"I’ve thought for a while that he’s the best player in the history of the
game. Name someone better."

Brady Anderson, Orioles outfielder, on Giants outfielder Barry Bonds

"Bonds is way better. Look at the walks, dude."

–Anderson, responding to ‘Willie Mays

"It’s all about on-base percentage. That’s the most important number in our

Ken Williams, White Sox GM


"Yeah, it’s a contagious disease. It’s around the country. If we play an
exhibition game in spring training in Houston, there’s people chanting,
`Yankees suck.’ It’s like there’s some type of audio system around the
country. You really understand what they are saying. There’s no Boston
accent. I don’t know what it means, but that’s OK. I’ve heard my name in the
same sentence."

Jimy Williams, Red Sox manager, asked by reporters if he noticed fans
chanting "Yankees suck" while other teams are visiting

"You guys all suck."

–Williams, to the same reporters as they left his office


"I thought he was very good. I remember my first major-league start. Your
first start, there’s not butterflies in your stomach, there’s pterodactyls."

Dan Warthen, Tigers pitching coach, on the debut of pitcher Adam

"We have a physician on hand in case he has a heart attack or something."

Carlos Delgado, Blue Jays infielder, on teammate Brad
taking first base having not started there since 1999


"[The Dodgers] have an idea of what it takes to win. They’re constantly
trying to improve their team, constantly trying to keep their own players.
They’re constantly moving forward. They’re going to be able to compete every
year and that’s definitely a plus."

Johnny Damon, Athletics outfielder

"Hopefully other teams know that the Oakland A’s are for real. Everyone in
here knows it. I hope Cleveland knows. I hope Boston knows. We’re letting
Billy Beane know also, to keep us together."


"It’s a cheap watch. I usually leave it in my locker for the clubhouse

Bobby Higginson, Tigers outfielder, on his prize for winning AL Player of
the Week


"It’s very important that he play winter ball. In the minors, a guy should
have 3,000, 4,000 at-bats. If I was a betting man, I’d say he had no more
than 500."

Larry Bowa, Phillies manager, offering easy money regarding
Pat Burrell

"I never thought about 500 or 600 home runs, but I think I can do that
pretty easily."

Gary Sheffield, Dodgers outfielder


"He didn’t throw us out of his office but he came relatively close. I think
he really hated Mick Jagger’s tongue. He kept talking about, ‘That tongue is
disgusting. I don’t want him in my building.’"

Bruce Hoffman, former Camden Yards stadium authority director, on a
meeting with Orioles owner Peter Angelos to arrange a Rolling Stones concert
at the facility

"I wanted to show the young guys something they had never seen. I had made
up my mind that whatever the umpire said, he was going to be wrong."

Ozzie Guillen, Expos third-base coach, on being ejected exchanging lineup
cards after being thrown out the day before

"Let’s not get too philosophical. We just can’t hit him."

Tony Muser, Royals manager, on his team’s long winless string against
Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer

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