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* Indicates Jim Tracy interviewing himself.

 


He has more upside than he's shown.

- Ned Colletti
Explaining that Brett Tomko is better
than his nine crappy seasons
12/22/05


If I can make it through the off-season without trading a young person, so be it.

- Ned Colletti
One week after trading 25-year-old Antonio Perez
and 27-year-old Milton Bradley
12/21/05


They made up their minds to go with Jeff Kent. They wanted the old man instead of the young man.

- Milton Bradley
Forgetting that the old man played
in 74 more games than he in '05
12/13/05


The Dodgers filled their most obvious void by finally hiring a manager, but it's questionable whether Grady Little (recommended by Bill Mueller) can successfully replace the vigorous Jim Tracy.

- John Shea (SF Chronicle)
Apparently confused about the meaning of the word 'vigorous'
12/11/05


It's delicate. It's really delicate.

- Ned Colletti
On J.D. Drew's body
12/9/05


We probably need to find ourselves another outfielder and maybe some help at first base, third base, another starting pitcher, lefty in the bullpen. Other than that, I think we're pretty well set.

- Ned Colletti
Proving he has a sense of humor—and enough shortstops
12/6/05


As of right now, I don't have more than five (candidates). To be frank about it, I can't tell you there wouldn't be a sixth. There isn't a sixth right now.

- Ned Colletti
A man of his word
12/1/05


He knows what he's doing and why he's doing it. He has a reason for things.

- Jim Lett
On the genius of Jim Tracy
10/16/05


You want to be appreciated wherever you go, and I don't think we were. I never heard anything to that effect. There is a lot of tugging and pulling and a lot of stuff I don't understand. But now, I don't have to worry about processing it anymore.

- Jim Colborn
Taking a parting shot at the front office
10/11/05


We want to win as much as Eric Gagne does. We will spend what it takes to win. I've said it over and over and over again, so all our fans hear it loud and clear.

- Frank McCourt
Loudly and clearly full of crap
10/6/05


We're the fucking Dodgers. We should be like the Yankees. The Yankees don't rebuild. They go out and get what they need to win.... I don't want to be here if we're just going to play kids and rebuild. Yeah, I put my name on a contract, and I respect that. But the Dodgers' logo was on top of that contract—not the Milwaukee Brewers or the Las Vegas 51s. It's an embarrassment to the city. It's an embarrassment to the fans. It's and embarrassment to everyone who came before us and wore the Dodger unfirom to have a year like this.

- Eric Gagne
Not particularly happy
10/4/05


I'm honored to have my name involved. I work in a whole different department than the major league team, but are we on the same page? The answer is yes.

- Terry Collins
Channeling Jim Tracy in hopes of becoming
the new Dodger manager
10/4/05


*I asked myself the question, 'Could I get the club back to where it was at the end of 2004 before the end of 2006?' I thought there was a good possibility it would take more time than that.

- Jim Tracy
Finally admitting that he talks to himself
10/3/05


*Do I think this could be fixed? Yes. Can it be done overnight, or over one season? I don't know if the answer to that is yes.
.

- Jim Tracy
Asking a couple last questions
10/3/05


*I'm not going to talk about it. Was there a meeting? Yes. Will I discuss the parameters and expound on it? No.

- Jim Tracy
Talking about what he's not talking about
9/29/05


You've got to find ways to excite yourself...

- Derek Lowe
On the stack of Korean porn next to his locker
9/25/05


*Have we seen stranger things than a [5-1/2 game] lead evaporate in 10 days? Yes, we have.

- Jim Tracy
Asking his two imaginary friends in his head
about the Dodgers chances of catching the Padres
9/16/05


Get away from me! She's in the room right now. You better get over here.

- Milton Bradley
Showing his love for his wife during a 911 call in June
9/15/05


I might cry, It's going to be very emotional. I just don't know how
I'm going to act.

- Wilson Alvarez
When told that he won't have access to the
players-only 'all-you-can-eat' buffet after he retires
9/14/05


The thing that we know is that of the 20 (games) we play, we have to win a bunch.

- Jim Tracy
Having figured it all out
9/11/05


*Is there more I want to accomplish for the organization and the fans? I've gained a very fond affection for this organization, and for the fans.

- Jim Tracy
Skirting his own question
9/10/05


Everybody is surprised [about his elbow injury], especially myself. I was shocked. I saw two doctors, and they agreed.

- Cesar Izturis
On doctors agreeing that he was shocked
9/10/05


I'm very comfortable with the fact that Oscar Robles is a guy who can definitely be counted on in some capacity. As to exactly where he fits and can fit, exactly when and how, you allow things to take place and see how the landscape looks.

- Jim Tracy
Suggesting that his garden will determine Robles' future
9/10/05


Now, Brency Yazoban is battling for a decision.

- Vin Scully
Battling his dyslexia
9/7/05


Andruw Jones of the Braves leads the league with 111 home runs and 44 RBI. What a year he's had!

