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February 1, 2010
The Week in Quotes
HE'LL MISS THE WEATHER MOST OF ALL
"I came up here and I love it here. My thing is I want to stay here as long as possible. For now, I'm here for two more years anyway. All that other stuff, hopefully, will work out."
"I have to work out, or I'd be huge. That's not an option for me. ... I don't want to turn into an obese person, because I can."
"In the end, it's my decision. But as my agent, he's going to make sure that I have the most information possible about what's going to benefit me and my family. That's what it's about first. My family has to be happy, and then I go from there. There's no urgency right now as far as that."
"He's close enough to free agency that it really doesn't make a lot of sense for him to sign a deal at this point. You have to be [realistic]."
"I'm just letting it happen. I don't sit and fret about it. I think the right thing is going to happen. I think we all know. I think we all know the ramifications if something were not to happen and it would go the other way. That wouldn't be a good thing for anybody. I don't see who, other than maybe some clubs out east."
HE MAY JUST HIDE IN HIS OLD LOCKER UNTIL APRIL
"Whenever it is, whether I start the season with them, or whether they trade for me at the deadline, or if they sign me next year, or what not-I love New York."
"I hope he is not offered a 45 percent pay cut."
"Everybody knew it was a great fit, so did Cashman and so did the Steinbrenners. ... My heart is in New York. I love playing there. Unfortunately, there's some differences on what was talked about. Here I am, and I'm looking forward to another team right now."
"I think he can be a good player for us. I know people have talked about Randy Winn replacing Johnny Damon, and that wasn't why we signed Randy Winn. We signed Randy Winn so we'd have depth to make sure we have depth and make sure that we have competition. If someone gets hurt, we have enough people to fill the spot. Randy Winn has been an everyday player for a long time. We're comfortable with him in that spot."
IF YOU WANT TO CROWN THEM, GO AHEAD AND CROWN THEM
"I need to believe in and support them. If I ever don't believe in the team, we'll replace the team. We'll make changes. We've made changes along the way. Pittsburgh needs to have extraordinarily capable leaders who are focused on the process and driving the team forward. That's what we need to compete, to win."
"Do we have enough talent? Absolutely not. We need another great draft. We've had two good ones, and we need to do it again. And again and again."
"Honestly, I won't be satisfied with any season until we win a championship. Incremental improvement might be encouraging at some level but, in terms of what's satisfactory... I'll be pleased with a championship season."
I MEAN, LOOK AT THE SUCCESS OF THE COWBOYS AND THE MAVERICKS
"Our fans and our team are on the same page-we expect big things. Baseball is going to explode in this town."
"I couldn't be prouder to be a Ranger than I am right now. Everything a player could ask for, we have right now. We have the ability to go out and win our division in 2010, and we have brighter days ahead."
"How do we create a higher tempo of energy in the front office? How can we do a better job of filling the stands and make an impact on people's lives? If we succeed on the business side and continue on path on the baseball side and combine it with a dynamic market like this is, we can be-and should be-one of the powerhouse franchises in baseball."
JOSH, I HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR STAY WITH THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS
"We were close on a couple of deals that we thought were good deals for our organization. Once a lot of the right-handed bats had fallen, it has backed off a little bit. We're always looking. Josh is a guy that we love in the clubhouse, we love in the field; he's a guy that protects Dunn in the five hole there, so we're certainly not in the market of looking to move him."
"If it's a good young starter that's a long-term guy for us, we would think about it, but we're in no hurry to trade Willingham. He's too good in the five hole, he's too good in the clubhouse, and a good guy to be around."
"He has to put in his apprenticeship in the minor leagues, and his talent will dictate where he goes from there."
"He gets a little excited at times, excited and colorful when the doors are closed, but I learned a lot of things from him that I employ in my general managership today."
"Only one job in baseball has been open, and that was Baltimore. I was considered for it, and that was great. I didn't get it, but that's how it goes. ... I just want to say that I hope to be back in baseball for my 32nd straight season and I'm still hopeful. It's nearly February, but I'm still hopeful."
"He's the best pitcher in baseball right now; Cliff Lee may be a tad behind him. Of course, it would have been nice to have Halladay, Lee, Hamels, I'd be looking good. I might be buying more expensive furniture than me and the missus have been buying lately. Baseball is baseball. I have my own opinions and suggestions, but like everyone else, I have a boss. The Phillies, over the last two or three years, have made good decisions. You get into a situation where you have to make decisions. I trust them. What we got is what we will play with until we see something we need to improve on."
"He was trying to manipulate the ball a little bit. Sometimes when you are good, you think you can do that, there's a danger in that. That's the meat of it."
"My play will dictate the amount of playing time I'm warranted. One of the things Jack and I talked about... I'm not going to complain. I've had plenty of time on the bench and I know how to deal with that role. That's not a big deal to me. It's about taking advantage of whatever opportunity I have. ... I just needed a team to believe in me half as much as I believe in myself. Speaking to Jack, that's what I felt."
"He always made sure I knew what suit to buy and how to dress. He'd never holler at me. If he had something to say, he'd talk soft. When we were in California, I'd stay at his house, and when we went on the road, his kid was my roommate. Chris Durocher, he was about seven, we'd go on the road, and Leo would say, 'You got him,' so for two weeks, I can't go nowhere, can't do nothing. I think that was Leo's way of looking after me."
Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.