ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING IT
"Teams not hitting are the teams not walking. All great hitters wait for
their pitch to come to them–Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, [Barry] Larkin.
That’s why Larkin always hits .300 and why he always hits well in the
— Bob Boone, Reds manager
"I was not trying to hit anyone. And if I was, I wouldn’t hit them in the
foot. If they go back and think about it, they would know that I wasn’t
trying to hit them. Obviously, some pitches got away, but I am not going to
— Scott Schoeneweis, Angels pitcher, on hitting four batters in one start,
including Frankie Menechino twice
"The things I did may be overreaction by me. Hey, it’s not like Bill Selby
is chopped liver. It was just that we had the lead, and I wanted my best
defense in place. I was wanting to win that one so bad. It was no harm, no
— Bob Boone, Reds manager, on switching Juan Castro and
Bill Selby between second base and shortstop three times in one
inning to keep Castro in front of likely balls in play
"I thought it was funny, didn’t think anything bad about it. Hey, the
second-base umpire asked me if we had a kangaroo court and that the manager
should be brought up on charges. I was just wondering when I came to bat how
they would announce me. Would it be, ‘Bill Selby, second baseman, third
baseman, second baseman, third baseman, second baseman, utility player.’"
— Bill Selby, Reds infielder
"I don’t plan on coming back until it completely heals. If I was 35 years
old and we were going into the playoffs, I might suck it up and pitch. But
I’m 29 and hopefully have a long career remaining. There’s no use going out
there and hurting the team."
— Billy Wagner, Astros pitcher
"If it’s this way six weeks from now, we might have to make some changes.
And even if we’re getting better, we might have to do it. I think it will be
a very active trading period."
— Peter Magowan, Giants owner
"If I was Pat Gillick, I would trade Ichiro [Suzuki], [Freddy] Garcia and
Edgar [Martinez] and they might go undefeated next year."
— Alex Rodriguez, Rangers infielder, on the Mariners’ fortunes without him
"I’ll tell you what. To get rained out and come in here, it’s like a
beautiful woman is in the room and my eyeballs [are] poked out. That’s kind
of what I feel like. You feel like, my gosh. You feel like you get something
going. I was throwing the ball real well before then. It’s been four of the
last five starts I’ve seen rain. It’s just the way it goes. I could cry my
sob story, but we’re 20 games under .500, so there’s a lot worse things
going on around here. It [stinks], but … I could be in Triple-A."
— Rob Bell, Reds pitcher, on doing well in his rained-out starts
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