April 13, 1998
The Week in Quotes
"This is going to be a good club, but I don't know to what extent yet. It will be an exciting year. We've got a pretty good ballclub. We've still got to see how things go, see how things fall into place."
-- Tony Gwynn, Padres outfielder
"The crowd reaction today was great for me. I just hope they know that I'm not going to be perfect all the time."
-- Pedro Martinez, Red Sox pitcher
"We know that things are not going to continue at this torrid pace, but hopefully things will continue to go well for us."
-- Quinton McCracken, Devil Rays outfielder
... AND DOWNS
"We all stink."
-- Jim Leyland, Marlins manager
"I have instructed my agent, Dan Lozano, to shut down contract negotiations with the Dodgers. I let the talks become a distraction, and for that I apologize to my teammates and our fans."
-- Mike Piazza, Dodgers catcher
"If we are going to have nights like this, guys are going to find themselves in Triple-A."
-- Don Baylor, Rockies manager, on losing 18-7
"With the exception of opening day, we haven't played one good game."
-- Dan Plesac, Blue Jays pitcher
"They say you can't win it in April, but this is where it all starts."
-- Rod Beck, Cubs pitcher
"Who says you have to score runs on a home run? That's the beauty of the game, you can score runs any which way."
-- Mark McGwire, Cardinals infielder
"Playing second base is something that has gone 1,000 times better than I ever thought it would go."
-- Craig Biggio, Astros infielder
"If I have a chance to win a game in the 9th inning, I'll use everybody I have. Why save anybody for the 10th?"
-- Phil Garner, Brewers manager
"Wil Cordero is not the person that the media put out there. I want people to know that I don't go home each night and beat my wife and that is what people think."
-- Wil Cordero, White Sox outfielder
"We can't go wire-to-wire; we proved that opening day. But to win the tough games, that makes everybody kind of relaxed. We know that if we can't> outslug them, we can do the little things and win with our pitching."
-- Ray Miller, Orioles manager
"Over the next three years, we have a chance to be one of the quality organizations in the major leagues."
-- Chuck LaMar, Devil Rays GM
"[Marge Schott] was always very nice to me. I don't know if she knew who I was, but she was always nice to me."
-- Dave Burba, Indians pitcher
"You can feel the intensity and the electricity in the stands when [Mark McGwire] comes up, and rightfully so. He hits a baseball like no other human being."
-- Bruce Bochy, Padres manager