"The minute I saw the ball leave the pitcher’s hand I cringed a little
bit because that was right in Manny’s wheelhouse. The only question was
whether he was going to knock the wall down."
—Trot Nixon, Red Sox outfielder, on watching the home run from
"I had butterflies in my first at-bat, and then they went away. I came
up there with the bases loaded and they came back. Then I hit the home run,
and they went away again."
—Daryle Ward, Astros outfielder, on starting and hitting a grand
slam on Opening Day
"I’m surprised how well I did today. I had a good pasta dinner last
night. Maybe I walked past somebody with a bug. I’m surprised I was able to
pitch. I felt like somebody beat me up for two days."
—David Wells, White Sox pitcher, on being sick the day he pitched
six innings for the win against the Indians
"This is my responsibility, and I stunk. I just feel bad for the other
guys. They played so well, the fans got excited, and I go out and blow
—Todd Jones, Tigers pitcher, on blowing his first save chance of
"That ball [Tony] Batista hit, I believe his bat is corked. He hit
that ball almost 450 feet and broke the bat. I’ve given up a lot of homers.
That is the first one I’ve seen like that."
—Ken Hill, Devil Rays pitcher, on Tony Batista’s estimated
417-foot home run
"[I’m] wondering always. Because this is the elite level, because this
is for all the peanut butter in the world."
—Shea Hillenbrand, Red Sox infielder, after his debut, about his
"I make one mistake and it’s a home run. I made a couple of good
pitches and then make another mistake, and it was another home run. I just
wasn’t able to get away with anything."
—Steve Trachsel, Mets pitcher, on allowing ten runs in a start
"It was a stupid thing to say. It was just that it had been a
frustrating season overall, with all the injuries and everything. But it
was a stupid thing to say. I don’t need to be comparing our players to food
—Kevin Towers, Padres general manager, apologizing for comparing
his infield to Swiss cheese
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