June 12, 2006
The Week in Quotes
June 5-11LIFE IS HARD ENOUGH WHEN YOU BELONG HERE
"I am deeply saddened whenever there is an allegation that a Major League Baseball player is involved in the use of performance-enhancing substances. Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, I will not make any comment about this specific case. As a general matter, however, I urge everyone associated with Major League Baseball--from the players to the union to the owners--to cooperate with the ongoing investigations by the Federal government and by former Senator George Mitchell."
"Major League Baseball now has the strongest steroid testing program in professional sports. Human Growth Hormone, however, is a problem for all sports because there is no universally accepted and validated test--either blood or urine. No governing body in any sport has ever been able to discipline an athlete for the use of HGH. Major League Baseball understands that its policy must continue to evolve to keep pace with scientific development. To that end, Major League Baseball is in the process of funding a study by Dr. Donald Catlin to develop a urine test for Human Growth Hormone."
"Grimsley stated that ----, a former employee of the ---- and personal fitness trainer to several Major League Baseball players, once referred him to an amphetamine source. Grimsley stated that after this referral he secured amphetamines, anabolic steroids and human growth hormone from ---- (the redacted trainer's) referred source."
"The attorney called me and said, 'Here's the ultimatum they just gave us: Either cooperate or we're going to ruin your life.'"
"It's a huge distraction for our team, but it is what it is."
"We don't condone cheating, and we are not going to compensate a cheater. In my mind, he probably owes us instead of us owing him. In my mind, what he is asking us to do if he files a grievance is, he's asking us to pay him for not performing. And the reason he isn't performing is because he is a cheater, and he acknowledged his cheating for a long period of time. This guy did no less than steal from us. It's a shame we brought him here."
"The reality to me is, I can't imagine how a person with any sense of responsibility would spend a day with federal agents going through their home, not tell your boss or your co-workers that you had been through this, and you were told specifically that this would be a public matter."
"I'm just not in favor of rewarding somebody for the bad acts they've committed. This guy has had a career of cheating. He's a representative of the culture of cheating and that's something we're not going to support at all."
"We never talked to the agent about any compensation. We talked to the agent about the voluntary resignation, if you will. But officially, under the contract, termination is a formal matter and there are clauses under in which you terminate. We're choosing to terminate under a clause that says he was unfit to play. He acknowledged that he was unfit to play. He asked for his release. Was he a distraction to the team? Yes. Was he fit to compete? No. We don't think so."
"They're not going to stop until they get what they want. The government is not going to quit. I just find it funny nobody else has skeletons in their closet except baseball players."
"I played with (Grimsley). Everybody makes choices, some better than others. He got a lot of pressure put on him because he's not that kind of guy. He wouldn't give up players' names. There must have been a lot of heat on him."
"I bet there are some people sweating it right now--especially if he named names. It's a black eye, but everything is a black eye. David Glass owning the Royals, to me, is a black eye because he owns half of Wal-Mart. But I'm a different person. I'm not politically correct."
"It's huge. Absolutely it's more mud for the game. The fact that I'll look back when I'm done playing and think that I had to play in the generation of steroids and HGH (human growth hormone) is sad."
"I always said that my biggest regret about the big leagues is that I didn't get to play 25 years ago when you hated the other team. It's just another real low. The money now is nice. I don't want to give it back. But it was a game back then. It's entertainment now."
"I've never had one player I was suspicious about being on steroids. To this day, I'm not sure I know what they are."
"Lew's 0-for-9, but he really had a good [batting practice] round today. And he stayed at a Holiday Inn [Express] last night."
"I said, 'Can you please start to play good so I don't have to talk about you? If you play good, I'll talk about you. If you don't, you won't be playing here.'"
"Like our club, I'm falling apart."
"I don't want any credit. I'm not looking for credit. You know what? I don't want any blame if we're horse (bleep), either."
"If you take the exact same team and take two different managers--and this is where I think a manager could make a difference--one personality happens to click with that team and another one doesn't. It doesn't mean that the personality that clicks knows more about baseball than the other guy. It's just that for whatever reason, one personality clicks better than somebody else's. I can take my style of handling people and go somewhere else and it might not work worth a damn. I can take it here, it might work."
"I have no idea what Google or Goggle is--and couldn't care less."
"I didn't even ask him about it. I just figured I would need to pick something else."
"I can remember my first amphetamine. I was out all night drinking with Andy Hawkins and some of the guys on the team. I was a young player. I came in. I was hung over, sleeping by my locker. And all of a sudden, [Don] Mattingly came to me and said, 'Hey, you're in the lineup.' And I went, 'What?' He goes, 'Yeah, I just hurt my back.' Now I'm walking around, I'm going, 'I don't know how I'm going to do this. There's no way that I can go play this game today.' I ran into my teammate who I knew had some of the 'little helpers,' as they called them. He said, 'Take one of these. It should help. It'll take the edge off.' So sure enough, I took one. He goes, 'OK, you can take two, but no more than two.' So I popped one more, and I went out and went 3-for-4 with two homers."
"Every time I see a kid in the clubhouse, I ask whose it is, and it's always Uribe's. Maybe he has 20, I don't know."
"We had a ratty old couch and a little TV. We walk in and there's all this here. It's awesome. You can't appreciate it enough."
"Costly. I've told everybody already that these are Christmas presents, so don't come at me in December asking for something else."