- Vin Scully
A little mixed up
9/5/05



Brian Holton suffers the loss. Brian's record falls to 5-8.

- Vin Scully
Having a flashback to '88
9/4/05


It was a great game. We did everything we could to win the game to avoid being swept.

- Jim Tracy
On the Dodgers' effort to do everything to win the
game except for actually winning the game
9/4/05


The job that this guy has done out of the bullpen -- holy cow! This guy has been terrific. To be able to plug him in for a couple innings there as a bridge builder -- he fits a number of ways.

- Jim Tracy
On Elmer Dessens' ability to construct bridges
9/4/05


*We brought him here for some left-handed hitting situations. Does that mean that tonight I'm going to rush him out there against Todd Helton? I'm not going to say yes, I'm not going to say no. We'll just see how things go.

- Jim Tracy
Refusing to answer his own question about Hong-Chih Kuo
9/2/05


That's a lie. A big fat lie. I'm really upset about this; I'm not going to stand for this — you'll see. I'll take a lie detector test tomorrow; I have never talked to rival scouts or executives about DePodesta. I've been in the guy's corner from Day 1. God almighty, how can they say that about me?

- Tommy Lasorda
Taking a break from his meatball sub to deny
reports that he bad-mouthed Paul DePodesta
8/31/05


We're baseball players trying to win a division.

- Jeff Kent
Clarifying who the hell all these guys are
8/29/05


I definitely see how it was a distraction, and that's an understatement, no doubt about it. But is that why we lost four of five? Is it why we've won three straight? If we had come out and won four of five, would people have said it was good for the team and got us going? Did we put it behind us after five games? Did we lose those games because of what happened in the clubhouse?

- Jayson Werth
Making Jim Tracy proud
8/29/05


Regardless of the lineup or the youth, the club has played hard, been in the game and done a terrific job. But at a certain point, it comes down to the guy on the mound and the guy at the plate.

- Jim Tracy
On the intricacies of baseball
8/26/05


*Do I feel Jayson Werth can play center field? I know he can.

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself the tough questions
8/25/05


It's kind of ridiculous that you get a 10-game suspension for steroids and a six-game suspension for milk.

- Brad Penny
On the Marlins' suspension of a batboy for
having a little lactose fun with him
8/25/05


I remember Jeff [Kent] lining up one of the [African-American] players on the team with a very good-looking white girl, and racists don't do that.

- Dusty Baker
On white lovin'
8/24/05


The problem is, he doesn't know how to deal with African-American people. I think that's what's causing everything.

- Milton Bradley
Ripping on Jeff Kent with thought and poise,
proof that his anger management classes have worked
8/23/05


Growing up in LA, I know how to deal with all types of people, and I do it on an everyday basis. But some people don't deal with all different types of people every day, and therefore don't know how to handle situations when they arise.

- Milton Bradley
On his excellent situation-handling abilities
8/23/05


If you're going to be the leader of the team, then you need to mingle with the team and associate with the team. I mean, you can't have your locker in the corner, put your headphones in and sit in the corner reading a motocross magazine. He's in his own world. Everybody else is in this world.

- Milton Bradley
Forgetting that he's actually on Mars
8/23/05


It was pretty apparent that the opportunity for him to make his next start would not be there.

- Jim Tracy
Because it's too hard to just say,
"He won't make his next start."
8/22/05


Pitch counts and hydration become a factor. I'm kind of glad the big boy, [Brad] Penny, doesn't have one of those day games — he's a sweater.

- Jim Tracy
Confusing his starting pitcher with a piece of winter clothing
8/21/05


That's where you want your balls to be—not up around the belt.

- Steve Lyons
On his aging sack
8/21/05


I want people to say Milton Bradley was a pretty good ballplayer and a pretty good person. Anybody who is going to stand between me getting there, then they need to be eliminated.

- Milton Bradley
Showing what a good person he is by
suggesting that Jeff Kent should die
8/20/05


I'm always OK. As long as I'm black, I'm fine.

- Milton Bradley
Apparently opposed to skin bleaching
8/20/05


Momentum is something that you begin. How far you carry it through is the element that you look at and then you look back on a couple of games like this and you say this was a big time starting point.

- Jim Tracy
Giving new meaning to the term 'run-on sentence'
8/16/05


Izturis remained at 3rd base while Bradley and Kent were making out.

-Vin Scully
Recalling the good old days when Kent &
Bradley were more than just 'friends'

8/13/05


As we go through the course of these final two months of the season, one thing that you would like to see is our ability to sustain some offense. The opportunity to have three or four guys in the lineup swinging the bat collectively at the same time.

- Jim Tracy
On his plan to have three guys bat at once
8/6/05


My arm is a big question mark.

- Wilson Alvarez
On his physical deformity
8/5/05


I have a lot to show young guys.

- Wilson Alvarez
On his collection of Taco Bell napkins
8/5/05


He is not any more limited than any of our other relievers in what he can do.

