July 6, 1998
The Week in Quotes
June 22-July 5
"I never thought I'd get fired."
"Everybody is numb right now. You just go out there
and play. You just go to the park and hope you still
have a uniform to wear."
"[Tommy Lasorda is] just killing me and Fred [Claire]
with the Fox people. Fred knows it. I know it. And
there's nothing we can do about it. It's just tough to
work under these conditions. Tommy's just vicious when
he wants something. He did the same sort of thing when
he was a coach under Walter Alston and wanted Alston's
"I don't know if I'm bitter. But I know I was
disappointed with the way things turned out. Do you
know how disappointing it is to be there so long and
then for everything to end like it did?"
"That's not to say I wasn't comfortable with
Billy [Russell], but it's easier to be more comfortable
with someone else around."
"With the way the team has been playing, I decided
that a change was necessary. The team just wasn't
performing up to it's capability, and I wasn't
comfortable staying with the status quo."
"I told Bob Graziano that I would always be there
for him in whatever he needed me to do, and this is
what he needs me to do now. There is a lot of talent on
this team, and I'm going to challenge every one of
these players to do everything they can to help this
DODGER SHAKE-UP, THIS WEEK
"The Dodgers have made so many changes that it's
not really the same team it was when I was there."
"Each day's a new adventure."
"I turned down seven teams asking for Konerko.
The one guy I wanted, I had to give up Konerko to get
"Obviously, we wish the timing was a little
better. First we lost our opening-day starter on the
eve of opening day, and now we lose our only All-Star
representative just prior to the All-Star game, and
THE ALL-STAR GAME
"I looked at the fan voting three days ago and saw
Felix Martinez ahead of me. I'm like, 'What do I have
to do, kick somebody in the face?'"
"It's the fans' game. The fans have the say. They
have control. You're trying to market the game to the
fans, and this is a way to get feedback on who they
want to see and who they want to be there."
"I love Kerry Wood, and I know it's exciting for
baseball and all, but he didn't deserve to be on this
year, in my opinion."
"It's going to be a kick just being in the same
locker room as Ken Griffey and Roberto Alomar."
"I'm honored every time I'm named, but really,
it's for my boys. I just kick back and they get to
have all the fun."
"If they ask me, I'll do it. In Colorado everyone
has a shot."
"This is a good fit for [Bip Roberts]. He's from
Oakland. He could help out at a couple of different
positions for them. And obviously we're paying a large
portion of his salary. There's little or no downside
"When you're going as bad as we are, you're got to
get your mind occupied by something else. You have to
get away from baseball."
"The only guy who can break the [home run] mark is
Mark McGwire. He's the man. I'm just another kid trying
to play good."
"I drive more people crazy when I don't play.
Instead of driving the other team crazy, I drive my
own team crazy."
"If you can't learn from those guys, then you're
brain-dead. They're a fountain of information. If you
can't pick their brain and learn something, you're just
not trying to be a pitcher."
"Home runs are emotional. Fans become excited when
they see them. My job is to knock in runs. I like to
see guys on base, and I enjoy doing my job."
"I feel the same thing every pitcher feels the day
after he throws. But nothing out of the ordinary. I
feel good when I throw a lot of pitches."
"I'm of the opinion that he deserves another
chance. If he screws it up, it's adios."
"I don't think I was a bad hitter. A lot of people
talk about my glove, but I'm a good player. When I go
to the plate I'm not afraid to fail."
"By nature, I count things. Not absolute to the
exact. But I keep a rough track. You only have so many
throws, so many games. So you don't want to use them
"There are many rumors out there. People see the
last year of my contract, but my intention is to remain
in South Florida."
"I know I need to be more consistent. I'm not
frustrated but it bugs me when I don't do better. I
want to do better. At least I'm seeing progress now;
I'm not going backward."
"I'm not too optimistic. If we conclude in the
days ahead that we're not going to make a run at the
playoffs, then we will make the moves necessary to
ensure that we are prepared to win in 1999."
"I think playing football at Nebraska really
helped. Playing in front of all those people and on
national television in pressure situations, it was a
really good learning experience for me. I think it can
only help me with the situations I encounter in the