that. You have to be a fan favorite. If you are not a fan favorite you are not going to be at [the All-Star Game]. But ask the coaches. If I have respect from the coaches and other players, I don't care about anything else."
MORE JUICE, PLEASE
"I have never heard that, but I can tell you it never happened. I'm scared of that stuff. I don't even take pills. Why would I do that? First, it's bad, bad for you. No one knows what can happen later in life. Then, the year they must be looking at, they were testing that year."
WELL, YOU PUT THE VIBE OUT TO 30 MILLION FANS, SOMETHING'S GONNA HAPPEN
"That's high school stuff. This is professional baseball, and all that rah-rah stuff doesn't get it. If I need to go out and stir my team up by arguing with an umpire, then I've got a bad team. And I've got a good team."
BURNING OUT HIS FUSE OUT HERE ALONE
"Here we go again. I'm going to give it a shot. I don't necessarily know that I need to or that I want to, but I'm committed. Again, it's about winning."
"A piece of my heart's in each of those cities that I've played. I think all four teams come September are going to be right in the middle of things. I've got deep roots in that Boston tradition up there. I left nothing in the bag when I was in New York. But the bottom line is winning and the success we've had here the last few years. I had the opportunity to come home. I seized that moment. You don't want to look in the past, but you've got to give it some merit."
"Last time I checked, we were in the World Series last year. It's the same team if not better. I know I've got my work cut out. I've got to do it step-by-step, get into a game situation. I push my body hard, but I still need to get some competitive innings. I still need to get what I call stressful innings. I call them stressful innings because at my age, it's stressful."
"God bless the Houston Astros to pay that kind of money. If I asked [chairman] Jerry Reinsdorf for Roger Clemens for that kind of money, I might get fired."
"YOUR PITCHER IS GOING TO NEED ONE THING: TOUGH LUCK."
"One of these days, he's going to get tired of getting hit, he's going to get tired of giving up runs. When that day comes, he'll get meaner. He will get more mature."
"We're aware of his ability, but that's the extent of what I can say. We're aware of him, because that's the job of our scouts. Have we seen him pitch? Yes. Do we have an opinion? Yes. What that opinion is, I'm not going to say."
"He said, 'Dad, you look like you can still play. You don't run as well at times when you play every day, but you can still hit a ball a long way. If you work at it all the time, you can keep on doing it.' I'll sit back and think about that one. I told him, 'You get straight A's and I'll think about playing.'"
"When I go home each night, I can look at myself in the mirror and know I've done everything I can to make sure our team is prepared. I can't field. I can't throw. I can't hit. I'm not allowed to do those things. As a manager, there is so much you can do, and then the rest is up to the players."
"There were three, four guys with that Rochester dugout who were out to kick our rear ends that day, and they did. They were mad at me for going to the minors. Tiff was one of them. He slid hard--that's the way he plays--but I can't say I appreciated him trying to kill my shortstop in the last exhibition game. Now, if he had slid into the dugout and spiked me, I could've understood that."
"He's been gone from the Twins for two years, but when he's in Dallas, he stills calls my dad and says, 'Cook some barbecue ... I want to come over.' He always said he was a minority anyway ... a Canadian."
"I think I was a little surprised that they ended up cutting the guy they traded me for."