SPEAK FROM THE MOUNTAIN
"I heard some woman on the television the other day talking about everyone in the big
leagues making at least $2 million a year. I mean there are a lot of guys that are barely
making one tenth of that but because this woman says that on TV a lot of people are thinking
these guys are all making more than enough money. It’s not right."
—Chris Woodward, Blue Jays infielder
SPEAK FROM, ER, THE VALLEY
"The problem is that the owners are relatively less wealthy than they were 10 years
ago. So there’s more stadium debt than ever before and these owners are worth less and
less as their stocks plummets. That’s why you’ve got a formula for disaster."
—Sal Galatioto, managing director of Lehman Brothers’ sports practice
"Money has to be put in the way a club feels it should. If you put money in a new
ballpark, that helps to generate revenue so you can spend more money. It should be spent
to make the club’s operations the best. That will help in the end, and it will mean
—Bud Selig, Commissioner of Baseball, on why owners shouldn’t be required
to spend revenue-sharing money on player salaries
"Every team in baseball that has any kind of business sense would try to manage its
payroll to stay under that tax threshold. There might be one or two that wouldn’t, but
that’s a decision those teams have to make. Certainly, I can assure you, the Texas
Rangers wouldn’t be among them. If this system is implemented, the Texas Rangers will be
under the threshold."
—Tom Hicks, Rangers owner, on a luxury tax
"The NFL has a hard cap, but if you ask 20 NFL experts who is going to win the
Super Bowl this year, you might get 20 different answers. If you then asked 20 baseball
experts who is going to represent the American League in the World Series, at least 90
percent of them would say the Yankees and the rest would say Seattle."
—Bob DuPuy, MLB Chief Operating Officer
DAVID GLASS, APPARENTLY THE NEW POSTER BOY FOR SOCIALISM
SPAT BETWEEN LOVERS
"Unbeknownst to Doubleday, MLB was at the same time engaged in a systematic effort
to undervalue baseball franchises as part of its labor-relations strategy. In short,
MLB–in a desperate attempt to reverse decades of losses to MLB’s players’
association–determined to manufacture phantom operating losses and depress franchise
—Nelson Doubleday, in a counter-suit filed against Mets co-owner Fred
Wilpon over the sale of Doubleday’s half of the Mets
"This sort of internecine squabble between the owners of the New York Mets is not
good for the game. The charges levied by Mr. Doubleday against the commissioner’s office
are nonsense and a complete fabrication."
—Bob DuPuy, MLB Chief Operating Officer
KISS AND MAKE UP
"I am pleased this is behind us. While I was not happy with the results of the
appraisal, I deeply regret and apologize for the conclusions many drew from the papers
that were filed last week by my lawyers."
–Doubleday, after a settlement was reached for his half of the Mets
"I was confident that at the end of the day they put their personal feelings aside
and act in the best interests of the game,"
—Bud Selig, Commissioner of Baseball, on his mediation that led to the
"I did not in any way mean to impugn the integrity of the commissioner, who has
been a longtime friend and will continue to remain one, or anyone from his office. Nor
did I intend the counterclaim to get in the way of the ongoing collective-bargaining
process. That was not my intent or goal. If it did, I apologize to the commissioner
and to Don Fehr if it in any way had a negative effect on bargaining."
ALL-OAKLAND QUOTE PARADE
"Mulder told me, ‘I didn’t even take notes in college.’ I’m like, ‘This is the
real world, dog. It’s serious business. You’ve got to take notes.’ He wanted to just
take an audio cassette–like I’m going to listen to five hours of tape."
—Barry Zito, Athletics pitcher, on sending pitcher Mark Mulder
in his stead to a player representative meeting which conflicted with Zito’s start
"Somebody’s got to tell him he’s 6-feet-6, 220 pounds. He can’t be jumping on
me like that."
—Terrence Long, Athletics outfielder, after outfielder Jermaine
Dye tackled him after Long’s game-saving catch against the Red Sox
BLUE JAYS-RELATED QUOTE RALLY
"I thought he hit a good pitch. I don’t know if it was really hung but what’s
—Roy Halladay, Blue Jays pitcher, who lost a 1-0 decision to the
Angels when shortstop David "5-8" Eckstein hit a home run
"You have to be on top of your job. You have to do whatever it takes to perform
and help the team. That’s what I’m doing every day. Sometimes it’s tough to wake up
day by day at 8, but you have no choice."
—Sammy Sosa, Cubs outfielder, after a Cub was found sleeping in the
clubhouse during a game
"When a guy has a special game like that going, even if you think he’s doing
something to the ball, you leave that kind of stuff for another day. Or you wait
until you get a hit. Did they cross a line? Yes, I think they did. I was a little
surprised to see someone go out there and ask to see the ball. That’s not something
your dugout normally responds to in a kindly manner. And we’re pretty normal."
—Orel Hershiser, Rangers pitching coach, after the Indians had the ball
checked for illegal scuffing in the seventh inning of a potential Kenny Rogers
perfect game, later broken up
"This was a team that was contending, and I was a big part of it. I went
through the struggles last year. Now, I’d like to go through the good times.
The team is at a lot of risk if someone goes down. You can never have too many
—Jorge Fabregas, Brewers catcher, on being traded from the Angels
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