June 4, 2007
The Week in Quotes
May 29-June 4
TONY, THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
"I'm holding on like this. They had started to upgrade the club, so now there's expectations. And the American League had these unbelievable giants, guys you knew just by first name: Earl, Whitey, Sparky, Gene. And you're sitting there wondering what you give your club versus what they give. So on almost a nightly basis Jim and I would reconstruct the game and figure out what we could learn from them. Jim was talking a helluva lot more than Tony was. Jim taught me to manage."
"If I beat him, he wouldn't go. I was never like that: If we lost, I went. I used to kid him, 'What the f--- is wrong with you?'"
"The lawsuit was a plea for attention, for acknowledgment. We realize now that that may not have been the best way to handle the situation, but we were so hurt and angry. We guess we never understood how he--who by many accounts is a great dad to our half-sisters, a family man, a rescuer of animals--how he could have left his first two daughters and never looked back."
"If it's a mistake and you stay there, I mean, there was going to be suffering. And the longer you stay, the more suffering there is for everybody. I regret that there's three women that I affected. If I hadn't gotten married, that wouldn't be true."
"He left us, because we were 'holding him back from his baseball career.'"
"Of course he knew. He made a fool of himself; he contradicted himself; he went back on what he'd said. It's simple: La Russa sees Mark as a son. He attracts all the fans, and what happens? He breaks the all-time home run record! That solidified their relationship. And then it's like if your son was in trouble. You'd lie to save his life."
"To this day, five or six days a week, you call him in the morning, he's just finished his workout. He looks like he could play today. That's why I keep asking him to."
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
"I called it years ago. What I called is that you're going to see more black faces, but there ain't no English going to be coming out. … [It's about] being able to tell [Latin players] what to do--being able to control them."
"Where I'm from, you can't control us. You might get a guy to do it that way for a while because he wants to benefit, but in the end, he is going to go back to being who he is. And that's a person that you're going to talk to with respect, you're going to talk to like a man. These are the things my race demands."
"So, if you're equally good as this Latin player, guess who's going to get sent home? I know a lot of players that are home now can outplay a lot of these guys."
THE ICEMAN COMETH
"I think (MLB is) deploying that rhetoric to chill innovation in this segment. I don't think it's working, but I think it would be a big blow to the entertainment industry if they went to court and lost."
"Of course, what they are doing is not legal. We and other leagues have formed a group to study the issue and plan our response. A lot depends on ongoing discussions. Plus, there's no guarantee that Slingbox will be around next year. It's a start-up."
"If I want to watch the (Los Angeles) Dodgers (from San Francisco), an MLB.TV subscription will provide out-of-market games. What the Slingbox does is (give) me access to my local in-market team, my San Francisco Giants, which is what MLB.TV does not provide me when I'm in San Francisco (due to local blackout rules). It's the reason we created the Slingbox."
BUSTER OLNEY GETS A SEQUEL
"I'm as confused as you are; he looks like a piece of garbage. I keep looking and trying to find reasons, but I have no explanation. All I know is that he's not doing the job."
"They haven't drafted well. They don't have anyone down there to bring up. They're reaching down and there's nobody there."
"This is just not a good team. They have a few great players, but overall, it's not good. There are too many average players on that roster."
"He told me to work there and in the [outfield] corner. I am going to play [first] eventually. I am OK with it."
"I am fine with it. Jorge's the DH, and you can't say anything to that because the guy is leading the league in hitting."
A WHOLLY INSANE STAR IS BORN
"I heard from all kinds of people. Everybody wanted to ask me the same questions you're asking. It's been a long day."
"There were some issues that needed to be addressed. There were several things going on during the game, and when some of your players are getting the short end, there comes a time when you've got to stand up."
"IT WAS THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT"
"That's not Yankee pride right there. That's not the way they play. I thought it was bush league."
"That's Toronto's fault. Catch the ball. Get over it."
"I don't know how you can get away with that, unless you're a Yankee player."
"They were angry. Oh, there's no question. I can't say I blame them, but what are you going to do about it? What's happened has happened."
"Sometimes it happens in the heat of the moment. It's not like pimpin' a home run. You don't stand there and watch them. Obviously, Alex Rodriguez has been around the game a long time. That play, it's not as firm as the other unwritten rules."
FIGURE HE'S COSTING HIMSELF A FEW MILLION PER JAB
"What happened in the clubhouse? Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I don't have to say what happened in the clubhouse."
"Well, they weren't all jabs, I'll tell you that."
"Of course. I was born here, I grew up here, I want to die here. I want to finish my career here. That's all I want."
"That's Carlos. I'll address it, and it probably won't happen again. He's an intelligent guy. He usually doesn't make the same mistake twice."
"My agent just sent me a text message saying last year by this time I had three wins. I feel good. I have five wins. They pay me to win. Don't worry about my ERA. My ERA will come down."
"I saw him right afterwards, and it looked pretty painful. It was on the top of his head. It was a cantaloupe, grapefruit, I don't know."
"It seems to me from talking to (Watson), whom I respect, there are some serious inconsistencies (in baseball's judgment)."
"It's very hard to market someone who by his own actions and the way he's approached fans, sponsors, the media over the years led to the reputation he has."
"I think it's great; there's no reason in the world Major League Baseball shouldn't have the same notoriety and marketing and publicity that the NFL and the NBA do with their drafts. We're at a point now where ESPN has found a market for it. I only expect it to get bigger and bigger."
"I saw the ump say, 'You need to come touch first base,' and I was like, 'Oh, OK.' I didn't know what to do. It was weird, man. That was something totally different. But I like it. We won."
"For whatever reason, Moose feels real comfortable with me. I just try to give him a good target, low and on the corners. It's just weird."
"It's almost comical when you start thinking about all of the guys that have gone down. I've never seen anything like this. Hopefully we can get through this and tread water and we'll be getting all of our guys back soon."
"Nah, it hit me square in the booty…I got a nice inning with a no-name jersey and I got to wear my little brother's pants. They were a little tight in the ankles."