HOT IN HERE, NELLY
WITHOUT ME, EMINEM
"It’s a tie ballgame in the eighth inning and Edgar’s on the bench. Who are
you going to go to? Mac? Edgar? I thought about [the cycle] once, but I’m not a
home-run hitter. Those things don’t faze me. I want to get a ring."
—Mark McLemore, Mariner infielder, on being pinch-hit for while
needing only a home run to hit for the cycle
HERO, CHAD KROEGER FEATURING JOSEY SCOTT
"In addition to suspending our club policy which restricts the appearance
of neckties on the premises, we’ve petitioned the league to investigate the
prospect of having all our games end in tie scores. We thereby reduce the risk
of anyone getting hurt physically or emotionally by the random vagaries
associated with on-field losses or extra innings."
—Tom Whaley, St. Paul Saints vice president, on their upcoming
"Tie One For The Bud" night
COMPLICATED, AVRIL LAVIGNE
"If a club can’t make it, I have to let ’em go. I’m a traditionalist, and I
hate all that. It pains me to do it. I just don’t have any more
—Bud Selig, MLB Commissioner, warning that a team might not make
payroll on July 15 and it, along with another, faced bankruptcy before season’s
"People want to question the losses. Nobody who has ever seen the numbers
questions them. People ask why we don’t share our numbers. Guys, we’ve shared
everything. There’s nothing left to share. No one ever questions the veracity of
these numbers except those that want to question them for some other
"As we stand today, that situation has been addressed. No teams will be
missing payroll for the immediate future. We’ll just continue to monitor
—John McHale, MLB vice president of administration, the next day
OH BOY, CAM’RON FEATURING JUELZ SANTANA
"Coming to New York and being in first and putting on the pinstripes gives
you a poke in the rear end, too. Hopefully, that happens. I’ve always been a fan
of his from afar."
—Joe Torre, Yankees manager, on outfielder Raul Mondesi
"He’s not a 150-pitch guy like Livan. He’s a different guy. He’s a power
guy with a history of shoulder and elbow troubles. You have to think about the
long-term gain and short-term gain. Do you want a complete-game shutout? Yeah,
but not at the expense of 130 or 140 pitches."
—Dusty Baker, Giants manger, on pulling pitcher Jason
Schmidt after eight shutout innings
"The problem was the young pitching wasn’t there and that’s doing it almost
in reverse. Now I think we have the young pitching that’s going to blossom
quickly for us so we need to support that with position players that are capable
of winning. And I think we’ll create that window of opportunity much the same
way that Minnesota and Oakland have done."
—Allard Baird, Royals GM
"I met a very wise man in the business community here who told me, ‘It’s
time to drain the tub and refill it with your own bathwater.’ That makes a lot
—David Samson, Marlins president and owner Jeff Loria‘s
THE MIDDLE, JIMMY EAT WORLD
I’M GONNA BE ALRIGHT, JENNIFER LOPEZ FEATURING NAS
"We just had a verbal altercation, and he just pulled out a gun and shot
me–just like that. I didn’t have a chance to say anything or defend myself or
anything. He just stopped and pulled out a gun and shot me."
—Nick Bierbrodt, Devil Rays pitching prospect, on being shot
"I don’t remember seeing the gun, because it happened so quick and it was
at night. I remember hearing the shots and I kind of, like, jumped to protect
myself inside the car. I looked at my arm and saw blood coming out of it. I told
the driver I needed to go to the hospital because I’d been shot."
"I told the guy that was with me, if I didn’t make it–because I didn’t know
the extent of the damage–I honestly didn’t even know I was shot in the chest. I
thought I just got hit in the arm. I told him if I didn’t make it, tell my
family I loved them."
EVERYWHERE, MICHELLE BRANCH
"It’s about time! To me, it goes unrecognized and unappreciated. The battle
between hitters and pitchers is not just about slugging. It’s not just about
base hits. It’s about matching wits with the pitcher. It’s about being
selective. It’s about being patient. It’s about controlling the at-bat.
Table-setting is a lost art."
—Willie Randolph, Yankees hitting coach, on the rise of OBP
"Barry Bonds is a prime example of a hitter who controls the at-bat. He
goes up there really trying to concentrate on his strength and getting his
pitch. It’s a cat-and-mouse game. You go up to the plate with a purpose. The
idea of trying to win the battle with the pitcher is one of the most intriguing
parts of the game. When you can add power to being selective and getting walks,
then you’ve really got something. In 1998, we had a lot of players buy into
"On-base percentage is very important. A high on-base percentage means
you’re accepting a lot of walks, so that means the pitcher is throwing more
pitches. So that means you’ll get into the middle-inning pitchers quicker. And
middle relief is the weaker part of a pitching staff. If you can face more
weaker pitching, you have a better chance to win."
—Gene Michael, Yankees head scout
"We want our minor-league players to accept that, to be willing to take
walks and be more selective at the plate. To get to that 3-2 count more and hit
more strikes. If you hit more strikes, you’ll hit for a higher average. We’ve
tried to stay away from players that didn’t have high on-base percentages in
free-agent signings and trades."
"We want our hitters to be aggressive within their zone. If you see your
pitch, go after it. Attack. But don’t be induced into swinging at a
low-percentage pitch. A walk is a byproduct of that approach, but it’s not
necessarily what you are trying to attain. Working the pitch count is equally
important. Maybe Pedro Martinez is on a pitch count of a hundred. If you’re
patient, maybe you’ll get him out in the fifth inning rather than the seventh
—Brian Cashman, Yankees GM
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