April 16, 2001
The Week in Quotes
DIGGING A HOLE
"Nobody got injured."
--Tony Muser, Royals manager, on the positives of losing four
straight to the Yankees
"Right now we're like a dog that is down. When you get a dog down, you kick
it. When you're being kicked, you don't like it."
--Russ Johnson, Devil Rays infielder
"Every time we play the Yankees, I get tired of complimenting them. They are
a very, very, very good baseball team. I've been asked how great are they. I
wasn't alive in 1927, so it's hard for me to compare them in history."
"The fact of the matter is we've put ourselves where we are. We have to find
a way out of it."
--Art Howe, A's manager, on his team's slow start
"We should be feeling better, but the hole got deeper today."
--Muser, after the Royals fell to 2-9
OTHER ROUGH STARTS
"I don't feel like I'm throwing terrible. I'm just making mistakes in bad
situations at bad times."
--Ben Sheets, Brewers pitcher
"Normally, I don't do that. Afterward, you think about it and you can't
--Jose Mercedes, Orioles pitcher, on making obscene gesture at
fans and beating up water coolers in the dugout after giving up eight runs
"I'm going deep into the game, but giving up five runs each time. It's
not a good sign."
--David Wells, White Sox pitcher
"It was the good, the bad and the ugly. There was some good, there was some
bad, there was some ugly. I think there's some positive to take out of it."
--Dave Duncan, Cardinals pitching coach, after pitcher Rick
Ankiel allowed four runs in five innings against the Astros
"I think the media has made too much out of it. The kid is 21 years old. That
kid is going to be fine. When I was 21, I was horrible."
--Billy Wagner, Astros pitcher
"He wants to cut his wrist off after that pitch he threw Biggio in the
--Tony La Russa, Cardinals manager, on infielder Craig Biggio's
estimated 424-foot homer off pitcher Darryl Kile
"We didn't do anything fancy. We just played blue-collar baseball."
--Lou Piniella, Mariners manager
"As soon as I walked in the door I said, 'I love Canada!' It's treated me
pretty good. It doesn't really matter where I'm pitching, but it's always nice when
you come to your home country and you throw the ball well."
--Ryan Dempster, Marlins pitcher, on returning to his native Canada
"It's nice to beat the Giants. It looked like we
had to disguise ourselves to do it, but we did it."
--Bruce Bochy, Padres manager, on dressing up in camouflage uniforms
for an 8-3 win over the Giants
HITTING THEORY AND PRACTICE
"He's going to end up hitting whatever he hits every year."
--John Boles, Marlins manager, on Expos outfielder Vladimir Guerrero
"I'm not going up there looking for a walk, that's not my intention. My
intention is to get on base, but it's not to walk. If I go up there looking
for a walk, my game's going out the door. That's just not my game. My game is
to stay aggressive, and you can't have it both ways. You want a guy to get up
there and walk, you better get somebody else. I'm not going up there to walk,
I'm going up there to hit."
--Marquis Grissom, Dodgers outfielder
"We knew he could play. I don't know where he gets all that power from. He's
not a big kid."
--Art Howe, Athletics manager, on Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki
"Hitting is contagious. That's one of the oldest things you hear in baseball,
and it's the truth. No doubt about it."
--Jeromy Burnitz, Brewers outfielder, on being one of five Brewers to hit
home runs versus the Giants
"I felt like my seat in the dugout was spring-loaded. As soon as I got a sip
of water, the guys were telling me to go get them again. I'm sure we made Bud
Selig very happy."
--Chuck Finley, Indians pitcher, on a two hour, three minute game
against the Tigers
"If anybody knows the formula to bring along young players, it would be him."
--Jerry Manuel, White Sox manager, on Twins manager Tom Kelly
"They still boo me. That's OK. They only boo good players."
--Benito Santiago, Giants catcher
"The choice of which team's logo appears on a player's plaque is our
decision. In David's case, we gave him the opportunity to be a part of the
process since the majority of his career was divided evenly between the
Padres and the Yankees. The logo selection is important from an historical
standpoint and the museum has a responsibility to properly interpret the
--Dale Petroskey, Hall of Fame president, on Dave Winfield's
induction as a Padre
"We don't have a 40 home run guy anymore... We have to reduce mistakes,
take advantage of every opportunity we get... We need to improve on moving
runners over from second to third and our base running. There can be an
eight- to 10-game swing in a season just from base running."
--Syd Thrift, Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations
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