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April 13, 1998

The Week in Quotes

April 6-12

by Dennis Cleary

UPS ...

"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

THE REST

"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

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