- Paul DePodesta
On Wilson Alvarez, who can't pitch without pain,
walk without a limp, or put his pants on without grease
8/4/05


Holton in the first inning made 19 pitches. Exactly half of those were strikes.

- Rick Monday
Proving he's as bad with numbers as he is with words
8/3/05


Your analogy of Jeff Weaver?

- Rick Monday
Asking Al Downing for his analysis of Jeff Weaver—we think
8/3/05


Catch the Dodgers at home next week in two great series vs. the Phillies and the Mets as they continue their drive for the Postseason!

- Promotional email
Hoping Dodger fans are as dumb as they look
8/3/05


It's really fat and swollen.

- Jason Phillips
Trying to lure Carolyn Hughes away from Derek Lowe
8/3/05


Am I lonely? Yes. Am I upset? Yes. Am I confused? Yes. Do I have my days when I've thrown a little pity party for myself? Absolutely. But I'm also doing really well.

- Jennifer Aniston
Doing her best Jim Tracy impersonation
8/1/05


*He can receive, he has arm strength. Do his footwork and exchange have to get better? Yes. I try not to beat down, but bring an awareness so the player can get better.

- Jim Tracy
On Jason Phillips' girly arm
7/30/05


Winning streaks help build momentum for the team.

- Al Downing
Sharing his astounding baseball knowledge
7/28/05


*Was he overpowering? No. Was he locating well? Yes.

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself the tough questions about Kris Benson
7/24/05


Every time I think of 'sexy,' I think 'Killer Tomato' [Olmedo Saenz].

- Charley Steiner
Reminding us once again why he's still single at 60
7/23/05


You'll never make it to the major leagues.

- Milton Bradley
To a minor league umpire, after being called out
on strikes at the end of his rehab assignment
7/22/05


They [Philadelphia fans] even made comments about your mama. If you want to talk about me, I don't care, but when you start talking about a guy's family, that's over the line. You shouldn't talk about somebody's mama, because you don't know if she might be in the cemetery already.

- Duaner Sanchez
Whose mama probably doesn't have a sense of humor either
7/21/05


There's more fluidity—big word, I can spell it if you need it—to the delivery.

- Derek Lowe
Proud of his 8th grade vocabulary
7/21/05


It was whether I was going to sign with them, or Cory Snyder.

- Wade Boggs
On the Dodgers' 1992 contract offer that included a deadline
because superstar Cory Snyder was waiting in the wings
7/21/05


I don't have a spot for him (Antonio Perez). It's unfortunate, but that's the truth.

- Jim Tracy
Lying
7/20/05


He doesn't speak much English, but the guy is smart.

- Jim Colborn
Learning from Yhency Brazoban that you don't
have to speak English to have a brain
7/19/05


I don't know a timetable. I think it will take a little time, from what I'm hearing from the instructor.

- Jim Tracy
Refusing to call his coach by name
7/18/05


He comes down a lot and we like to chew the fat.

- Jim Tracy
On eating gristle with Tommy Lasorda
7/17/05


Durham, 5'-8", but what a little package of dynamite.

- Vin Scully
Reminiscing about his good times with Ray Durham
7/16/05


I tried to get it up and in and it wasn't in enough.

- D.J. Houlton
Sharing his personal problems with reporters
7/15/05


*Would I use him in a situation where we need to get a groundball? We are getting to that point.

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself about Scott Erickson
7/10/05


Don't be calling me out in front of everyone. I hate that. Don't embarrass me in front of everyone.

- Odalis Perez
After teammates posted his penis size online
7/10/05


The Dodgers are playing just well enough to lose.

- Steve Lyons
Speaking just enough English to make no sense at all
7/7/05


Over there, he's a completely different cat.

- Hipster Jim Tracy
On Antonio Perez playing second base
7/7/05


It's not a concern. They all watched him on TV.

- Jim Tracy
On the Dodgers' rookie lineup facing Roger Clemens
7/7/05


Having this lineup aligned this way, the key is us feeling like we've got a good guy out there, and if he's on his game, you hang around.

- Jim Tracy
Trying to say the Dodgers' makeshift lineup sucks balls
7/6/05


I'll see you in about 6-8 weeks.

- J.D. Drew
Saying goodbye to the media after going on the DL
7/4/05


We have to sit down and decide if we should take [the team] in a different direction.

- Paul DePodesta
Still refusing to acknowledge that his direction sucks
7/4/05


That's not good. No, that's not good. I can't keep putting us in a hole like that. I have a history of that in the Minor Leagues.

- D.J. Houlton
On his history of getting pummeled
7/4/05


He's [Robles] the prototypical infielder I managed in the winter of 1993 in Mexico. He's similar to a Juan Castro but he doesn't have the pop.

- Jim Tracy
Obviously impressed with Castro's 25 career home runs
7/3/05


We had an opportunity to win the game,and that's always what you're hoping for.

