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UPS …

"This is going to be a good club, but I don’t know
to what extent yet. It will be an exciting year. We’ve
got a pretty good ballclub. We’ve still got to see how
things go, see how things fall into place."

Tony Gwynn, Padres outfielder

"The crowd reaction today was great for me. I
just hope they know that I’m not going to be perfect
all the time."

Pedro Martinez, Red Sox pitcher

"We know that things are not going to continue at
this torrid pace, but hopefully things will continue to
go well for us."

Quinton McCracken, Devil Rays outfielder


… AND DOWNS

"We all stink."

Jim Leyland, Marlins manager

"I have instructed my agent, Dan Lozano, to shut
down contract negotiations with the Dodgers. I let the
talks become a distraction, and for that I apologize to
my teammates and our fans."

Mike Piazza, Dodgers catcher

"If we are going to have nights like this, guys
are going to find themselves in Triple-A."

Don Baylor, Rockies manager, on losing 18-7

"With the exception of opening day, we haven’t
played one good game."

Dan Plesac, Blue Jays pitcher


THE REST

"They say you can’t win it in April, but this is
where it all starts."

Rod Beck, Cubs pitcher

"Who says you have to score runs on a home run?
That’s the beauty of the game, you can score runs any
which way."

Mark McGwire, Cardinals infielder

"Playing second base is something that has gone
1,000 times better than I ever thought it would go."

Craig Biggio, Astros infielder

"If I have a chance to win a game in the 9th
inning, I’ll use everybody I have. Why save anybody
for the 10th?"

Phil Garner, Brewers manager

"Wil Cordero is not the person that the media put
out there. I want people to know that I don’t go home
each night and beat my wife and that is what people
think."

Wil Cordero, White Sox outfielder

"We can’t go wire-to-wire; we proved that opening
day. But to win the tough games, that makes everybody
kind of relaxed. We know that if we can’t outslug them,
we can do the little things and win with our pitching."

Ray Miller, Orioles manager

"Over the next three years, we have a chance to
be one of the quality organizations in the major
leagues."

Chuck LaMar, Devil Rays GM

"[Marge Schott] was always very nice to me. I
don’t know if she knew who I was, but she was always
nice to me."

Dave Burba, Indians pitcher

"You can feel the intensity and the electricity in
the stands when [Mark McGwire] comes up, and rightfully
so. He hits a baseball like no other human being."

Bruce Bochy, Padres manager

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