TUESDAYS WITH RICKEY
"I accept it as respect. You’re trying to boo Rickey to get his attention.
You’re paying attention to me. You’re talking to me."
—Rickey Henderson, Padres outfielder, on hearing boos from Mets fans in his
return to New York
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"It’s sad for me to see him go. He did more work for our staff than anybody
I’ve been around. But in major league baseball, when you don’t perform
things like this happen."
—Tony Muser, Royals manager, on the firing of pitching coach Brent Strom
"All of a sudden, now it’s Cam Bonifay’s fault that we’re not winning.
That’s the most ridiculous statement in the world. Cam Bonifay doesn’t throw
one baseball, doesn’t attempt to hit one, doesn’t make one hook slide,
doesn’t throw anyone out at the plate. His job is to acquire players, and
he’s done a damn good job of it."
—Lloyd McClendon, Pirates manager, on criticism of GM Cam Bonifay
"I never really worried about it. I’m always trying to just worry about
pitching, and run support has nothing to do with pitching. I mean, I’ve
never really worried about it, and hopefully, I never will."
—Greg Maddux, Braves pitcher, on his team’s low scoring during his starts
"People are down on me, the fans, the media, saying it was a bad trade. But
batting average is probably the most overrated statistic in baseball.
Scoring runs and driving in runs to win–that’s the thing."
—Johnny Damon, Athletics outfielder
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ALL QUOTES GUARANTEED REAL
"His last pitch, his only poor pitch. He forced that pitch. If he had let it
go easily as he had been doing before that, I feel he’d have rolled through
the ninth…. 130 pitches, no problem for a big guy six weeks into the
—Bryan Price, Mariners pitching coach, on a Freddy Garcia
"We found the spot where you don’t want to pitch to Gonzalez. How we kept
throwing it there, I don’t know."
—Bob Boone, Reds manager, on giving up three home runs to Diamondbacks
outfielder Luis Gonzalez in six at-bats
"My first at-bat, four balls in a row. I say, ‘What’s going on? He’s a
strike machine. He’s a strike machine. That’s when I knew it was going to be
a good day for me.’"
—Miguel Tejada, Athletics infielder, after three walks in a game against
the Yankees, two against Mike Mussina
"[Adam Kennedy]’ll surprise you. If he gets a ball that he can drive, he
certainly showed that he can hit the ball out of the ballpark. I think he’s
more patient this year and you’re seeing him work deeper counts, which will
pay off for him."
—Mike Scioscia, Angels manager, on infielder Adam Kennedy
"This just came out of right field and smacked us across the face. We don’t
look at the big picture. That’s the only way to do it. Look at the game that
night and take it for what it’s worth. If nothing else, we’re all
professionals and we’re being paid money–some of us a lot of money. There’s
no reason why you can’t go out and work hard for three or four hours a
—Paul Konerko, White Sox infielder, on his team’s slow start
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