June 24, 2002
The Week in Quotes
June 17-23, 2002
TAKE THAT BACK
"[Dibble] was unprofessional and uninformed. He said there was no retaliation after Mike got hit. This is the reason people
switch off ESPN, because you have people with no knowledge of the game or the English language presenting the game we love."
"[Dibble] threw bats in the stands, threw balls in the stands, fought with his manager. When he hit people it was because they
hit a home run off him, not protection for his teammates."
"I just wasn't impressed (with Dibble's remarks). He's entitled to his opinions, but I think he was just trying to say something
controversial and self-promoting. But if you're going to respond to him you might as well sit by talk radio and analyze every
call. That's what I'd equate him with."
"At the beginning, he was throwing around those six-, seven- and eight-letter Stanford words that nobody understands and talking
about the scientific laws of gravity and stuff like that."
GOT TO HAVE FAITH
"If I didn't, I wouldn't keep playing him. I hear people saying, 'Dusty's so loyal, Shawon's your boy.' I hear all that s---.
But he can do it. If I didn't think so, I wouldn't keep running him out there."
IN A WAY
"It's not often that Jason [Giambi] makes an out on the first or second pitch of an at-bat. If a guy swings at the first pitch
and then makes an out, that makes the hitters behind him less aggressive early in the count, because nobody wants a three- or
four-pitch inning for the opposing pitcher. Jason allows the guys behind him to be aggressive early in the count, if they get a
pitch they want."
"I've always said when Andruw [Jones] walks 100 times, he's going to have it. He's on pace for that. He's always been streaky,
but when he goes through a stretch where he's patient and streaky, he puts up eye-popping numbers."
"The doctors tell us that with 15 days, there isn't going to be a drastic improvement. He needs 6-to-8 weeks, so you deal with
it. I don't think anybody is 100 percent over a 162-game schedule. ... Maybe it's a good learning experience for him and will
make him a better player."
"You want him to throw 140? He wanted to go out there. He wasn't really aware how much he had worked. He just knew he was
feeling good. But he was facing 3, 4, 5 [hitters]. You think he's going to work through those guys? No. Absolutely not.
"Maybe it's like the Broward County election. Maybe the space to punch my name is lined up wrong and the votes that are going to
me should be going to Barry [Bonds] or Sammy Sosa."
"There is no question but that the positive shelf life of a new stadium has shrunk considerably. The new parks in themselves
can't be a long-term or mid-term panacea for the problems."
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