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"I know it was a little unorthodox, but I just
felt it was the best chance for us to win a baseball
game."

Buck Showalter, Diamondbacks manager

"I wanted to get [Barry Bonds] out to end the
game, but saner heads prevailed. In the end, it was the
right move. It was interesting. We won the game. We got
the job done."

Gregg Olson, Diamondbacks pitcher

"It was a gutsy move. I don’t know if I’d do it.
Each man has to walk in his own shoes."

Dusty Baker, Giants manager

"I thought it was a stupid move. I don’t think it
was gutsy. Something like that, anything can tie the
ball game: a wild pitch, a pass ball, an error.
Anything can happen in that situation, but it worked
out for them."

Danny Darwin, Giants pitcher

"Buck [Showalter] got lucky. [Gregg] Olson got
lucky. I hope they do it again next time and I’ll hit
another rocket off him."

Brent Mayne, Giants catcher

ON THE BLOCK

"It hasn’t been easy, but I have a job to do. I
can’t control anything but going out every fifth day
and working hard to help the team win."

Randy Johnson, Mariners pitcher

"In all sincerity, I’d like to be a little more
forthcoming with you; I’d like to be very direct. But
after yesterday, with all of the rumors and speculation
that was out there … I’m going to have no further
comment on this situation. Period."

Woody Woodward, Mariners GM

"It’s tough when you are rumored to be traded and
you’re not pitching as well as you want to. I’ve been
there."

Andy Benes, Diamondbacks pitcher

"The trade speculation has had no effect on me at
all. I really haven’t thought about it, and I’m not
going to think about it."

Hideo Nomo, Dodgers pitcher

"You’re asking the wrong guy to comment on Randy
Johnson. I heard about it like everyone else. I don’t
know where these rumors start. It’s a good rumor; I
can’t say it’s not."

Bill Russell, Dodgers manager

THE REST

"Who wants to hit a home run when you are losing a
ballgame by five or six runs? You want to hit a home
run when you are going to do some good for your team."

Greg Vaughn, Padres outfielder

"From an early age, I learned that guys who play
hard get rewarded. I just go out and play hard. I don’t
put myself into any categories. I just want to help the
team win and play as hard as I can."

Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners outfielder

"If this team stays together, it’s going to be a
real good team. In a couple of years, watch out."

Todd Dunwoody, Marlins outfielder

"When you lose a Mike Piazza, you lose a career
.300 hitter who hits 40 homers a year. But guys like
Sheffield can steal a base for you or they can do a lot
of things for you."

Bill Russell, Dodgers manager

"Catchers can only do so much. Pitchers still have
to get it over the plate."

Lou Piniella, Mariners manager

"When my kids grow up, I want them to be like Mike
Matheny."

Jeff Cirillo, Brewers infielder

"You can’t go out there and win when you don’t
have no support, so we stink. We stink."

Jaime Navarro, White Sox pitcher

"Put this in ink — if [Damion Easley] doesn’t go
to the All-Star Game, there should be an investigation."

Todd Jones, Tigers pitcher

"Once you start thinking, you’re going to get
killed."

Travis Lee, Diamondbacks infielder

"We would like to like to add if we could, or
subtract if need be, to make us a better club."

Kevin Malone, Orioles assistant GM

"It was great to play on a team that went to the
playoffs every year. And I can’t complain about getting
a World Series ring. But I wanted to establish myself
as a player. I appreciated the opportunity and I
appreciated [the Yankees] trading me to give me a
chance to play."

Andy Fox, Diamondbacks infielder

"You have to have a lot of appreciation for Gregg
[Olson] because of where he’s been. He’s persevered. A
lot of people would have just quit trying if they had
been in his shoes."

Tony Gwynn, Padres outfielder

"I feel sorry for Tino [Martinez]. He has a
family. I have a family. The Yankees, they have nice
people there. I don’t want to be an enemy."

Armando Benitez, Orioles pitcher

"You talk about our home record, and the reason
we’re not winning at home, and maybe that’s part of the
reason right there. We’re putting too much pressure on
ourselves. I think that’s the key. Everybody’s trying
to do too much."

Shane Halter, Royals infielder

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