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May 29, 2007
The Week in Quotes
AND PEOPLE SAY BARRY BONDS IS BAD
"He went in late and kind of threw an elbow. It was a little cheap but no big deal. I'll remember, I play second base. I've got to turn two with the Yankees 19 times a year, so I know now when he's coming in, my (arm) slot gets dropped to the floor. That's it."
"I went back out and I said, 'Hey, you should look at that; it's a double play if he does that.' I haven't played football in years. That was all right."
"He probably got carried away, but it happens. He was trying to help his team win. I'm just trying to turn a double play. I'll get killed if I have to. I'm just trying to get that out."
THIS WOULD SOUND DOWNRIGHT BEAUTIFUL WERE HE HITTING .360
"My knee is still my knee. My knee is not my butt."
"I hit it against the wall, but it's not big like my butt."
"For my interviews, please expect that much from me. Please do not come here with a soft heart."
MAYBE THE BENGALS NEED A WIDE RECEIVER
"I'm just going to play ball, that's it. I've got to go. I've got a video game to finish."
"I don't know those to be true. I do know I think she is clearly using the media to leverage this divorce proceeding. There's money involved, and unfortunately she's going to the media."
"He has made a lot of strides, but obviously this is something that certainly requires our attention."
FORTUNATELY THE YOUNG'UNS HAVE THEIR LEADER BACK"It'll be great. You saw what he did when he was in the lineup. He hits, he plays great defense, he steals bases. There's a different energy to the team. Everyone likes him in the clubhouse, so when you don't see him around, it's weird."
--Rays right fielder Delmon Young on Akinori Iwamura.
"It's not only what he does statistically, but the guy works such great at-bats, and I think he's contagious. I think when other hitters watch a hitter having good at-bats, it reminds them what they would like to do sometimes. I think Aki really presented that to us early in the season. He worked good at-bats, saw lots of pitches, (got) crucial hits, utilized the whole field, put down a bunt."
"He's one of those guys that when he gets back in there he'll help the whole lineup like we were before he got hurt."
"He just played the game really well. He played the game intelligently. I think he's contagious to the rest of the group in a positive way."
EVERYONE ELSE IS ON A SERIES OF LITTLE HOOKS
"He's on a big hook. He wanted sole authority, [and] he got it. Now he's got to deliver."
"I think Roger is capable of sparking the team. He is a veteran and will bring stability. I am happy he is coming back. I love him."
IF WE WANTED TO WORK FOR AN UNLOVABLE LOSER, WE WOULD HAVE TAKEN A JOB IN THE COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE
"The boss is the boss. There are no surprises here. He's said this to me privately."
"I'm on the hook. You can't describe it any better than that. It's my job to figure it out. So far, it's been a long, short season. We've got to fight through this."
"I know for sure I can be a Cy Young [winner]. When I see the guys that have won the Cy Young, there's no doubt. I think I have good stuff. I'm very talented. It's every pitcher's dream. But you've got to take it one day at a time."
"I came in on the ball when it came off his bat. It didn't sound right. I saw the barrel break off, so I broke in about three steps. I had to turn around and go back again. So it was quite impressive."
"I was trying to get ahead and he jumped on it. It was down, and he's a good low-ball hitter. But I've got to keep the ball down. So it's kind of a catch-22."