STEP 1: ADMIT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM (TO THE DETROIT FREE PRESS)
"They're just going to stick me in the bullpen–again. I can sit down there like an idiot and wait for the phone to ring when the score is 10-1, because they won't use me in a close game. It's the same old crap and it's not going to change. They can clean house, bring in 25 new guys, and it won't change because it starts right up there at the top."
STEP 2: GET RELEASED
"When you are in our situation where you are struggling at the big league level, you are looking for some promise for the future. It shows that there is some pretty good talent down there."
—Dave Dombrowski, Tigers GM, on releasing pitchers Jose Lima and Jose Paniagua and calling up nine players from the minors
STEP 3 – PROFIT
NOT BEFORE WILL CLARK
"I'm going to tell everyone, my kids and my grandkids, that I hit my first home run off a future Hall of Famer. I just won't tell them who it was."
—David Ross, Dodger catcher, on hitting a home run off Diamondbacks infielder Mark Grace, who pitched mop-up in a 19-1 loss
WILL CLARK NEVER HAD TO PITCH
"I apologize to the Dodgers if they feel we made a mockery out of it by pitching Mark Grace. But there was no positive to be had throwing any of the relievers we had left in our bullpen. Only bad things could have happened."
—Bob Brenly, Diamondbacks manager
"I closed my eyes and used the Force."
—Nomar Garciaparra, Red Sox infielder, on hitting a low-and-away pitch from Mike Mussina for a single
"He has a live bat. My first day in the majors, I was afraid, a little tight. I was just happy to get my first game out of the way. Joe? His first hit is a home run. He's ready to go."
—Carlos Lee, White Sox outfielder, who (like Will Clark) homered in his first at-bat, on teammate Joe Borchard's first-hit home run
BECAUSE YOUR MARKET'S TWICE AS LARGE AS THOSE LAST TWO
"You wouldn't put another team in the same market with Boston or in the same market with St. Louis or the same market with Minnesota. Why then 30 miles from Camden Yards?"
—Peter Angelos, Orioles owner, on the possibility of moving the Expos to the District of Columbia or nearby
"We had a lot of game left. I knew Rusch's pitch count was up and I didn't think one run was insurmountable."
—Bruce Kimm, Cubs manager, on a loss to the Brewers
"Of course, it's all in your head, but you don't want to be the one who ruined it. Guys have the same pregame ritual, or they sit in the same spot in the dugout. I think everybody's washing their uniforms, though."
—Billy Koch, Athletics pitcher, on superstition during the streak
"It's insane. Anything and everything goes their way. Nothing else to call it but insane and retarded."
—Joe Mays, Twins pitcher
"He better look both ways when he's crossing the street."
—J.P. Ricciardi, Blue Jays GM, when it was pointed out that Roy Halladay was the team's only starting pitcher to make it through the season
"I coached third base for Tampa Bay in 1998 and '99 and they got their tails kicked. But now, four years later, they've got an awfully nice looking team. That's the point we're going to get to. It's just going to take some patience."
—Greg Riddoch, Brewers farm director
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