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August 3, 2013 | Times staff
"We were willing to do something stupid. We just weren't willing to do something insane. " - Pittsburgh General Manager Neal Huntington's explanation for why the division-leading Pirates didn't make a deal before the trade deadline "It's not time for me to hang it up. We have a process, and the process is not here yet. " - Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on whether he will be forced to retire because of his role in the Biogenesis...
July 27, 2013
"Do I feel like it should be stripped? I mean, yeah, I do. I feel like it should be, but that's not for me to decide, you know?" - The Dodgers' Matt Kemp , who finished second to Ryan Braun in voting for National League most valuable player in 2011, on whether Braun deserves the prize after being suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. "Sandy Koufax teases me, or did one time. He said, 'Why weren't you smart enough to come up with that 10 years before and I think it could be called the Koufax operation?
July 20, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
"You need haters in your life. If you don't have haters in your life, you're not doing anything. " - Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, in a discussion of the perils of Twitter. "I'll calm down sometime next week. " - Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan, entrusted not to ruin the Yankees' Mariano Rivera's All-Star finale by blowing the save for the American League. Nathan converted the save. "We always joke about it: 'You hit two, you better be hydrated tomorrow.'" - Baltimore Orioles first baseman and major league home run leader Chris Davis, on the perception that MLB's random drug tests might somehow target sluggers.
July 13, 2013 | Times staff
"I do home run derby every day in BP. " Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis , the major leagues' home run leader, on his inclusion in Monday's home run derby. "To get this much love and support from everybody is just unimaginable. ... It's just unbelievable that I actually won. " Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman, after getting 19.7 million votes to edge the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and win the National League's final All-Star spot. "I'm just so happy right now. I'm going to tell mom as soon as I go out. " Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez, who canceled his mother's flight home to Venezuela so she could see him play in the All-Star game.
May 23, 2013 | Scott Collins
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 | By Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel
— 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.
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