- J.D. Drew
Apparently not quite ready to hope to actually win
7/2/05


There's not one idiot out there that can reach over and grab the ball?

- Jason Phillips
Obviously quite aware of the quality
of fans in the left field corner
7/2/05


Brandon Medders is a rather accomplished musician... performing anything from straight country to Alice in Chains. I have no idea what Alice in Chains means.

- Vin Scully
Probably not a big fan of Metallica either
7/1/05


I wasn't looking at [third-base coach Jim Lett]. I think I heard him say, 'Whoa, whoa.' I was coming in a little hot. I think I surprised him.

- Jayson Werth
On his complete disregard for his coaches
6/29/05


If I get rocked, I get rocked. If I pitch good, I pitch good.

- Odalis Perez
Showing his competitive spirit
6/29/05


We've had many discussions among our medical staff, and there's no rhyme or reason for it. We are in an [outlier]. We're four or five standard deviations from the mean.

- Paul DePodesta
Speaking to his computer
6/29/05


Is he a .350 hitter? I don't know. Do you expect him to be? No. Will he get hot again? Yeah.

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself the tough questions about Izturis
6/29/05


Write it down, boys, and don't laugh.

- Derek Lowe
To reporters, referring to the Dodgers' lineup
6/26/05


I always thought that Jayson looked like someone who should star in a passion play.

- Vin Scully
Finding a nice way to say that
Jayson Werth looks like a porn star
6/25/05


It's very, very encouraging news. We're talking about a guy who has the opportunity to resume the pursuit of becoming possibly the best closer that's ever done it in the history of the game.

- Jim Tracy
Resuming the pursuit of becoming possibly
the most wordy manager in the history of the game
6/24/05


The one certainty is the uncertainty.

- Jim Tracy
Making it a certainty that we use that quote
6/24/05


Managers do things for a reason.

- Jeff Kent
Unable to come up with a reason
6/22/05


There are just so many things that just snowballed. I don't know. Maybe I should just play cricket.

- Jason Phillips
Ready to retire after 2-1/2 months with the Dodgers
6/19/05


*Is it fair to sit here and expect the efficiency we've grown accustomed to with Gagne? You're gonna stub your toe once in a while with a young kid.

- Jim Tracy
Refusing to answer his own question
6/18/05


Elmer Dessens has been absolutely brilliant.

- Charley Steiner
Uttering words never before spoken
6/18/05


First of all, we have to get him swinging the bat at baseballs.

- Jim Tracy
On Milton Bradley, who apparently would
prefer to only swing the bat at small birds
6/17/05


At this point the Dodgers haven't begun to estimate or guesstimate how long [Gagne] might be gone.

- Charley Steiner
Being redundant or redundant
6/15/05


Hopefully we keep riding the Big Korean as long as we can.

- Derek Lowe
While standing near the Skinny Mexican
6/14/05


*Does he factor in on the 17th or 18th? The answer is no.

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself about Odalis Perez
6/14/05


Choi's up, then Kent, and Drew in between.

- Vin Scully
Practicing innovative new broadcasting techniques
6/12/05


We have a fine ball club on the DL right now.

- Frank McCourt
On how the Dodgers' DL team is in first place
6/12/05


Our first baseman is beginning to come alive.

- Jim Tracy
Unsure who he happened to put at first that day
6/10/05


The thing about Jeff Weaver for two years is, he takes the ball every fifth day and you're gonna get everything he's got every single day.

- Jim Tracy
All over the place
6/6/05


Edwards just shortened up on his stork.

- Rick Monday
Either trying to say 'stroke' or just being plain filthy
6/5/05


Watch the good teams, they win series.

- Brad Penny
After the Dodgers lost 6 of the previous 8 series
6/5/05


The thing about Oscar Robles is, he knows what a strike and a ball is.

- Jim Tracy
On the genius of Robles
6/5/05


The fans in the left-field pavilion might possibly be the greatest fans in the world.

- Jayson Werth
Quite possibly the biggest liar in the world
6/3/05


I'm not happy. I can't be happy.

- Odalis Perez
On his recent haircut
6/2/05


If they gave all of us translators, the clubhouse would be filled with translators.

- Cesar Izturis
Translating something Antonio Perez said
5/31/05


It's still pretty early.

- Brad Penny
Starting to sound like a true Dodger
5/31/05


*I just feel like trying different things. Am I totally certain it's going to work and be the key that unlocks the safe to get the guy going? I'm not that smart to know that. I've seen it before, giving a guy a slight environment change helps the situation.

- Jim Tracy
Refusing to answer his own question, insulting his
own intelligence, and describing J.D. Drew's move
from #3 to #2 as a change in environment
5/22/05


Maybe somebody ought to get mad. I've tried to be pretty cool [about the team's struggles] but maybe I'm going to have to get mad.

- Milton Bradley
Whetting our appetite
5/22/05


Do I think the penalties (for using steroids) are a little harsh? Yes. Not for, say, the guys who have already been in the big leagues a lot of years and are making millions. (But) put yourself in my position. I play paycheck to paycheck to support my family.

