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Quotations, Toronto Star, October 1992

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Toronto Blue Jays Quotations, Toronto Star, October 1992

 

"It's fun to the fans, but to the players it can be more of a nerve-wracking thing." - Devon White, on the pennant race (quoted by Tom Slater), Toronto Star, Oct 1 1992

 

"For a big-league ballplayer, Tom Henke is about as close to common folks as you will find in a clubhouse.

"He's the salt-of-the-earth kind. So is his wife and the rest of his family. Good people, all. He doesn't need a garage full of Mercedes to be happy." - Dave Perkins, Toronto Star, Oct 1 1992

 

"To not bring Henke back requires a conscious act of team dismantling that will not play well with the fans, no matter what happens on the field this month." - Dave Perkins, Toronto Star, Oct 1 1992

 

"Alfredo is the ultimate team player. He's full of enthusiasm and he genuinely cares about winning." - first base coach Bob Bailor on Alfredo Griffin (quoted by Tom Slater), Toronto Star, Oct 2 1992

 

"Griffin is no work of art while swinging the bat - Griff the Slasher might be the best description.

"But somehow a whole bunch of ugly little bloops, gorks, duck snorts and bleeders have found their way to the outfield." - Tom Slater, Toronto Star, Oct 2 1992

 

"Milwaukee's Magic Number - 911." - sign at SkyDome, as Jays clinch at least a tie (quoted by Allan Ryan), Toronto Star, Oct 3 1992

 

"That's the kind of pitcher he is. You score him a lot of runs, he'll give up his runs. Don't score him any runs, he won't give you any." - Sparky Anderson on Jack Morris (quoted by Allan Ryan), Toronto Star, Oct 3 1992

 

"The only regret I have is that I wish I was five or six or ten years younger so I could play with these guys for a long, long time." - Dave Winfield (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 4 1992

 

"Choke on this. And boo-hoo to the Brew Crew." - Rosie DiManno, after the Jays clinched the AL East, Toronto Star, Oct 4 1992

 

"Wow. A whole city acknowledges my birthday... That's more acknowledgement than I've had for any other birthday in my life. It's great, I love sharing it with Toronto. I love sharing it with Canada." - Dave Winfield, after the SkyDome began singing "Happy Birthday To You" on his 41st birthday (quoted by Dave Perkins), Toronto Star, Oct 4 1992

 

"Tampa Bay Buccaneers all the way." - Derek Bell, screaming to the fans during the AL East clinching celebrations (quoted by Tom Slater/Allan Ryan), Toronto Star, Oct 4 1992

 

"But Stieb is, in a curious sense, a romantic: a deeply flawed hero who was hard to love and even more difficult to comprehend. He conducted himself like a man who had secrets. And demons. He was a Greek tragedy in the middle of a diamond." - Rosie DiManno, Toronto Star, Oct 5 1992

 

"It's bothered me a little bit the last month; not being one of the guys who's being counted on. I've always been counted on around here." - Jimmy Key (quoted by Jim Byers), Toronto Star, Oct 5 1992

 

"The absolute best part of the baseball year, though, was probably a season-long treat: it was watching Dave Winfield playing like a kid all season, bringing genuine enthusiasm and an obvious love for the game to the ballpark every day." - Dave Perkins, Toronto Star, Oct 5 1992

 

"Well, we spit sunflower seed shells to see who can hit the outfielder." - Tom Henke, on bullpen pastimes (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 5 1992

 

"Some people think ballplayers make all that money and they don't really care whether they win or lose. But I want to win so bad, sometimes I can't stand it." - Tom Henke (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 5 1992

 

"'We were in two boats and I bet we must have caught about 300 fish in each one. You could drop your line over the edge of the boat and they'd fight to get hooked.'

"Not that there's any evidence of this gargantuan haul of bass. 'Nah, we always throw the fish back, never keep 'em.

