GOTCHA. CAN’T WIN, DON’T TRY
"It’s like people who say we need to walk more. Sure, that’s great to say.
But then you take away our hitters’ aggressiveness, and maybe you screw
them up even more. Same thing with Febles. You can’t ask Carlos to be
anything except what he is."
—Tony Muser, Royals manager
THE DRYER GOES ON THE RIGHT
SORRY. DIDN’T MEAN TO GET YOUR HOPES UP
"We’ve been rebuilding for six years. [The trades] took away some fire out of
the clubhouse. I mean, we had a closer with ice water in his veins. I know
the guys we got in return are pretty good ballplayers. That’s what we want.
But we were told mano a mano we weren’t rebuilding. It definitely leaves you
a little confused."
—Jason Kendall, Pirates catcher/outfielder, on owner Kevin McClatchy
telling the team a they would not rebuild
"We lost some quality individuals, guys who are not only important in the
field but important in the clubhouse. So from that aspect, we’ve certainly
taken a hit. This is baseball. It’s part of the business, whether we like it
or not. The young players received in return have tremendous upside and have
a chance of being good players. We hope they will continue to develop and be
productive major-league players for us."
—Lloyd McClendon, Pirates manager
NO ONE CAN GIVE MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. BY DEFINITION THAT IS THE MOST ANYONE CAN GIVE…
"You don’t have to throw anything, but you can sit at your locker and think
about it. Don’t worry about what the spread is. We have people who attack
the spread like it’s their last supper."
—Larry Bowa, Phillies manager, on how to act after a loss
"I snapped in the shower. But we’ve had three tough ones in a row. I think
the first time, everybody snapped. And then the second time, you snap again.
And then the third time, you’re just kind of in shock. I’m in shock. It’s
like one of those bad dreams that seems so real. You keep waiting to wake up.
You keep thinking that didn’t just happen. But it did."
—Robert Person, Phillies pitcher
SOME OF THESE GUYS HAVE A BAD ATTITUDE, SKIP
"It’s the best defensive team I’ve ever played for, and I’ve been on some
good ones. We have the best pitching. Our offense is the most disciplined –
well, except for me and Ichiro. I mean, Ichi and I swing at anything, but
the rest of these guys are veteran hitters who know how to play and what it
takes to win."
—Bret Boone, Mariners infielder
"Nothing Ichiro does surprises me. I was having trouble throwing strikes
from 60-feet, 6-inches – and he threw one from right field."
—Paul Abbott, Mariners pitcher, on an Ichiro throw that held a runner on
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