- Jason Phillips
On his financial struggles
5/20/05


What we did better than them tonight was pitching.

- Jeff Kent
Sharing his profound thoughts after the Dodgers' 14-5 win
5/18/05


Obviously it's a very tough phase we're going through right now. It tests your charisma and wherewithal.

- Jim Tracy
Showing off his vocabulary skills—albeit incorrectly
5/17/05


Do I want to play tomorrow? Yes. Will I play tomorrow? I don't know. I'm not the one who makes up the lineup card.

- Adrian Beltre
Apparently still under the influence of Jim Tracy
5/16/05


I think it was just a hurdle he had to go through.

- Rick Monday
Showing why he chose baseball over track & field
5/15/05


Andruw speaks dutch, spanish, engliss...

- Vin Scully
Losing his ability to speak even a single language
5/14/05


Jeff Weaver, sitting in between Derek Lowe and... [pause]... other pitchers.

- Vin Scully
Refusing to speak Scott Erickson's name
5/14/05


*What I wonder is, if you give him too much left-handed pitching, do you mess up what he's doing against right-handed pitching?

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself aloud about Hee Seop
5/13/05


*With the job these guys have done, you get beyond that and ask yourself the question, 'What is it going to be like when Gagne does get back?'

- Jim Tracy
Talking about asking himself a question
5/13/05


If that's Jeff Kent, I don't think that happens. Who really steps on the bag anyway?

- Milton Bradley
Still not a big fan of rules, apparently
5/12/05


*Are they makable plays? Yes. Are you going to cast a spear in the direction of somebody trying as hard as he is? No.

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself about spears
5/11/05


*Can I make a suggestion? Yes. Do I get the final vote? No.

- Jim Tracy
The #1 'American Idol' fan
5/11/05


It figures that the more runs you get, the better chance you have to win.

- Rick Monday
Sharing his baseball wisdom
5/10/05


Phillips drives it to center, but Edmonds, who is a great ballpark, goes back and makes the catch.

- Rick Monday
Confusing Jim Edmonds with Fenway Park
5/9/05


The thing that was encouraging to me as I watched Gagne today was obviously the non-ramifications it had on his elbow, and the drive that he had with his legs.

- Jim Tracy
Practicing his non-vocabulary
5/7/05


He [Werth] seems to be coming along pretty well. The biggest thing is getting comfortable at third base and in the batter's box.

- Jim Tracy
Forgetting that Werth is an outfielder
5/7/05


I think it's safe to say that if you spot Brad Penny 10 runs in the top half of the first inning, the likelihood of being in good shape is fairly evident.

- Jim Tracy
Adding about five unnecessary words to his sentence
5/6/05


*Is it feasible, or are we hampering a pitching staff because he can't field the position? When a guy has never played the position, to assume he can master it in six weeks is a ludicrous thought. You don't want to force-feed him or throw him to the wolves. If you compromise him, you impact other guys and you may run amok with other parts of his game.

- Jim Tracy
On how starting Antoio Perez at third could
lead to the implosion of the entire team
5/5/05


There was no way Guzman would have made it to third base, unless he thought he had a can of invisible paint in his back pocket.

- Rick Monday
Making listeners wish he'd swallow some inaudible paint
5/4/05


It's a True Blue Tuesday night here at Yankee Stadium...

- Charley Steiner
On the "Dodgers Dugout" pregame show
5/3/05


*Pitch short, pitch two innings, pitch long, in any number of categories. I will not overextend this guy. Can he start a game? Sure he can. We don't need [a starter] right now.

- Jim Tracy
Making a case that he should be instituionalized
5/3/05


The Nationals won't have a left-hander in their bullpen to counter Dodgers' lefty sluggers J.D. Drew and Hee-Seop Choi.

- AP Game Preview
On Choi's tremendous power
5/2/05


*Is he [Nakamura] going to be able to hit major-league pitching? ... We're still looking for that information.

- Jim Tracy
Also still looking for Nicole Simpson's real killers
5/2/05



I don't know if I got it or not. I don't think so. If I did, I didn't read it.

- Eric Gagne
On the letter he might or might not have received
informing him he couldn't be in the dugout while on the DL
4/29/05


I don't want to go up, down, up, down.

- Hee Seop Choi
On his erectile difficulty
4/28/05


It's very prudent to stay on that path rather than go backward and try to go forward again on Friday.

- Jim Tracy
Confused about what direction he's going
4/28/05



He did a credible job
.

- Jim Tracy
After Scott Erickson lowered his ERA from 7.80 to 7.20
4/27/05



Brad pitched today, he wasn't just a thrower.

- Jim Tracy
Amazed at what you can get for $5 million bucks
4/25/05



He pitched today. He didn't just throw.

- Jason Phillips
Auditioning to take Tracy's job when he's fired
4/25/05


I slept like a baby last night.

