February 19, 2001
The Week in Quotes
"Clearly some compensation is in order. This tear is categorically old."
"Both sides have assumed a certain amount of risk in making this trade.
Ideally, both teams are satisfied by a trade. Obviously, pending Tuesday's
exam, Toronto has expressed concern. However, unless we are advised
otherwise by the commissioner's office, we have no reason to believe that
this trade is anything but a completed deal."
"At the time I was getting examined, I didn't think there was much to worry
about because they didn't seem too concerned. But one of my first reactions
after being traded was I must really be hurt because I didn't think the
trade made much sense."
"There's a new attitude over here this year. We want to win, and we don't
need anybody coming in here and talking about your teammates like that. You
don't do that on winning teams."
"He's never been an everyday player. If you haven't been playing everyday,
stick to your role."
"This was never about Derek Bell. I respect Derek Bell and this never had
anything to do with him. He was a circumstance that was here. [The problem]
was between the organization and myself."
"There are two different ways to go about a transition. Either you totally
go with young guys. Or put two or three or four in the lineup at a time.
Then you add to the mix. We have obviously chosen that route. It should be
a busy spring training, but every situation has its own rewards."
"Bring the kids to see the kids."
"I looked kind of foolish in some people's eyes, that I could have him
cheaper last year. But I didn't want to set the bar. I didn't want to be
the guy to set the bar. I'm tired of hearing those Yankees this, Yankees
"George Steinbrenner put his money where his heart is."
"He reiterated that you have to believe you can win before you can win. I
think he really wants to put it in our heads that if we believe in ourselves,
we don't have to be the underdogs."
"At his age, [Sidney Ponson] has pitched a lot of innings in a short number
of years. We feel like this gives him the opportunity to assume a
leadership role and have a breakthrough year."
"This is a different ballclub, no question about it. It's hard. In the last
two years, we've lost 90 to 100 home runs. We're going to have to change
our style of play. Unless we swing a deal for another hitter, we're going
to have to be a team that executes well offensively and defensively. We
don't have that margin for error. Other years, a three-run homer could make
up for a lot of ills."
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