Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
08/09/2007 11:03 AM ET
Quotes of the week, Aug. 9, 2007
"He's the best player of all time. You don't realize the numbers that this guy has put up statistically. On-base percentage. Average. Home runs. It's not in the same world. He changes the game of baseball. You've seen people walk this guy with the bases loaded. I'm a fan of the game, and I thought it was amazing. I never got a chance to see Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantle play, but we're getting a chance to see this in our generation. When we're grandfathers, we can explain it to our grandchildren, and that's what it's all about."
-- Baltimore Orioles veteran Kevin Millar, on Barry Bonds hitting his 756th career home run.
"Think about some of the things that have happened this year. You have a 300-game winner [Tom Glavine], you had a 3,000th hit [Craig Biggio], two 500-home run hitters [Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez] and now Barry breaking the all-time home-run mark. It's been a great, great season for baseball."
-- Houston second baseman Craig Biggio commenting on Barry Bonds' 756th career home run to break the all-time record and the many other career achievements accomplished this season in baseball.
"I think leading up to it we all were watching. But then once he broke it, it was like, 'Woah, he actually just broke it.' It set in. Seven-fifty-six is ridiculous. It's an awesome feat. You saw how much emotion he had about his dad and that stuff. It was a special moment."
-- Milwaukee Brewers veteran Geoff Jenkins, on Barry Bonds hitting his 756th career home run.
"I'm proud of him, and I know it's something he wanted to do. I'm glad he accomplished it."
-- Detroit Tigers outfielder Gary Sheffield, on Barry Bonds hitting his 756th career home run.
"I think it's phenomenal. I'm trying to get 750 hits. It's crazy, and the numbers are just insane when you think about what he's done. Ninety-nine point nine [percent] of us can't put it into perspective or fathom it."
-- Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, on Barry Bonds hitting his 756th career home run.
"I think that decision worked itself out tonight."
-- Mets pitcher Tom Glavine, commenting on whether he chose the right sport for his profession. Glavine was once a fourth-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team.
"You never forgot that little voice whispering in your ear telling you never to give in. And you haven't given in for 300 of them, buddy. It was my privilege to be your pitching coach for a long, long, long time. I don't think anyone else in Major League history is going to win 300 anymore. It's a testament to your talent and your mental toughness."
-- Baltimore Orioles pitching coach Leo Mazzone said in a written statement about Tom Glavine and his 300th career win Sunday night. Mazzone was Glavine's pitching coach for years in Atlanta.
"I acted like a goofball running around the bases, but you only hit 500 once."
-- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, commenting on his home-run trot after hitting No. 500 for his career.
"With the way he attacks the ball his strike zone was so big at times that I thought it would take a few more years for him to learn to settle in and, with two strikes, learn to take what the pitcher gives him. But he's grasped it and taken off with it. He's working pitchers, getting into hitter's counts and hitting the ball to right field."
-- Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton on the developments of Jeff Francoeur into a .300 hitter this season.
"I was surprised because I didn't think I would react that way. I was four months without playing. Once I started I felt like I still had my timing. At first I had a spark of fear [about the ankle] the first two or three games in rookie ball. After five or six games, I lost the fear and started running, stealing bases and told myself, 'I'm fine.'"
-- Marlins center fielder Alejandro De Aza on batting .459 during a 37 at-bat rehab assignment in the Minors. De Aza had been on the disabled list since April 16 with a fractured ankle before being recalled before Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
(South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"I've looked at the replay on the computer three times, and the ball is on the black of the plate, if not maybe half a ball off the plate. The guy's hit 756 homers before tonight. It's not like he's guessing all the time. He does what he does."
-- Nationals pitcher Tim Redding reviewing the pitch he threw to Barry Bonds that resulted in home run No. 757 Wednesday night in the first inning.
"I saw Matt Cain hit his first home run. It might be his last, but I did see it."
-- Barry Bonds on the best thing that's happened to him in the 24 hours after breaking Hank Aaron's home run record.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
"Gary spoils you because he has so much range, he'll go up and take a home run from a guy and make it look easy. Certainly, that's not an easy play. Every time he saves a run, we say, 'Hey, that's an RBI.' The runs he's saved on defense combined with what he is doing offensively, you see why he is an important player this year. He's been big in our lineup."
-- Angels manager Mike Scioscia on the overall contributions of Gary Matthews this season. Matthews robbed Coco Crisp of a home run in Tuesday's 10-4 win over the Red Sox and also homered and drove in four runs in the game.
(Los Angeles Times)
"First time ever. I'd remember something like that. Not even in summer league. That's pretty special."
-- A's catcher Rob Bowen a switch-hitter, on belting home runs from both sides of the plate in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
"[Bonds] probably saw the ball out of the hand earlier than anybody I've ever been around. He's probably the smartest, most instinctive hitter. He could set up pitchers. He knew what was coming all the time."
-- Seattle hitting coach Jeff Pentland remembering his time as the hitting coach for Arizona State when his star pupil was Barry Bonds.
"I think the last thing out of Atlanta that was this secretive was the formula for Coca-Cola."
-- Giants President Larry Baer on the video tape tribute by Hank Aaron for Barry Bonds. Baer had been carrying the video tape in his pocket for over a week, waiting for Bonds to break the record.
"It's good to see. The guy's been doing it for so long. You can say whatever else you want about the record, but it takes a special talent to be able to do that for that many years. Anytime you can see history made, it's pretty cool."
-- New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes about Barry Bonds hitting his 756th career home run Tuesday night to set the all-time record.
"I only played with him for two months. What I remember is that he was a great athlete back in Pittsburgh. Back then, 30 home runs was a lot."
-- Boston pitcher Tim Wakefield, a former teammate of Barry Bonds, commenting what it was like to play for the new all-time home run hitter.
"It's an amazing feat and probably the most important record in sports. He's been great for a long time. That's why records fall -- greatness over a long period of time."
-- Colorado outfielder Matt Holliday on Barry Bonds' 756th career home run Tuesday night.
"I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. You never in a million years imagine yourself handing out your own jersey at a big-league stadium. It was quite the experience.
"They were very genuine. Some of them thanked me and said, 'We like watching you play, get well soon.' They were just very kind. I'm from Texas, I know how the people are here. They're great people, and we have great fans."
-- Houston rookie outfielder Hunter Pence, currently on the disabled list with a wrist fracture, on the reaction he got from fans before Wednesday night's game against the Cubs as he helped hand out T-shirts to fans on Hunter Pence T-shirt night.
"I'm hoping. It would be nice to get that zero out of the 'SB' column."
-- Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, when asked if he thought he might get the green light to swipe some bags from manager Charlie Manuel. Manuel, commenting on the question, responded with "Nah, he's all right like he is."
"It's amazing what you can do when you're not thinking. I found the ball, adrenaline took over and I put it on the money."
-- Pittsburgh outfielder Jason Bay, after pulling back a potential home run back on Tuesday night against Arizona.
"When you have winning and playing hard in common with guys, it's easy to get along with them. The guys have been great. I've been here maybe four days and it seems like a month."
-- Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Matt Morris, on his quickly established comfort level in Pittsburgh.
-- Red Line Editorial