Steven Carter is taking a break from quotes. Andres Phippard
will be filling in until he returns.
"They said we couldn’t beat Johnson twice in a five-game series.
Well, we beat him twice in a four-game series."
—Sterling Hitchcock, Padres pitcher, after beating Astros
Randy Johnson to advance to the NLCS
"I believe good pitching beats good
—Greg Maddux, Braves pitcher, after the Braves swept the
in the division series
"It’s hard to forget they beat us last year."
—Paul O’Neill, Yankees outfielder, on advancing to face the
in the ALCS
"We knew that the way the Yankees were playing all year that
have to go through them if we wanted to get back to the World Series.
now they’ve got to go through us."
—Mike Jackson, Indians pitcher, on the rematch
"Everyone knew coming into the playoffs that all roads lead to
—Tony Gwynn, Padres outfielder, on baseball’s latest dynasty
"I didn’t have my best stuff, but you give up three earned
14 innings (in two starts), you don’t feel like you’re going to lose
—Johnson, after losing his second game of the Division
and the fifth consecutive of his post-season career
"Not that I didn’t expect low-scoring ballgames, but I
than 13 hits. We’ve had that many in one inning before."
—Johnny Oates, Rangers manager, after the Yankees stifled
Rangers offense in a sweep
"I feel like if I could give my life to make it to the World
I would do that."
—Sammy Sosa, Cubs outfielder, on the Cubs’ quick exit from
"We had a great season. Nobody is hanging their
—Mo Vaughn, Red Sox infielder, after losing to the Indians
round one of the playoffs
"They’re a damned good team. So are we. That’s what’s
difficult. We had a flat-out awesome team. And we’re going
—Craig Biggio, Astros infielder, after getting knocked out
"I have a really strong feeling inside that this is just
hill that I have to climb."
—Darryl Strawberry, Yankees outfielder, on being diagnosed
"We know Darryl would want us to go out and wear his heart and
on our sleeves."
—Joe Girardi, Yankees infielder
"Baseball is very, very, very important to all of us, but the
line is sometimes we have to step aside and think about human
—Johnny Oates, Rangers manager
THE JOB MARKET
"I had to determine whether I was willing to go at the pace
new ownership’s going to set. I decided that I don’t want to do
–Former Marlins manager Jim Leyland, on on excercising a
contract buyout to end his tenure with the team
"Any time you have an opening and someone with Jim Leyland’s
becomes available, you owe it to yourself as an organization to see if
there’s a fit there."
—Randy Smith, Tigers general manager, on wooing Leyland
"There comes a time in a man’s life when he wants to find out
—Felipe Alou, Expos manager, on talking to other teams
"If I’m a free agent and Mo Vaughn leaves, then why do I want
go to a team that’s going to lose?"
—John Valentin, Red Sox infielder, on the possibility that
agent Vaughn will not be re-signed
"To me, it’s all been good times. Even the bad times have been
—Vaughn, after what may have been his last game in a Red Sox
"It was better than I could ever possibly
—Kerry Wood, Cubs pitcher, on being in the major leagues in 1998