August 14, 2006
The Week in Quotes
"It's sort of weird not to be playing, but I decided to take a year off. I wasn't getting the feedback that someone was going to give me a chance to make their ballclub, and that's what I was trying to get."
"I'm just trying to get that fire burned out of me. When that fire is burned out, then I can know it's all over. But I still love the game right now, so I'm going to wait it out and see what happens."
A PHILLIES HEADER THAT DOES NOT SPELL AN "F" WORD WITH A "PH"
"I came to the Phillies two weeks before Mike Schmidt retired, and everybody on the team had the attitude of Schmidt, which was laid back and cool. It works if you are Mike Schmidt because he is a Hall of Famer, but the others on the team weren't great players."
"Bobby was a great player, but he was laid back, and the others on the Phillies often acted like that. Now the younger kids will see Utley busting his [behind] every play, taking out guys at second, never giving up, and they feel that is how you play the game."
"I just think their pitching is too inconsistent. But I firmly believe that they are not far off from being competitive because the National League is terrible."
"He was in a band. He played trombone. He was an average trombone player. I don't see him giving this up to play in a jazz band."
"They had a fence at this field, and behind that was a Red Lobster parking lot. Then there's the Red Lobster. Ryan hit one so far it hit the Red Lobster. Not the parking lot--the building."
"YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO YOUR HEART, AND NOT THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD LIKE A CERTAIN UNCLE DID ONE GREY DECEMBER MORN."
"Seeing it on TV, which I never really do, I thought, 'Hey, man, that was a good catch, Ryan.'"
"He actually made a comment like, 'How are the voices in your head?' We'd play around and finally this year he said, 'What's the guy's name?' I said, 'Let's call him Farney.' So now everybody's like, 'Run, Farney, run' or 'Let Farney hit today. You're not hitting very well.'"
"It wasn't so much that it was a good catch. It was just a big part of the game. That would have been no outs and two runs might have scored. ... Personally, you can think it was a good catch, but these fans really let you know what kind of catch it was."
WHY WAS I BORN WITH SUCH CONTEMPORARIES?
"You should've judged me long before we got to this point. You should've been judging me on the last 13-14 years versus these last three or four months. That's how I look at it. My track record means something."
THESE OZZIE GUILLEN QUOTATIONS WILL NEVER BE IN SYNDICATION
"I'm not going to watch every move he makes. When Uribe is ready to play, he better come to my office and tell me he's ready to play. We can't make [a DL] decision, because right now he's telling people he'll be ready in a couple days."
"As a shortstop? I don't know. There's a lot of good shortstops in the league. Alex is a good hitter. I think Alex right now, he's doing what he's supposed to do, playing here and there. Can he play shortstop every day? Well, he's doing it right now. But there's 162 games, and I'm not seeing it. I don't think I can say yes right now."
"Puerto Rico has a lot of bad shortstops ... I mean bad. Well, look at it, when Alex Cintron and Alex Cora can play shortstop on your team [as they did for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic], that's not a good shortstop country. They can borrow one from Venezuela."
ROCKIE MOUNTAIN LIE
"Someday my kids are going to look at my stats there and say, 'Dad, you really stunk?' I have no bitterness. I felt like on paper that this year's starters were the best they've had. The way the game has changed there is great for baseball."
"We got the ball. I think we had to give the guy the Metrodome. But he can have it in 2010 (when the Twins are scheduled to move into a new ballpark)."
"The teller said, 'Do you want me to deposit this money in your account?' I said, 'No, just give it to me in a sack. I want to look at it for awhile.' I went home and put it on the bed and counted it. I had never seen that much money in my life."
"That song will get a lot of airplay. People will probably be asking, `Who is Juan Pierre?' I didn't even think [Jay-Z] would notice me because I'm not like a superstar who's always on 'SportsCenter.'"
"I decided not to embarrass myself. I get paid to look like an idiot. I don't need to do it for free."
"It's great to see baseball again. And what better place."