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April 16, 2007
The Week in Quotes
April 9-16THE MAN FROM CAIRO, GEORGIA DID A BIG THING
"It's fascinating to see their struggles. You don't compare yourself to any of those guys or what they went through, but sometimes, like when I was trying to get a manager's job in the big leagues, you strive to get people to see you and not the stereotypes. I mean, New York is a big, big city, and to think it took this long to have an African-American manager, well, it's still something to think about."
"This is our low point, but, hopefully, we have hit bottom."
"Many years ago when I was playing in the Negro Leagues, we would have these barnstorming tours after the season. I played against Jackie's Dodger team one day in Jackson, Miss., and he came up to me and said, 'You can play in the major leagues.'"
"I just listened, I didn't say anything. He said, 'Yeah, you have quick hands, you swing the bat good and you understand the game. I'm going to recommend you to the Dodgers.' And he did."
"Later on in his life, he became more businesslike. He started a bank in Harlem, so I wanted to do that. He started some low-income housing; I wanted to do that. He worked for a major corporation; I wanted to do that. He also connected with Nelson Rockefeller; I wanted to do that. I wanted to emulate his life. He was such a pioneer. He used his celebrity to help make this a better world. That's what Jackie was all about. And he had a great partner in Rachel."
"It's somewhat of an embarrassing day also. It's a little bit a shame that we have to have a day like this because 60 years ago the color of somebody's skin...they weren't treated the same. To me, that's humiliating. I hope that doesn't get lost, either."
THESE BRAVE MEN ALSO WORE NUMBER 42 YESTERDAY
"It was something we determined a while ago: that we needed to keep up with what was going on in the sports apparel world. We needed that kind of moisture management and performance in our caps."
"Tomorrow we'll have had them out for a week, and in that time I haven't heard anything bad about them."
"Either they're going to get discounted, or be sent back to the warehouse."
"It's significant in the visibility that it's had. It was one of the last places in sports where wool was used, and so many people are now hearing that wool is being replaced by high-performance fiber. But wool, to me, is a high-performance fiber, and a natural one. Wool naturally absorbs moisture, and it breathes. That's why it's performed so well over time."
"That was a moment that probably only Daisuke and I could have created. To be in that moment, I'm happy."
"It wasn't easy to throw with the flashbulbs going off, but I'm glad I got a strike."
"He had everything going on tonight. He was just impossible."
THIS IS STARTING TO SOUND FAMILIAR-SOMEBODY CALL A GRAND JURY
"Someone brought a whole box of it in, but nobody ever used it. I saw it, started using it and it felt good right away. ... As you move and sweat, you start feeling it."
"I do things realistically. This is reality. ...I love the product."
"There is some compensation, and all the free liniment he wants."
HE WORE JIM LEYLAND'S NUMBER YESTERDAY
"I can start to see some of the ways this team has lost ballgames. I can see it. We have to correct it."
"This guy's your ace. You have a 5-0 lead with the eighth and ninth hitters coming up. You feel pretty good about that, and all of a sudden it turns into a six-run inning. What do I do? I pitch him when it's his turn again. What else can I do? And then I bring in the reliever who's throwing 30- or 40-foot curveballs to boot."
IN AN EVER-CHANGING WORLD, SOME THINGS ARE CONSTANTS
"You'd go to swing. and boom, that's when it would start moving. You'd go to center it and it was a ground ball. You'd roll over it or blow your bat up."
"It was cold."
"The weather has been bad, and we've faced some of the best pitchers in baseball. There's no doubt we're going to hit. When runs come, they're going to come in bunches. We have a good offensive team ... it's just a matter of time."
HE HAS A SIMILAR SPEECH PREPARED FOR WHEN THEY GO TO PHILADELPHIA ON JUNE 11th
"This man is (the) Cleveland Indians, this man is going to be in the Hall of Fame in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Respect that. Appreciate that. This man, when he goes into the Hall of Fame, he won't wear no [expletive] White Sox uniform, he'll be wearing a Cleveland Indians hat. He won't wear no Philadelphia hat. If they boo me, fine. I deserve that. I earned that. But when you boo this man, this is a classy man, he's one guy that's going to represent the Cleveland Indians in the Hall of Fame."
"They should respect that we play the game to make money, like a doctor has a job. Hall of Fame? Yes, nice. Hall of Fame don't make people go to college, Hall of Fame doesn't pay for college for your kids. You think the money was right somewhere else, you have to respect that. I guarantee you he wanted to stay here."
"He will be in the Hall of Fame. He will be in a Cleveland hat. I have to talk to him to make sure he wears the White Sox."
"Let's face it--I left here as a free agent, so there will be fans who are a little upset. I understand that. On the other hand, I hope they understand my reasoning for why I did what I did. As a man, you have to be held accountable for your actions. I certainly have tried to do that. I haven't run or hid from things. I left, and it is what it is."
"He's the best text-messenger in the game. He text messaged me this morning, said he felt good. He's begging for more innings. He'll go five in his next start."
"I was feeling great about our starting pitching. Until I noticed that Steve Trachsel is shutting people down, too. Nobody's hitting."
"Having Japanese players is great. But it creates a risk if we become too dependent on them. So the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is one way to get Japan to really get our brand."
"I think it's an excellent rule. If we didn't have that rule we'd wait until two in the morning, trying to get the game in. The umpires did the right thing."
"We're going to treat the season like an instructional league. We're not backing off. Hopefully we're going to be doing very well, but as we get better, we're still going to stay with the work ethic."
"It was a real disadvantage not to do steroids because so many other people were. But I didn't believe in it, and I knew it wouldn't help my nerve."