THE BIG STORY
Ed. note: Congrats, Derek and Jill, from everyone here at BP.–JSS]
"Our ballpark is so doubles-oriented, such a pitchers’ park, that it’s very hard to hit a ball out. And the ballpark hasn’t
changed. So why not go back to what was beneficial to this team over 40 years?"
—Dan Evans, Dodgers general manager, on emphasizing speed, defense, and pitching
"A lot of people have said that our chemistry is better. I tell them the record is better. Chemistry doesn’t drive the record.
The record drives chemistry. That’s my take on it. You never hear about winning teams with bad chemistry."
—Dave Littlefield, Pirates general manager
TWINS, EXPOS WIN TWICE AS MANY GAMES AS BREWERS
"When’s the last time they won a World Series around here? They had the opportunity, and they lost Jason Isringhausen and Johnny
Damon [last winter]. With that young talent they have, they could go out and win the World Series, but I’m not going to be
disappointed in my decision. I still think I did what was best for my career."
—Jason Giambi, Yankees infielder, asked by a reporter why he’d decided the Yankees were more likely than the Athletics to play in
the World Series
"If you’re going to play in New York, you want to play for the Yankees. Once you’ve been with the Yankees, how would you want to
go across town?"
—David Justice, Athletics outfielder, on being traded from the Yankees to the Mets to the Athletics this off-season
FEATS OF HITTING
"The first week of the season, I went up there to see more pitches. But I talked to a lot of players, and they told me, ‘Sori,
don’t take a pitch. If the pitcher throws the first-pitch fastball in the middle, swing at it. If you like it, swing.’ Now I’m
looking for my pitch – I don’t care if it’s first pitch, second pitch."
—Alfonso Soriano, Yankees infielder
"I didn’t think nothing until he took off his helmet. Then I thought, ‘I’ve got to move!’ It looked like he had some meaningful
intentions with that helmet."
—Ben Sheets, Brewers pitcher, on Pirates infielder Aramis Ramirez charging the mound
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