[I’d like to note that the April 1 Week In Quotes
was an April Fool’s joke and
entirely made up. We now return to actual quotes, already in progress]
"My job was to get on base and score runs. If I didn’t concentrate on getting
on base, there’s no telling how many hits I’d have. I have 2,000 walks, so
how many swings is that? My No. 1 goal always has been scoring runs."
–Henderson, on his offensive philosophy throughout his Hall of Fame
"I had no idea I would be judged on performance — I always thought spring
training was a time for experimentation, to work with different stances, to
get your timing down. Thirty-nine at-bats to judge a player? Wow,those are
—Jose Canseco, on being released by the Anaheim Angels
"Jesse was promised he would be on the team if he was healthy and he’s
healthy. In baseball, you’re only as good as your word, and I’ll never be
able to trust Kevin Malone again."
—Alan Meersand, agent for pitcher Jesse Orosco, after
Orosco refused a minor league assignment after failing to make the roster
"My father always told me to make each day better than the one before, and I
believe in that. You have to do your best and show what you can do. It was
tough at first, but then you accept it. You’re still in the big leagues. It
doesn’t hurt when the team is winning because everything you do matters. And
Dusty is great for bench players because he doesn’t let you sit too long. He
makes it a lot easier to prepare yourself."
—Felipe Crespo, Giants outfielder, on what it’s like to be a career bench
"We may not be young chronologically, but we have a lot of players with
zero to three years of experience."
—Syd Thrift, Orioles vice president of baseball operations, on the team’s
supposed youth movement
"Big boppers are great, and Andres Galarraga was certainly very important
to our lineup, but a guy like Rico [Brogna] is a more balanced hitter who
can win games all kinds of ways."
—Bobby Cox, Braves manager, on replacing Galarraga with Brogna
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