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JIMENEZ NO-HITS D-BACKS


“It’s unbelievable. I can’t explain it. I just want to fly tonight.”

Jose Jimenez, Cardinals pitcher


“If that doesn’t thrill you, then you should be doing something else
for a living. He really had tremendous movement on his pitches. He has
Kevin Brown-type movement.”

Tony LaRussa, Cardinals manager


“Since I started playing, no manager, no coach calls my pitches. I
called the game.”

Alberto Castillo, Cardinals catcher


“His pitchers were moving all over the place, he was in control and
they had great defense for him. After I’d given up the run, I wanted
to watch him.”

Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks pitcher


HIGHLY OFFENSIVE


“Usually if we get a couple of runs for him, it’s enough for the
game. With Pedro [Martinez] pitching, you like your chances after
an inning like that.”

Brian Daubach, Red Sox infielder, on scoring 11 runs in the
first inning


“The lesson here is never give up. The other lesson is never get down
9-1. We kept pounding away, pounding away — never a huge inning but
enough to come back and win this thing. This was huge for us.”

Mark Grace, Cubs infielder, on winning 13-12


“Oh man, this was one of those nights when you just don’t want it to
stop. It was just one of those nights where the baseball gods smile
upon you and they bless you.”

Aaron Ledesma, Devil Rays infielder, on going 4-for-5


“The guys in front of me can both run and hit and do the little
things right. Then we leave it up to Manny and the guys behind
him to drive in runs. We’re all getting on base, then doing little
things to put pressure on the opposing team.”

Roberto Alomar, Indians infielder


“I’m not looking at the numbers until the end of the year. No matter
how many home runs I hit, I want to win.”

Sammy Sosa, Cubs outfielder


FAVORITE PLACES


“Hitters will say they like to hit in certain parks. For some reason,
I’ve always enjoyed pitching on that mound up in Toronto.”

Bobby Witt, Devil Rays pitcher


“This is the best ballpark in America. I love this place… This
place reminds you of how baseball should be, of how it was growing up.
So far, it’s my favorite place.”

Chad Ogea, Phillies pitcher, on Wrigley Field


THE REST


“Is he back? Oh, yeah, he’s back. Every game he’s pitched for us has
been a good game.”

Phil Garner, Brewers manager, on Hideo Nomo


“He was the right guy to turn this thing around a few years ago, and
he’s still the right guy. Our problems right now are that we’re not
hitting.”

Bill Bavasi, Angels GM, on signing manager Terry Collins
to an extension


“Realistically, I’ve played my last game in the Kingdome. Maybe my
body is trying to tell me something.”

Jay Buhner, Mariners outfielder


“I have to crawl before I walk. I’ve never relieved before. They
think I have the mentality and the stuff to do it. I’m looking forward
to it.”

Jason Isringhausen, Mets pitcher


“I don’t want to overanalyze what he’s doing. I want to appreciate
it. I hope the fans appreciate it and cast their ballot for him. He
has his sights focused on Boston and he deserves to go there.”

Bobby Valentine, Mets manager, on Rey Ordonez


“That’s a slap in my face when they walk the guy in front of me. I
think that’s a good attitude to have. I’ll come through more times
than not in that situation.”

Brian Jordan, Braves outfielder


“I was told to come here and be like a fan and not like a manager. So
I guess I’ll leave about the third inning.”

Larry Dierker, Astros manager, on visiting the team


“When I was starting, I couldn’t focus long enough. When you’re
closing, you’re only going to be in there for five or 10 minutes.
Anybody can concentrate for five or 10 minutes.”

John Rocker, Braves pitcher


“There were some signs a week ago that things were starting to turn
around for us. We’re swinging the bats better and our starting
pitching has been great. If you add those things together, that’s when
you win them in a row.”

Paul O’Neill, Yankees outfielder