"I can’t even express my feelings. I think some of them got some cheap shots
in on my rib cage. So many years of frustration, I guess. That kind of got
–on the pile-up of teammates greeting him when he hit home run #71
"I’m just blessed. My father is a gifted athlete. I get a lot of information
from someone I consider the best all-around baseball player, Willie Mays. So
I get a lot of information from a lot of great athletes."
–on his abilities
"This is my home. It’s been my home since 1968 when my dad came here. It’s
always been my home. My relationship has been up and down, but for the most
part has been good. This year it’s been exceptionally good. You walk into a
store, and you run into little old ladies who’ve never seen a baseball game
before in their whole life, telling you what a great accomplishment you
–on San Francisco
"Sliding into home plate was really a treat for my teammates. I think they
were expecting me to go head first into home plate but I told them I hate
sliding into home plate head first, so I eventually went feet first. It was
a thrill, and I guess I made their day as well as my day."
–on sliding into home with run #2,246
"Going out and scoring so many runs, it’s just not an individual record.
It’s a record that you’ve got to have your teammates help you out. Over 23
years, I have had some great teammates who have battled for me, have knocked
me in and I’ve come across the plate to achieve this record."
–acknowledging his teammates
ON MR. BONDS
"You can’t dampen what Barry did just because we lost to the Dodgers or
didn’t win the wild card. Barry has been great this year and overachieved
while pushing this team. He should be very proud. He’s been telling you guys
all year that all he wants to do is win. I’m sure just like all of us, he is
disappointed we couldn’t beat the Dodgers tonight."
—Jeff Kent, Giants infielder
ON MR. HENDERSON
"Man, what a sight, Rickey cruising into second base and all his teammates
running out there. That’s what the game’s all about. He’s the all-time
leader in steals, walks, and runs scored, and today, he steps up to the
plate and gets it done. I am so proud of you, Rickey, really happy for you.
See, us old guys, we’ve still got a little something."
—Tony Gwynn, Padres outfielder
"It’s been unbelievable. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d be
standing here after 20 years feeling good about a decision I made a year and
a half ago. But I do. I feel I’ve done all I can do as a baseball player.
—Tony Gwynn, Padres outfielder
"As a kid I had this dream, and I had parents that encouraged that dream.
Then I became part of this organization–the Baltimore Orioles–that helped
me fulfill that dream. Imagine playing for my hometown team for my whole
career. And I have a wife and children who helped me share and savor the
fruits of that dream. And I’ve had teammates who have filled my career with
unbelievable moments–and you fans who have loved the game and have shared
your love with me. Tonight we close the chapter of this dream, my playing
career. But I have other dreams."
—Cal Ripken Jr., Orioles infielder
"I would have been proud. I would have stepped off the mound and waited for
him to come out of the dugout. Even if he’d hit a home run, I would have
clapped myself. I know what those moments mean."
—David Cone, Red Sox pitcher, on what his reaction would have been if
Ripken had hit a home run on the all-fastball diet Cone fed him
"Ken Griffey Jr. was my husband’s favorite baseball player, if Ken could hit
an extra home run for Kenny, I know he will be looking down with a big
—Katrina Marino, in an e-mail she sent to the Reds, on behalf of her
husband, a New York firefighter killed in the World Trade Center on
"I’m glad I could do it. So many people lost their lives in that disaster
and lives have been changed. Mine has changed since that day. So to be able
to do something for somebody else and for somebody who said I was his
favorite player is special."
—Ken Griffey Jr., Reds outfielder
"They say, ‘He’s too big, he can’t hit for power,’ things like that. It
sounds like a broken record. But you wait until after I finish my career.
That’s when they’re going to say, ‘This was a guy who had a lot of
—Dmitri Young, Reds outfielder
"Eventually, it’s going to pay off. This team may not know what they’re
going to do with me, but there are always teams looking to make moves over
the offseason. That’s a part of this game that’s out of my control. In the
meantime, I’ll just be home with my family, chilling."
"In my mind, from a pitcher to a coach, it’s been an ideal working
relationship, and he’s one of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege to
be around in baseball, with the way he does his job and the way he handles
things. He’s going to land on his feet. He’s going to get a job. It’s
—Kevin Tapani, Cubs pitcher, on his ex-pitching coach Oscar Acosta
"It was Oscar and myself. It’s not like we were at each other’s throats all
the time. There’s no coach that’s going to come before the team. The team
comes first. That’s the most important thing. I stand by that, and that’s
how I feel."
—Don Baylor, Cubs manager
"I’m not sure what Mack Newton hit this year, I don’t know how many guys he
drove in, but I don’t think you can blame a season on a guy who stretches us
and talks to us. I don’t see the logic in it."
—Kerry Wood, Cubs pitcher, on Cubs conditioning consultant and
motivational speaker Mack Newton
"I pitched good enough to do it; it just hasn’t worked out. I had the start
in New York I didn’t get to finish. I hung in there in Florida. I hung in
there in Philly. You’ve got to get some breaks to win. When I was getting
all those runs, remember how good I was? Now all of a sudden I’m not good.
Sometimes you’re overrated when you win and underrated when you lose."
—Greg Maddux, Braves pitcher
"Because we saw the difference in the confidence level our players had when
we did get leads with Roberto here, as opposed to last year when we didn’t
—Allard Baird, Royals GM, quoted by Peter Gammons on why he picked up the
$6.3-million option on Roberto Hernandez for next year
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