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The Year in Quotes
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John Erhardt and Alex Carnevale

08-21

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The Week in Quotes: August 14-20
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The Week in Quotes: August 7-13
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The Week in Quotes: July 31-August 6
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The Week in Quotes: July 10-16
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The Week in Quotes: July 3-9
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The Week in Quotes: June 12-18
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The Week in Quotes: June 5-11
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The Week in Quotes: May 29-June 4
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The Week in Quotes: May 22-28
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The Week in Quotes: May 15-21
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The Week in Quotes: May 8-14
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The Week in Quotes: May 1-7
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The Week in Quotes: April 24-30
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The Week in Quotes: April 17-23
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The Week in Quotes: April 10-16
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The Week in Quotes: April 2-9
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The Week in Quotes: March 27-April 2
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03-27

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The Week in Quotes: March 20-26
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John Erhardt and Paul Swydan

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The Week in Quotes: March 13-19
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The Week in Quotes: March 6-12
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The Week in Quotes: February 27-March 5
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02-27

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The Week in Quotes: February 21-26
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The Week in Quotes: February 13-20
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The Week in Quotes: February 6-12
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The Week in Quotes: January 30-February 5
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The Week in Quotes: January 23-29
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The Week in Quotes: January 16-22
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The Week in Quotes: January 9-15
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The Week in Quotes: January 3-8
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The Week in Quotes: December 19-January 2
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12-27

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The Year in Quotes
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The Week in Quotes: December 12-18
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The Week in Quotes: December 5-11
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The Week in Quotes: November 28-December 4
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The Week in Quotes: November 7-13
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The Week in Quotes: October 31-November 6
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The Week in Quotes: October 24-30
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The Week in Quotes: October 17-23
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The Week in Quotes: October 10-16
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The Week in Quotes: October 3-9
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10-03

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The Week in Quotes: September 26-October 2
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09-26

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The Week in Quotes: September 19-25
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The Week in Quotes: September 12-18
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The Week in Quotes: September 5-11
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09-05

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The Week in Quotes: August 29-September 4
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08-29

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The Week in Quotes: August 22-28
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08-25

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A Modest Proposal
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08-22

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The Week in Quotes: August 15-21
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08-08

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The Week in Quotes: August 1-7
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Theo Epstein resigns in Beantown, Tampa and Philly solve their own GM problems, and the Gold Gloves are announced.

"I had to ask, 'resigned or re-signed?' It came back, 'No, he resigned.' That was a surprising development."
--former Red Sox V.P. For Baseball Operations Mike Port, on former Boston GM Theo Epstein's resignation (New York Times)

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The White Sox win the World Series, the Astros wait until next year, Ozzie Guillen lives in a man's world, and Paul DePodesta is fired in L.A.

"In sports, I haven't had a greater feeling."
--White Sox GM Ken Williams (Chicago Tribune)

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The Astros defeat the Cardinals, Ozzie Guillen's still at it, Journey's a manly band, and a classy outfielder hangs 'em up.

"I thought about Craig more than anything, all the time we've spent together, working, trying to get to this moment. Running out there, that's for the kids. Young guys jump around. Us old guys would just get hurt."
--Houston first baseman Jeff Bagwell, on finally making it to the World Series after 15 seasons (Houston Chronicle)

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Players react to the officiating in the Angels-White Sox series, the coaching staff turnover begins, and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is just...wow.

"He swung at the ball, and it was strike three. I caught the ball, so I thought it was an out."
--Angels catcher Josh Paul, on the controversial dropped third strike in Game Two (Chicago Sun-Times)

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The Astros react to their historic clinching game, the White Sox move on, David Wells may retire, and Eric Gagne sounds off about the Dodgers.

"He's not of this planet. He's part superhero, part cartoon character."
--Astros GM Tim Purpura, on Roger Clemens (MLB.com)

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A.J. Burnett gets sent packing, Mike Piazza gets sent off gracefully, Bernie Williams has a few more weeks before he gets sent off, and playoff-bound teams rejoice.

"We play scared. We manage scared. We coach scared."
--Marlins pitcher A.J. Burnett, on the Marlins (Miami Herald)

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Lou Piniella calls it quits, Hawk Harrelson's still proud to be a homer, Ozzie Guillen's turning to soap operas, and Rafael Palmeiro threw Miguel Tejada under a bus.

"We decided it's probably best that Raffy not dress with the club for the rest of the year. It was physically coming back and getting in shape and playing again, as well as the distraction of everything else."
--Orioles GM Jim Beattie, on Rafael Palmeiro not rejoining the team this year (Baltimore Sun)

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Neifi Perez wants to come back...as a starter, Keith Foulke is a little upset, Leo Mazzone takes a beaning, Delmon Young wants some respect, and Barry Bonds returns.

"As a team, we're traditional to think that we're not going to get into Wild Card formulas. The magic number has got to be zero to celebrate. And it's one, right? Trust me, it's one. But because of our record against Houston and all that, technically... But we went through this last year. When it gets to zero, that's when we celebrate."
--Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, on being on the cusp of clinching the NL Central (MLB.com)

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Jeff Kent doesn't like baseball and wishes he started a fight with Barry Bonds, Charlie Manuel knows clutch, Kyle Lohse takes out a door, and Mike Morse gets acquainted with Triple Jeopardy.

"I don't see why you need to say hello to someone 365 days a year. Shouldn't once a week be enough?"
--Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent, on being friendly in the clubhouse (Los Angeles Times)

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Tony La Russa has some words about sabermetrics, Rafael Palmeiro drowns out the boos, Jim Bowden does things the Max Power way, and David Wells comes full circle.

"I've been sat down and told they can give me a better way to do everything. They really are convinced that they can sit there and crunch out a formula that negates my power of observation."
--Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, on sabermetric researchers (New York Times)

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Got milk? Got team chemistry? Got...rally panties? If not, then check out this steroid-free edition of The Week in Quotes.

"That's unfair to him, to single out one incident and I won't single out incidents. It's been a build-up of frustration of our season and this isn't pinned at Milton. This was just a clarification of what this team needs to continue to do if it wants to win."
--Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent, on his heated conversation with teammate Milton Bradley after Bradley failed to score on a Kent double (Los Angeles Times)

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August 25, 2005 12:00 am

A Modest Proposal

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The dog days of August mean that the Little League World Series is back, unintentionally highlighting many flaws in the coverage of MLB games.

I cannot really explain my one-month fixation on Little League. My wife has noticed that I'm now far more likely to watch two six-inning games involving Little Leaguers than I am to turn one channel leftward from ESPN2 to ESPN to catch the Cardinals game occurring in that same time slot. I have never heard of the players or most of the towns, and by next year's Series I will completely forget who I enjoyed watching the most this year. The players are 11 and 12 years old. Some of them look funny when they run. They are simultaneously thrilled to be there and nervous as hell, and every camera shot confirms this. I am drawn to the Little League World Series and, until this week, I could never articulate why that was the case.

Little League has history, but it doesn't have History in the sepia-toned sense. There are no grainy films of Sandy Koufax mowing down eight-year olds with a prepubescent but recognizable curveball, no surviving home movies of little Markie McGwire's first home run against the big kids. Instead, we have continuously jostled footage of that Drury kid who went on to the NHL, and a quick closeup of a young Sean Burroughs sitting in a chain-linked dugout (with the implied optimistic wishes for his eventual re-promotion to the majors).

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