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July 10, 2006
The Week in Quotes
July 3-9SUDDENLY EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED
"There was a lot of pressure in carrying teams. I couldn't enjoy some things at those times. I'm having fun again. My goal now is to prove I was a bargain for the Padres."
"This is the first time I've ever played for a manager who was a catcher. He sees the nuances. He understands what we've been through and go through. It's been a long time since I felt this good midway through a season."
"I'd never had two days off in a row before. Honestly, I didn't know if I liked the idea. But I felt a lot better and coming out of that, I had a bit of a surge. Bochy understands."
"It benefits Mike to get more time off. It just so happens we have two other catchers who make that possible. It's worked well, and it's worked well because Mike's accepted it."
"I don't look at my life in terms of records. Not a lot of catchers look real good walking when they are 50 or 60. I admire the way Sandy Koufax left the game ... at peace with himself and his accomplishments."
"It's tough to let go. I'll be the first to admit it. Eventually, I want to leave on good terms and not be pushed out the door. I don't want to be in a position that I'm only playing for the money."
"THERE ARE NO NO-HITTERS IN AMERICA, AND THE STREETS ARE PAVED WITH PITCH COUNTS."
"Fans want to see no-hitters. I think back on my first one. There were only about 5,000 fans in the stands in Philadelphia. After about five innings they weren't Philly fans anymore; they were rooting for a no-hitter."
"When we pitched, we went nine innings. Now pitchers are conditioned to go 100 pitches regardless of where they are in the game. That gets them into the seventh inning usually. Managers would take them out anyway. They're saving them for their next start."
"There's not that type of pitcher anymore. They're few and far between. If you look at the pitchers who pitched no-hitters, you're talking about a potential no-hitter every time they went out there. Who can you name today whom you'd say he can pitch a no-hitter?"
"The lineups are deeper than they were in the past. There are no Ray Oylers or Dal Maxvills or Gene Michaels or Fred Stanleys in the lineups. You get to the No. 8 and No. 9 guys and you're still facing pretty good hitters."
GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS IN A CULT, AND THE CULT WAS INTO ALIENS, MAN
"He'd tell me, 'If you ever want to experiment with anything, let me know.' He smoked a little bit, so he said just let him know. Like, 'Don't have me get a call when you're in jail. If you want to skip school, that's cool, as long as you get good grades.'"
THIS IS WANTING SOMETHING, THIS IS REACHING FOR IT
"It was joy. I couldn't really put into words how I felt at the moment. I just never thought I could get back here."
"She's never seen me throw, never seen me run. She cried a bunch. She saw me in my uniform for the first time before the game and just started bawling. It feels good to have her here."
WHY CAN'T I BE YOU?
"Maybe they just can't pick two Devil Rays for the All-Star Game, you know because nobody can ever imagine that. But they're going to have to get used to it one year."
"You don't have to be old to be good. It has to bolster his confidence even more. And obviously within the league, it set him apart a little bit. It's wonderful. … As an organization, it indicates that we're getting better in some areas."
"When you look at all the outfielders, a lot of them are having good years. Maybe I just picked a bad year to have my best. It definitely gives me motivation for next year. It will definitely give me something to think about in the offseason."
"I haven't voted for myself yet, and I don't intend on it, unless I hear through the grapevine I'm just one vote away. I think that's for the fans, and that's their decision, not mine."
"A lot of people have come up to me and told me they've voted for me 50 or 100 times. The support of all the people in Cleveland has been great."
"I was so nervous, I thought I was balking every time I came set because my legs were shaking so much. Last night, I felt calm. I felt like I belonged."
"Mr. Anderson, this is going to be a learning experience and probably one you won't forget for a long time."
"I was fine with that. I just wanted to make the team--bullpen, anywhere. I just didn't want to go back to Triple-A."