TRADE OF THE WEEK
"This will improve us defensively. We were concerned we were too one-dimensional.
If we’re going to struggle to score runs, we’re probably going to have to do as much
as we can to prevent them."
—Billy Beane, Athletics GM, on trading outfielder Jeremy Giambi for utility player John Mabry
"The message is sent. The guys with options left have got to be thinking about (being demoted) now.
I would if I was them."
—David Justice, Athletics outfielder, on seeing Giambi traded and infielder
Frank Menechino and pitcher Jeff Tam sent to Triple-A
"I would highly recommend to both mayors that the vote be taken on primary day. None of these gimmick
elections, July 4th or something, when everyone’s out of town."
—Jesse Ventura, Governor of Minnesota, on the stadium-funding referendums to be held by potential host cities
"This is a very, very special development that everyone is trying to understand and trying to figure out
the implications of."
—Roger Magnuson, Twins lawyer in contraction litigation, on the passing of a stadium funding mechanism
"You can’t have a stadium until this case is dismissed. The commission is interfering with the Twins
staying here by not dismissing this case."
—Joseph Anthony, MLB attorney, urging the MSFC to drop its lawsuit challenging contraction
"This whole court case is an effort to ensure this team stays in Minnesota, and therefore we are not
going to dismiss until we are guaranteed that this team is going to be here for the long term."
—Bill Lester, MSFC executive director
THE WEEK IN BUD
"It’s an unrelated issue. Contraction was about cities and markets that weren’t producing revenue and
didn’t have a hope of producing revenue. It doesn’t have to do with how people are playing on the field."
—Bud Selig, MLB Commissioner, asked again whether the Brewers should be a contraction candidate
"With all due respect, we’re trying to get a new stadium in Minnesota tonight. Both teams, the Vikings and
Twins, said they need a new stadium. They can’t survive and that’s the same thing in Montreal."
"I don’t think he’s in a do-or-die situation. He saw baseball with their contraction put a gun to our heads
and he saw some results, so he’s just attempting to do the same thing right now."
–Ventura, hearing the Vikings owner was carping about need a new stadium
"Anything that intensifies feelings and adds more tension to the equation is, frankly, not very productive
and doesn’t help any. I hope we can turn the rhetoric down and get back to work."
–Selig, after the MLBPA discussed possible strike dates
"It is disappointing and I find it sad because I told everybody a year ago, while we may disagree on the
issues, we’re not going to get personal. And we’ve lived up to our end of the bargain. I don’t think threatening
anybody, getting personal, does anybody any good."
"Many of those items appear to be costs the district hopes to recover in the future; we relied on the
district’s general ledger and did not use ‘Enron-style’ accounting that relies on possible future revenues
to balance the district’s budget."
–Legislative Audit Bureau memo on Miller Park construction costs, wherein receipts from pending
lawsuit against Mitsubishi are counted against expenditures
"This is not just a day off. Good baserunning is just as important as good hitting to win baseball games."
—Lou Piniella, Mariners manager, on sitting infielder Jeff Cirillo following baserunning errors
"They need more of a set schedule here because this is ridiculous. It’s a lot of night, day, night, day, night,
day, and it’s just tiring. We have expressed it to Peter Magowan, but Peter Magowan only cares what the fans think."
—Barry Bonds, Giants outfielder, on Pac Bell Park game times
"He doesn’t really give a s— what we think when it comes to scheduling. I don’t blame him in a way because he’s
got to draw people into this stadium, so don’t take it the way I said it, in a derogatory way."
"I’m not doing it any more. This is my last year of doing it. We’re going to play within our means from now on.
At least break even. Breaking even is at least a start, and has got to happen."
—Tom Hicks, Rangers owner, on his team’s high payroll and low performance
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