- Jose Valentin
Confirming that he wets his bed
4/25/05


*Is it a possibility of bringing him back? Yeah.

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself about Wilson Alvarez's rehab
4/24/05


In school, he was a Physics Major, so he knows how to get that entirely full fulcrum to throw the ball.

- Rick Monday
Making Sir Isaac Newton turn in his grave
4/23/05


We wouldn't have had a better at bat from anyone else [other than Odalis] anyway.

- Jim Tracy
On his confidence in the Dodger bench
4/23/05


The way Jennings is pitching, I'm sure the Dodgers are hoping he's perfectly okay. NOT!

- The always-hip Rick Monday
After Jason Jennings, who was throwing
a shutout, appeared to be injured
4/22/05


The setting is more intimate, the LED board brings added excitement and energy to the stadium experience...

- Drew McCourt
Trying to sound just like daddy
4/22/05


Because of the recent renovation at Dodger Stadium, fans discovered a new level of energy, both in the physical facilities and in the overall entertainment experience.

- Ken Gurnick (mlb.com)
Slightly overlooking the fact that the
Dodgers' 5-0 record at home might have had
something to do with the energy level
4/21/05


The key is avoiding injuries and avoiding any kind of slumps or losing streaks.

- Scott Erickson
On the secret key to the Dodgers' season
4/21/05


In my initial approach to the ball, I underestimated the velocity on the Milwaukee terrain. Therefore, I was rendered defenseless to field the aforementioned ball.

- Milton Bradley
Obviously losing his goddamn mind
4/19/05


I'll take the extra time now so it won't bother me all year. Get it all cleaned out and that's it.

- Eric Gagne
On his bowels
4/17/05


I don't think anyone would have guesstimated that Derek Lowe would be back [so soon after his injury].

- Rick Monday
To no one's surprise, using a word that
The Vocabula Review ranks as one of the worst
(Writes Vocabula: "Use estimate, for crying out loud! It's the same word!")
4/15/05


I don't really believe in ghosts and all that...

- Milton Bradley
On Jeff Weaver's pigment, or lack thereof
4/15/05


The Rule 5 pick isn't necessarily pitching like one. I see a lot of poise.

- Jim Tracy
Refusing to say the name 'D.J.'
4/14/05


If there's one thing, uh, that will be very consistent with ballclubs I manage here, we will play baseball for 27 outs. Uh, the game is not over until they record 27 outs.

- Jim Tracy
Distinguishing himself from managers who
only encourage their guys to play for 6 innings
4/13/05


If you joined us late, yes, he is a Niekro.

- Vin Scully
Forgetting that the P.C. term is 'African American'
4/13/05


Given where we each started in life, Milton Bradley has achieved more than I have.

- Frank McCourt
Admitting to his lack of discernable achievements
4/12/05


I'm anxious... I'll be leaving 40 tickets, so I want to put on a show for them.

- Jeff Weaver
Just before giving up 5 runs in the first inning
4/11/05


"I was standing next to Jason (Varitek) and I said 'You're lucky, you get to play here (Boston) for the next four years.'"

- Derek Lowe
Really endearing himself to Dodger fans
4/11/05


When he fell down at first base is when I took a deep breath when I left the dugout.

- Jim Tracy
Not sure when to not use the word 'when'
4/10/05


Especially with it being a day game and rising early... I'll try to approach it like another game and not get too high, the same approach as in San Francisco.

- Jeff Weaver
On Opening Day sobriety
4/10/05


*Do we want him to feel like we are rushing him? No.

- Jim Tracy
Waiting for Brad Penny to get out of the bathroom
4/10/05


Tracy is a very smart guy, so is Colby and Mr. DePodesta.

- Kelly Wunsch
With a gun shoved against his forehead
4/7/05


*It's different if Gagne is down there, but he's not. Did I manage different? Yes, I did.

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself if he managed differently
4/6/05


So, it's J.2. Drew throwing out J.2. Snow.

- Vin Scully
Just before watching R2-D2 steal second
4/6/05


Nobody had us picked better than fourth place going into last year and at least a couple people have us third going in this year.

- Paul DePodesta
Proudly touting his accomplishments
4/5/05


Hopefully, the ball won't come to me too much, and it won't happen again.

- Jose Valentin
Channeling Pedro Guerrero
4/5/05


The ball hit the chalk... the ball and the chalk are the same color.

- Jose Valentin
Coming up with the best excuse for an
error in the history of baseball
4/5/05



For me, this game will be equal to a World Series game.

- Derek Lowe
Already well aware that the Dodgers won't make it
4/4/05


I can't be a fan of this team. I can't afford to be.

- Paul DePodesta
On how he doesn't make enough money to buy tickets
4/4/05


Cesar and Maicer grew up in the same house... in the same city.

- Vin Scully
On the Izturis brothers
4/6/05


How much do I have to hit? How much defense do I have to show? I thought the best player gets to stay.

