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April 24, 2001
The Week in Quotes
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"When I hit it, I couldn't believe I hit it. Everything was in slow motion.
It looked like it was stopped in midair. Then I saw it went past those
people and I thought, 'Wow! I did it!' "
"First of all, I could care less about Barry Bonds's achievements. All I
worry about is winning and losing a game. That's all I care about."
"I knew about it. I read the papers just like anybody else. I wouldn't
really care if I gave up a home run to Barry Bonds because he's such a
great hitter. I just tried to concentrate on what I could control."
"I think it's all in fun. That's why they're some of the greatest fans.
They were in postseason form. If I was wearing a Mariners' uniform tonight,
they would have been cheering for me."
"It was surprising. I didn't expect that. I was expecting more of a
mixed-type reaction. It was almost like the Yankees were in town, right?
Remember, Alex had some wonderful years here."
"That's tough. No respect. I can't deal with it. People have their own
opinion. Maybe the first time. But every single time? Forty-five thousand
people made a decision to boo him. You've got to remember what this guy
brought to the city."
"It is very tough for a ballplayer to get proud and to keep his dignity.
There is not much difference between love and hate."
"I know what it was: I wasn't wearing my lucky underwear. It was
brutal. I felt like it was a spring-training game. After a while, I
expected them to just flip the sides and have us start hitting."
"I said something wrong, and I didn't mean to say something wrong. I meant
to say if you see the replay you're either going to look like a fool or
feel like a fool, and I wound up calling him a fool, and he threw me out
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"I felt OK all night. I actually like pitching on nights like this. For fat
guys like me, it's great because you don't sweat."
"No one wanted to take batting practice against me. I could see the fear in
their eyes. No one wanted to be hit in batting practice. It wasn't
comfortable for me. It wasn't fun. But Willie never hesitated. When it was
my turn to pitch, he'd always say, 'I'll be first.' He did it every time.
And he would go into the cage without a batting helmet. That was his way of
saying he still was with me, that I meant something to him. It was like
he was saying, 'Go ahead. Hit me in the shoulder. Hit me in the ribs. It
doesn't matter. Our relationship is stronger than that.'"
"I grew up with the Bash Brothers. My mom wanted me to go get McGwire's
autograph, but I was too shy. It'd be awesome to get to the majors, but to
get there with Oakland, that's livin' a dream."
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