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October 20, 2008
The Week in Quotes
THE DEVIL WAS HOLDING THEM BACK
"He looked like he was just pitching a bullpen."
"It's no tougher than any other loss."
"I think it's a great thing that we came here and got two from these guys."
"The biggest thing for all of us, I believe, is for us to understand that all it is, is a loss. Nothing else."
"When he brought out this 9=8 thing, we kind of all looked at each other like, 'What's this guy talking about?' And it made sense in the end. We believed in it, and we believed in ourselves. I think that's kind of what the point of all his slogans talk about; you've got to believe in yourselves before anybody else does."
THEO EPSTEIN'S TEARS TASTE LIKE SOUR PATCH KIDS
"I tried my best, but it's not going to be roses and flowers all the time."
"Of course you miss Manny. You know Manny's the kind of guy that knows how to get it done in October. Manny's one of the best hitters in the game. Of course we missed Manny. I'm not going to lie to you."
"He means a [heck] of a lot to this team and to this organization. He exemplifies what a Boston Red Sox player should be. He's always busting his butt. He's said it before, but he can go 0 for 2,000 and we don't care. As a team, as a pitching staff, what he does behind the plate is so much more valuable than what he does at the plate."
"It's probably pretty appropriate. We come down to the last game, and whoever plays better gets to move on."
A DREADLOCKED SHADOW LOOKETH ON
"Some wanted him to be paid days. It was obviously a somewhat sensitive subject with some guys, but we didn't spend too much time on it. After the vote, we moved on."
"He pays for himself. You've got a free player with Manny. He's an iconic player who's changed the face and fortunes of the franchise.''
"I don't know how [McCourt] doesn't bring him back. It's got to be as much a business decision as a baseball decision. He's [Manny's] got the Dodgers by the balls."
AFTER THAT VIRTUOSO MANAGING PERFORMANCE, WE'RE SHOCKED TOO
"I just wish there wasn't so much emphasis put on veteran managers."
"I'll match my knowledge of baseball and my ability to slow the game down with anybody."
WAY TO HELP THAT HALL OF FAME CASE, BARRY
"There were numerous things that occurred that made me believe that the clubs were acting in concert. When I testify as a witness in the case, I will delineate each and every one of them."
"We have the agreement about the timing of a potential grievance. Our investigation revealed a violation of the Basic Agreement. It's a violation of the Basic Agreement related to Barry Bonds and free agency."
"I am convinced, based on MLB's actions in 2008, that they will never let him wear a major league uniform ever again."
NOT THAT MANY FOLKS ARE EXCITED ABOUT RE-SIGNING WILLIE BLOOMQUIST TO A TWO-YEAR DEAL
"Is there something happening there I don't know about?"
"I don't think so. I think these guys who are pulling themselves out of contention are making a huge mistake. Sure, you might like it where you are. Sure, you might have signed a deal where you are through 2010 or 2011 or so. But are you telling me that you're going to be better off working for someone else for the next two or three years? The Mariners are going to be offering a three- or four-year contract for more money and the chance to run things. How can you pass on that?"
"There aren't that many of these jobs that come open. And most don't let you live is someplace as terrific as Seattle. And most don't have the Mariners' financial resources. Turning your back on a chance at a job like that is just dumb."
SIGNING A GUY TO A LONG TERM DEAL INSPIRES A LOT OF LOYALTY
"If you have something you value at one million dollars, it would be foolish to refuse to consider selling it for twenty million dollars. On the flip side, it would also be foolish to sell it for anything less than one million."
"The thing that makes the market work is that each player has a different value to virtually every club."
"Furthermore, no one player makes a great team. This has been proven time and time again in baseball. We don't need to look any further than the 2008 Padres that went 63-99 with Jake Peavy, but I will."
"I know what I want. I've known what I wanted to do for months. You never know how it's going to play out. I've got ideas; you know I've got ideas."
"Juan has never questioned the players Joe Torre has put on the field. The team was winning with them out there. That's not the issue. He understands the situation, he understands why those are the players that have been playing. It's just an unfortunate situation as it relates to Juan."
"At least we have a chance, whereas before, we wouldn't have any chance with a pitcher of CC's caliber. I do feel we will make him an offer, and at that point, it will be in his court."
"Maybe I didn't do a good job with the infielders. But stats-wise, all four guys were as good as or better than the year before. Jason played 115 games at first; he played only 15 the year before. We had the best fielding team in the league. I'm not a real stats guy other than wins, but I'm trying to figure out how to answer questions for potential employers especially."
"Jake strongly prefers the National League, and it would take major enticement to get him to agree to go to any American League club. He has obviously had a lot of success in the NL and feels very comfortable there. Also, he is a pretty good hitter, and he views that as an advantage."
Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.