- Norihiro Nakamura
Making a last-ditch attempt to stay with the
team by tossing out Tracy-isms
4/2/05


So, Jeff Weaver starts off on a promissory note.

- Vin Scully
Suggesting that Weaver owes money to someone
4/2/05


*Is he the guy? I don't know. Hopefully he'll be the guy.

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself if Brad Penny is the guy
4/2/05


Is it frustrating to be hurt and missing Opening Day after being given a job and have only two at-bats? Is that frustrating? Yes.

- Jayson Werth
Channeling Jim Tracy
3/31/05


There's no magic pill.

- Derek Lowe
When asked if there was a magic pill
3/31/05


Every once in a while, you think there's a certain situation and he does something like he did today. We're still looking at it real closely.

- Jim Tracy
Rambling incoherently about Norihiro Nakamura
3/30/05


*There may be some situations early on. But will I be at a maximum comfort level? No.

- Jim Tracy
Questioning himself about Antonio Perez at third
3/30/05


Improvement is the word for today.

- Jayson Werth
Auditioning for a role on Sesame Street
3/29/05


I told Tim Wallach I thought it was a big problem, but he said it was a little problem.

- Hee Seop Choi
On how Wallach is much more than just a hitting coach
3/29/05


I like walks, but I want to swing now. Last week, I was thinking `Ball, strike.' This week, I think, `Swing, swing, swing.' I like to swing.

- Hee Seop Choi
Explaining why you'll often find him at the kiddie park
3/29/05


Those two guys, somewhere down the road, could become serious candidates for a Major League situation. It's very wise to take them west and let them experience the big league atmosphere and environment.

- Jim Tracy
Desperately trying to sound intelligent
3/28/05


The past week has been hard. But you can't get ticked off or pout or hang your head.

- David Ross
Just before doing all three
3/27/05


*Does he have a very good chance of making the club? Without pinning me down, I'd say it is favorable.

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself about new golden boy Jason Repko
3/27/05


If guys hate each other, sometimes I think that's better. If they are fighting with each other, competitive with each other, they take it out on the field, on the other team, and that's great.

- Jeff Kent
Just before punching Jayson Werth in the face
3/23/05


This team doesn't have a go-to guy; we've got complementary players...

- Jeff Kent
Stopping just short of saying the team sucks
3/23/05


If I wasn't a baseball player swinging a bat, I'd be fine.

- Jayson Werth
On how an arm injury wouldn't be a big deal for a cab driver
3/23/05


He's won 36 games in three years for us. You know, his style, one needs a lot of patience to allow him to win his games because the way he does it can be nerve-wracking - that's the best word. But there's no question in my mind, and I've been around baseball a long time and been around a lot of competitors, that there is no question that he's a successful person and to me that means a winner.

- Jim Colborn
Rambling in an attempt to compliment Kaz Ishii
3/22/05


Strikes.

- Jim Colborn
When asked what pitches Kaz Ishii had
the most trouble throwing
3/22/05


My biggest problem so far is knowing where the bus and the food room are.

- Jason Phillips
Showing off his impressive vocabulary
3/22/05


Can you believe that? I don't remember the last time I did that.

- Jason Phillips
On throwing out Juan Encarnacion trying to steal
3/22/05


I'm getting old. I don't know how many more years I can do this shit.

- Jeff Kent
To former teammate Livan Hernandez
(overheard at Holman Stadium)
3/20/05


Is it realistic if I get back and everything's healthy and get moving ahead with baseball activities that I could be ready for Opening Day? I could be.... Could I play with it now? Yeah. Is that where I want to start from?

- Jayson Werth
Apparently spending way too much time around Tracy
3/20/05


I'm always reluctant to deal off a Major League team [roster].

- Paul DePodesta
Perhaps forgetting about Lo Duca, Mota,
Roberts, Encarnacion, Martin, etc.
3/19/05


When you're a pitcher, the most important parts of your body are your arm and shoulder.

- Al Downing
Providing tremendous insight
3/19/05


Obviously, I love what I do. But there are definitely nights I go home, and I know I won't be doing this forever. That's for sure. Heck, there've been nights when I've wondered how I got here in the first place.

- Paul DePodesta
Proving that Dodger fans aren't alone
in their suspicion of PDP
3/18/05


We know what kind of pitcher he is.

- Jim Colborn
On Mike Venafro's worthlessness
3/18/05


*Could he play in the big leagues tomorrow and represent himself? Sure he could.

- Jim Tracy
Grilling himself on Russell Martin's readiness
3/17/05


I've still got a ways to go, but we're close.

- Jayson Werth
Contradicting himself in nine words
3/17/05


*Is it safe to say Scott Erickson is pushing his way toward a spot on this club? I'd say he's definitely headed in the right direction.

- Jim Tracy
Talking to himself in the bathroom
3/16/05


Um. Ah… you know, I guess I can say… uh… you know, I'll say I'm pulling for a few players and the coaching staff. And off the field, I'm pulling for, like, the trainers and the field personnel.

