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April 16, 2001
The Week in Quotes
DIGGING A HOLE
"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."
OTHER ROUGH STARTS
"Normally, I don't do that. Afterward, you think about it and you can't
"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."
"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."
"It's nice to beat the Giants. It looked like we
had to disguise ourselves to do it, but we did it."
HITTING THEORY AND PRACTICE
"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."
"Hitting is contagious. That's one of the oldest things you hear in baseball,
and it's the truth. No doubt about it."
"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."
"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
"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."
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