November 5, 2007
The Week in Quotes
October 29-November 4
GO WEST, OLD JOE, GO WEST!
"I've seen the pictures in the paper with the superimposed Dodger blue on him. Certainly, it's different. They'll get a heck of a manager. I don't think anybody doubts that."
"How funny is it that for the last 12 years my sisters and I have rooted like heck for the Yankees, and now we're going to be rooting like heck for the Dodgers. Vero [Beach] is only about an hour from where I live, and I'm excited for the opportunity to be able to visit Joey and my longtime friend Tommy Lasorda in spring training. Tommy is the greatest. We need more people like him in baseball."
"There are things about Joe Torre, if I wanted to come out and say, would show how cold and calculated he really is... Joe Torre is for Joe Torre. ... The graveyard of Yankees coaches is loaded with bones of coaches Joe Torre did nothing about."
"I mean, the worst thing he did, I guess, was to win so quickly and so consistently that people in the organization raised the bar to a ridiculous level. It's pretty tough when you win 94 games and you lose your job, but he's proud of the 12 years with the Yankees and that he returned them to a level at which they had once been and belonged, and he's about as loose and happy as I've seen him in quite a while. The last two years were just not that much fun because of the win-or-else expectation that some in the organization put on him."
"The track record speaks for itself. I hope he gets us back to the playoffs. This speaks volumes about what the team is willing to do to win. I talked to Scott Proctor today. He said to be ready to pitch a lot. He likes to use the bullpen. That's fine with me."
"I get asked whether the Yankees will miss Torre; all I can go by is my own experience and all the places I've managed. They miss you for about a week, and then they move on."
"TIME TO MOVE ON/TIME TO GET GOING/WHAT LIES AHEAD I HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING"
"I appreciate your patience in the process because I know that your jobs are extremely difficult having to cover what is such an important decision making process. Obviously the Yankee manager, whoever it is, is an extremely important position in all of sports."
"We're still the Steinbrenner Yankees. We're still big game hunters."
"There are growing pains with every new relationship, but hopefully growing pains won't really exist."
"My father hasn't spoken in a month. And when the lady who takes care of my father--he has Alzheimer's--showed him the picture of me as the new Yankee manager, my father said, 'Oh, yeah.' This means a lot to our family."
WE'RE LOOKING AT A STARTING POINT OF $500 MILLION OVER 15 YEARS, AND WE'D ALSO LIKE A SMALL NATION TO BE NAMED LATER
"They knew when they acquired him that this contract was intended by both parties to be a seven-year deal. Only if A-Rod was injured or malperformed, then the deal would have gone on to the full term. They knew that and they did nothing about it."
"I've known George for 25 years and I've never heard him use those words. I don't know what those words mean. But I do know I have a player who is held accountable for winning in the postseason, and there's concern that the direction of the New York Yankees has changed."
"We wanted him to stay a Yankee. We wanted to let him know how much we wanted him. The bottom line is... do we really want anybody that really doesn't want to be a Yankee? How the heck can you do that?"
"That's what we're trying to set up--a situation where Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez are together, and it's about baseball and hitting and not anything to do with Alex's contract."
"Compare him with [Derek] Jeter. Jeter, since he was a little kid, all he ever wanted to do was play shortstop for the Yankees. That's what we want."
"Everything that goes on about the description of how and why, it ultimately is noise. The fact of the matter is, he's not our third baseman. That's the fact."
A-ROD DON'T COST A THING
"This is not a baseball decision, it's a business decision. The Mets are in a rare situation where they can add a player of Alex's performance and he doesn't cost them a thing. To me, this is an easy, easy call."
"Finances are definitely going to be involved. You want to make the best decision for your club. I'm sure Alex wants to make the best decision, and if the two jell, something can get done."
"I also have trouble envisioning places where A-Rod can go. What teams have the financial wherewithal, as well as the specific need? If you survey the field, there aren't that many places. Now I know it takes only one other place, and there may be somebody out there who is willing to sign on to some astronomically long, burdensome contract."
"I can't say that because I don't know what the numbers are going to be. Arte and I talk about a lot of things, and the most important is improving the club, bringing a quality product to the fans year after year. If something makes sense, we'll take a strong look at it."
"You guys are putting me in a tough spot. I know Mike does [fit in]. That's the only way I can answer it. Mike's a great player. He was even better this year. I can say that."
FOR KENNY, THE FUN IS JUST BEGINNING
"I have a definite plan. The one challenge is our free agent list and how much we can afford and how those players fit. But once those dominoes start to fall, things will start to fall quickly."
"I'm not a six-year-old. It would be nice to talk to someone and find out why I'm going there and as to how it will benefit me, instead of someone saying, 'You are going down there."
"I'm sure he's disappointed over the opportunities he hasn't maximized."
"We have an idea who we match up with."
THE SON OF STEINBRENNER SPEAKS! AND SAYS THIS
"If someone came out twenty years from now and said they released those bugs on purpose, I'd believe it."
"I heard Bernie for 11 years playing the guitar, so I can go a little time without it."
"In '05, who'd we lose to?...The hottest team wins, we haven't been the hottest team."
"We could certainly go that route. That's why you engage the 29 other clubs, to see what develops and what makes sense."
"I've never looked at it that way. I've never said I need to sign a player because he will bring us greater attendance. The way I look at it is that winning brings an attendance boost. We have to put together a good baseball team that fans like to watch."
"I cried like crazy in the clubhouse, and Jeter saved me by pouring champagne over me."
"After all of the analysis and testing, I can only conclude that a nutritional supplement I was taking was tainted. Unfortunately, the actual supplement is gone, and therefore cannot be tested. Without the actual supplement in hand, the rules are clear, and I must accept the suspension."
"They [Marlin officials] know what they want and they don't make many mistakes in evaluation. I suspect, like with Beckett, they will target a few teams they know have what they want. They are not going to open this up to 29 teams. This will not be an auction. They will ask a big price, and if anyone says yes, they will do it."
"Boston now is one of the best cities ever."
Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.