- Shawn Green
On his feelings toward the Dodgers
3/13/05


*When you talk about offense, do you have enough toward the bottom part of the lineup? If you're uneasy with that, are you forcing added responsibility onto a kid? ... What's in the best interest of the organization? What's in the best interest of the player?

- Jim Tracy
Asking more questions about Dioner Navarro than Thomas
Jefferson asked before agreeing to the Louisiana Purchase
3/12/05


I'm going to get more sleep and eat better. Last year, during the season, I went to bed late and I would sometimes stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning watching television. This year, no television in my bedroom.

- Cesar Izturis
Saving himself the agony of having to watch Dodger highlights
3/9/05


To put values on that numerically, I won't do that... I think it's safe to say that if health doesn't become an issue, 25 to 30 home runs isn't out of the realm of possibility.

- Jim Tracy
Completely contradicting himself
3/9/05


I want to be a role model. That's important to me.

- Milton Bradley
Trying to lighten the mood
3/9/05



*The starting pitching has improved. Offensively, are we better? That remains to be seen. Does it have the potential to be better? Yes, it does. But will it be? It's not fair to compare today what a group of guys did a year ago that was very, very special.

- Jim Tracy
Playing Twenty Questions with himself
3/6/05


You saw yards of improvement today. It grabs your attention.

- Jim Tracy
Telling reporters what they saw
3/6/05


One of the strongest pairs of hands I've ever seen—Boog Powell.

- Rick Monday
Dropping a hint to Charley Steiner
3/5/05


*More than likely, he'll play. Will he start? I don't think so tomorrow. Will he be involved? Yes, there's a very good chance.

- Jim Tracy
Questioning himself about Nakamura
3/4/05


Now it's time to do a little bit better. Does that stress me out? Not one bit. Do I have to try harder? Not at all.

- Scott Erickson
Trying to impress Jim Tracy with his
own self-interviewing skills
3/3/05


Werth's arm will not be placed in a cast or splint.... He will be allowed to participate in all exercises except catching and batting.

- Ken Gurnick (mlb.com)
On how Jayson Werth pretty much can't do shit
3/3/05


This won't happen every day, but it's good to make a good first impression.

- Ricky Ledee
Explaining that his home run was a fluke
3/2/05


I'm more comfortable in center field; he [J.D. Drew] doesn't want me to be uncomfortable. If he can play right field without aggravating his knee, that would be great. But if his knee is acting up, he'll let me know and he can shift over for a couple of weeks.

- Milton Bradley
Announcing that he's the center fielder
(even though it is yet to be determined)
2/27/05


I'm also a stickler for cohesiveness to deal with adversity. Everyone in the group must realize if anybody jumps out of the boat or strays from the track, we can't make it happen... We want to take it two more rungs up the ladder.

- Jim Tracy
Not beating around the bush
2/24/05


I hear Scott Erickson is looking good.

- Wilson Alvarez
Announcing that Lisa Guerrero has competition
2/22/05


I don't make the decisions. If I did, a lot of things would be different.

- Milton Bradley
On how he'd make it legal to run from the cops
2/22/05


I talked to the owner, and he said they've tried to get me since the Kevin Brown trade.

- Dioner Navarro
Forgetting his boss' name while also calling him a liar,
since McCourt wasn't the owner at the time of the Brown trade
2/21/05


We won a game last year when Giovanni Carrara stabbed a come-backer, and he attributed it to the rag-ball drill he did during spring training.

- Jim Tracy
Forgetting that Carrara wasn't in
spring training with the Dodgers last year
2/21/05


*Is there a clear-cut favorite for the [fifth] spot? No. I go in with an open mind.

- Jim Tracy
Asking himself the first question of the spring
2/19/05


People can say whatever they want. It's a free country. All I can say is look at my body.

- Wilson Alvarez
On Canseco's claim that he injected
Alvarez with steroids a few years ago
2/18/05


It's going to be weird walking into that clubhouse in spring training and not seeing all those guys.

- Eric Gagne
Expressing his disappointment that the Dodgers will no longer be
providing Chipendale's dancers in the Vero Beach clubhouse
2/17/05


Maybe people misinterpret our expectations. He doesn't need to be spectacular.

- Paul DePodesta
Already lowering his expectations for Hee-Seop Choi
2/11/05


*It might depend on how many times you're going to need a fifth starter early on. That being said, is it more (beneficial) to the club to have that guy available out of the bullpen and not have to worry about a fifth starter?

- Jim Tracy
Brushing up on his self-interviewing skills
1/27/05


Having him in the bullpen makes both the bullpen and the rotation better.

- Jim Tracy
Insulting Wilson Alvarez by saying the
rotation is better without him
1/27/05


Pitching-wise, you definitely feel better today than you did prior to going into a divisional series.

- Jim Tracy
Telling reporters how they should feel
about the Dodgers' pitching staff
1/11/05


 

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