January 29, 2007
The Week in Quotes
"Going into the season we didn't know how things would end up. Obviously I was on the middle of the contract. As the season went on, you have 3.5 million people coming out and they're talking a new ballpark, and SNY was doing well, you start thinking about sharing some of the wealth, of course."
"He changed the culture in the clubhouse from a country club to a work environment."
"Willie was a guy I had always admired as a player…The only thing was, when we interviewed him, he didn't, at that point, really have a game plan for what he wanted to do as a manager."
"Without any minor-league track record of managing a ballclub, and without, in his own mind, a formulated game plan of how he would do it, it was tough to take a chance at that point."
WITH THAT KIND OF LEVERAGE, I'M SURE THIS WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF SOON
"Urge is probably not strong enough."
"I believe it will be in your best interests, and the best interests of baseball, if I can report that I have received full cooperation from your organizations, and from others, in conducting this investigation."
"I believe that a report that is not credible and thorough will significantly increase the possibility of action by others, especially if it's the result of a lack of cooperation by the clubs, or by anyone else who is or has been involved with baseball."
"Look, some clubs have been more cooperative than others, but at this stage, I'm not concerned about that. He will have cooperation."
"IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE, BUT IT'S OVER NOW"
"I want to be back, but I've seen direct quotes from Kenny saying that Mark Buehrle won't be in a White Sox uniform in 2008. I'm just kind of going off what he said."
"Obviously, I know if I am going to stay here, it's going to have to be [taking] a discount. Like Kenny said, he's got the quote out there saying I won't be here, so I only know what kind of discount. ... I could play for free and he said I won't be here, so I don't know."
"Assessing what our focus is and what our direction is, is there something there that's a realistic opportunity in retaining Buehrle? Only he knows the answer to that. Have we explored the possibility? Yes. Am I optimistic? Not at all. Not at all."
I WILL JOURNEY TO THE HIMALAYAS TO TALK TO THE MAN THE LOCALS CALL BELICHICK
"I apologized because I should know better now than to answer direct questions with direct answers. I have to change the way that I'm doing this job."
"In an effort to be truthful, honest, candid--it just doesn't work. On the surface, it would work if everything you said, every channel it went through after you said it, it would be interpreted the same way, in the same context. But that's not just the case. That's not just reality."
"But you know what would be more unpopular? It would be if we did nothing and got old and got too expensive and then had to go out scrounging for leftover talent and overpaying for mediocre talent."
"Because we've missed on our evaluations from our amateur scouting department too often. The scouting department has been put on notice. I expect more from them."
MO' MONEY MO' PROBLEMS
"It always seems to be a risky proposition when you're not only reaching fewer fans but raising their ire in the process. I've already seen reports that fans are not happy."
"One thing we know about sports fans is they want to consume content on their own terms and not be arm-twisted into a way the league wants."
"The challenge is how to maximize (revenue) without turning off your core audience."
THE REAL SURPRISE HERE IS THAT HAFNER HAS A MOTHER
"The truth is, I hardly ever call him Pronk. I prefer the Pronkinator."
"In rookie ball I was told if I didn't improve, I'd be released."
"He reminds me of Barney Rubble in a uniform, and I mean that in a complimentary way. I'm not going to talk about what we'll try and do against him differently this year in detail, but soft stuff seems to have positive results. If I have my say, this guy will no longer have a chance to beat us. We'll pass and go onto the next guy. Use our get-out-of-jail-free card with him."
WE SHALL CALL THIS SCHOENBALL
"If you look at the prices that are being paid for relief pitching, and you guys know how big I am as far as relief pitching. I believe in a lot of ways to build the staff backwards, to start from the bullpen and then take care of the starters."
"We tried to invest dollars in a frontline starter. We weren't able to get one. Instead of investing dollars in a mediocre market, I said, 'Who is the best reliever in the market?' and it was Schoeneweis."
"We scored the second-most runs in the league and our starters' ERA was third in the league. I knew what I had to do."
"THESE ARE THE DAYS IT NEVER RAINS BUT IT POURS"
"On average, it can take an umpire as long to reach the major leagues as it takes one, educationally, to become a neurosurgeon. Openings can be rare, and competition among those aspiring to get there is indeed keen."
"It's military in mentality. I don't care what experience you've got. We'll break you down to the very smallest thing and we'll build you back up."
"And from there, the upside is you've a chance to make it to the big leagues. All of these people here have that dream of becoming a major-league umpire. And to their credit, they have taken the steps to follow that dream. There's no telling how many people are sitting at home right now kicking themselves for not coming down."
"Looking back, it makes you a little distraught. They made a lot of moves. It makes you wonder, but you get over it. I like Lou. There are a lot of guys I'm pulling for over there."
"I am going to promise two things. We will be good and we will stay good."
"When you talk about the status of the contract, guarantee provisions are not customarily applicable in normal major league contracts. In this contract, the guarantee provision is in place with the exception of a very, very myopic element of this, so this is something that is certainly treated for all intents and purposes as a $70 million contract."
"You have parameters of being happy where you are at and trying to get as much as you can because when you are 40 years old and you are out of the game, not many of us have brain surgeon jobs waiting."