May 25, 2013
"I don't write speeches or have someone write them for me. I speak from the heart. " - Don Mattingly, on calling out his team publicly for the first time in three years as Dodgers manager. "I think at times he tries too hard to justify his contract. " - Chicago Cubs Manager Dale Sveum on Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11 ERA), whose $52-million contract ranked third among free-agent pitchers, behind the Dodgers' Zack Greinke and the Tigers' Anibal Sanchez. "A recording of a mall Santa swearing at kids under his breath.
May 23, 2013 |
Joe Francis says it's his fault -- although he thinks the media is to blame, too. The founder of the soft-core "Girls Gone Wild" video empire apologized Thursday for an interview in which he claimed that the "retarded" jurors who recently convicted him of imprisoning three women should be shot by firing squad. "I deeply regret the remarks attributed to me in the interview with the Hollywood Reporter," Francis wrote in a statement. "They were hurtful and do not reflect my true feelings.
May 21, 2013 |
— Indiana Pacers Coach Frank Vogel stressed Monday he meant no disrespect to the Miami Heat in his postgame comments Saturday night and took to South Florida radio to clear the air. After the Pacers eliminated the New York Knicks in Saturday's Game 6 of that Eastern Conference semifinal series, Vogel said: "This is not about getting back at Miami. You're in the final four, you're competing for a championship, you're competing for a championship. And they're just the next team that's in our way. And that's how we're approaching it. " Vogel said Monday he was not minimizing the Heat's accomplishments as defending NBA champions, with the teams to open the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
May 4, 2013
"I think he's too old for rehab assignments. " - Colorado Rockies Manager Walt Weiss on first baseman Todd Helton, 39, expected to be activated from the disabled list Sunday "The only positive is we're not playing in 30-degree temperatures where it has a chance to snow again. " - Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost on postponing Friday's game before it started, one day after the Royals dodged rain, snow and slush for four innings before calling off that day's game "Bad barbecue makes me want to fight somebody.
April 27, 2013
"It wasn't because of my 'advanced' age that my ankle broke. " - New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter , 38 and out until at least the All-Star break, scoffing at the question of whether he ponders his baseball mortality. - "I thought David Ortiz's choice of words was outstanding. " - Commissioner Bud Selig , on Ortiz's "This is our [bleeping] city" oratory before the Red Sox played their first home game after the Boston Marathon bombings. - "I was engaged in discussions in the world about pictures, as in paintings, not pitchers, guys who can or can't paint the strike zone.
April 13, 2013
"I heard there are some smart people at Stanford. That wasn't too smart. " - Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, on Padres slugger (and former Stanford student) Carlos Quentin, who broke the collarbone of Zack Greinke by charging the mound and flinging him to the ground, after what Quentin decided - and Greinke denied - was an intentional hit by pitch. "Not sure what I would do if someone charged and lowered their shoulder at me … but lowering mine back prob isnt at the top of the list" - Cleveland Indians pitcher Vinnie Pestano, on Twitter, on Greinke's reaction to Quentin rushing the mound.
April 13, 2013
Double trouble Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert , tweeting about the State Farm commercial depicting Clippers star Chris Paul being separated at birth from his fictional twin brother, Cliff Paul: "Wouldn't Chris Paul's mom realize that 1 of her identical twins is missing? What r the chances his last name is Paul as well? #StateFarmprobs. " Relax, everybody New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony , on breathless media speculation about Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose's return from a knee injury: "I wish y'all would stop rushing Derrick back.