THE WEEK IN RICKEY
GUNNERY SERGEANT TO DISC JOCKEY
"In my eyes, we already have a manager. The team loves this guy as manager. He’s lifted us from a state of bondage to a state of
freedom, and that’s why we’ve played so well. We can play free."
—Mike Sweeney, Royals infielder, on interim manager John Mizerock
"I am the new DJ. I play the music. You are to dance. If you don’t know how to dance, get off of the dance floor."
—Tony Pena, Royals manager, replying with a smile to reporters who asked what his first statement to his
team would be
"That’s really what he said to us. We really got a kick out of it. We’ve known him for 20 minutes and we can see
he’s got a great personality. I think the transition is going to be fine."
—A.J. Hinch, Royals catcher
"But after meeting Tony Pena today and seeing the way he runs a game…well, I thought it would be a matter of weeks.
But now I think it will be a matter of days before he has 25 fans in this clubhouse."
THE WEEK IN LIES
"I would say six to eight can’t exist another year, another year and a half. We’re talking about the immediate future. There’s a
lot of clubs that simply can’t survive the status quo."
–Selig, during a luncheon with Los Angeles Times staff
ON A ROLL
OBVIOUS CONCLUSIONS UNDRAWN
"Honestly, we were trying to pitch to him. That’s another thing about him. He’s got too good of an eye.
He should swing at some bad balls."
—Bobby Cox, Braves manager, after a series spent walking Giants outfielder Barry Bonds
THE WEEK IN MIKE HARGROVE QUOTES
"You keep getting hit on the head with a hammer, after a while you start looking for the hammer whether
it’s there or not. And I didn’t want him to get to that point."
–Hargrove, on pitcher Jorge Julio
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