November 21, 2000
The Week in Quotes
October 12-November 20, 2000
"It hasn't sunk in yet. I don't have trophies up in the house. I don't keep
pictures of myself. I don't brag about my accomplishments. This is
something that is a fantasy."
"I wanted to thank [Mark McGwire] first before anybody else because what he
meant to me and my career. He was so excited for me. We have such a special
friendship. He is everything from a mentor to a big brother and everything
"I don't look at the results. I don't even know my numbers. I know you
chose me as the Cy Young winner. I'm very pleased, proud and grateful. I'm
really honored and flattered to be chosen unanimously as the winner. It is
equally special and equally important to last year."
"I'm very proud of where I came from. In the minor leagues, I never
imagined I would be in that category with those type of players. It's been
a long road to get to where I am."
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE
"At the start of spring training, there no longer exists hope and faith for
the fans of more than half our 30 clubs. It is my job to restore hope and
faith. I can assure you this system will be changed."
"There's no way you can replace a bat like Manny Ramirez. He's been one of
the premier players in the American League for years. I'm not trying to
come there and be anyone's savior. I just want to be part of the machine."
"A couple of years ago, we almost lost 100 games. We've really turned the
corner. Billy Beane did an unbelievable job putting together this machine
we have going now. Hopefully, we can take it to the next step."
"I wouldn't have signed here for six more years if I didn't think we
couldn't win a world championship here. I want to win here. I want to get a
ring here. And when I get that ring, I'm going to put it under my pillow
and try to get another the next year."
"Without question, this is an important day for us. He always maintained he
wanted to remain with the Pittsburgh Pirates and this contract continues
"I think he brings quality and depth to the back end of our bullpen."
"I'm confident, or I wouldn't be sitting here right now,"
WHO WANTS TO SIGN BASEBALL'S BEST PLAYER?
"There were no demands made. When he called to tell me about his concerns
about what Seattle had done with Alex, I listened to what he said and told
him Alex is comfortable with the normal and customary treatment the New
York Mets give their players."
"What he says now is that he wants to be treated like any other player on
the team. Then, it was show us the design on how we will market around the
player. How many billboards will be put up in the city? How will the other
players feel about being moved into a secondary role? It was that sort of
tone and that sort of content."
"I got calls from all the other wolves and they seemed to be pleased that
one wolf was dead."
"The most difficult part is that pitching salaries have gone out of whack
for the number of games they give you. Hitters are more predictable than
pitchers in what they can do for you."
The WiQ would like to wish consistent featured and favored player Will Clark the best of luck in his retirement, and offer our thanks for many funny, honest, and often unprintable quotations, as well as years of fine baseball.
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