"'What, you don't believe me?'" - Rosie DiManno, quoting Tom Henke's leading a fishing expedition of Jays, Toronto Star, Oct 5 1992

 

"He didn't dog it once on the field. In this day and age, that's remarkable for any player, much less a player in baseball's old-age bracket." - Dave Perkins on Dave Winfield, Toronto Star, Oct 5 1992

 

"We know all about him as a hard-nosed pitcher. But there are a lot of people inside Jack Morris, the man: athlete, scoundrel, philanthropist, rake, sassy-tongued devil, sly interview, leader, loner." - Rosie DiManno, Toronto Star, Oct 6 1992

 

"Sure they'd better get one step up the ladder this time and at least reach the World Series. Otherwise, fans will get so disgusted that the Blue Jays will draw only about 3.7 million next year." - Dave Perkins, Toronto Star, Oct 6 1992

 

"As a group this season, the Jays have talked about 'going all the way' more often than a lovestruck teenager." - Dave Perkins, Toronto Star, Oct 6 1992

 

"Go ahead and call me a mercenary. I don't care. I'm a paid athlete in a short career. I will do the very best I can for whomever is paying me. It's not sick and it's not disloyal. Besides, loyalty is not one-sided. I would never have left Detroit if they had treated me properly." - Jack Morris (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 6 1992

 

"The pitch to McGwire was a fast ball. The one to Steinbach was a forkball. The one to Baines was a slider.

"The only one I didn't throw for a home run was a change-up." - Jack Morris, on Game 1 of the ALCS (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 8 1992

 

"Baseball was harder, this was nothing." - Damaso Garcia, on battling a malignant brain tumour (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 8 1992

 

"I wonder, though, if Gaston really wants to return as manager, win, lose or fall down. He acts as if he's fed up, and no one could blame him if he is..." - Dave Perkins, Toronto Star, Oct 10 1992

 

"He'd be out there and he knew he was going to throw it and you knew he was going to throw it and he knew you knew. But you'd never get it." - Rickey Henderson on Dave Stieb's slider, Toronto Star, Oct 10 1992

 

"Cito had faith in me when a lot of people wanted me out of there. So I can tell you it's giving me great satisfaction to do a few things for this club at an important time." - Candy Maldonado (quoted by Jim Proudfoot), Toronto Star, Oct 11 1992

 

"If there's anything the key Jays don't need, it's a back-slapping jackass at the controls. Gaston is the boss everyone would like to have, treating his workers as professionals and allowing them to do their jobs." - Frank Orr, Toronto Star, Oct 11 1992

 

"The best part was that we knocked Eck's butt off." - Jack Morris, on the come-from-behind win in Game 4 of the ALCS (quoted by Allan Ryan), Toronto Star, Oct 12 1992

 

"Take a Valium, Toronto." - Rosie DiManno, after the Jays lost Game 5 of the ALCS, Toronto Star, Oct 13 1992

 

"My arm felt different out there, but it feels different every day. That's the starting pitcher's dilemma and he has to deal with it." - David Cone, on losing Game 5 of the ALCS, Toronto Star, Oct 13 1992

 

"Let (Devon) White try to make a living getting base hits off Dennis Eckersley and he'll be carrying a lunch pail." - Tony La Russa, Toronto Star, Oct 13 1992

 

"We reviewed the situation at the end of the season and, in the end, I decided that baseball has such a high priority with us that we wanted a distinctive CBC presence." - Alan Clark, head of CBC TV sports, on why Don Chevrier was replaced by Brian Williams as play-by-play announcer (quoted by Ken McKee), Toronto Star, Oct 13 1992

 

"This is a notoriously dangerous, semi-deserted city of which the best feature is a neat and efficient airport." - Jim Proudfoot on Oakland, Toronto Star, Oct 14 1992

 

"I used to be like that but I learned." - Jack Morris, on Dennis Eckersley's pumping his fist and staring Ed Sprague back to the dugout in Game 4 of the ALCS, Toronto Star, Oct 14 1992

 

"This time.

"For the first time.

"Because it was time." - Rosie DiManno, on the Jays winning the ALCS, Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"So this is what it's like. This is what happens when, well, nothing bad happens." - Rosie DiManno, on the Jays winning the ALCS, Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"I don't feel guilty. Bob Rae is doing the same thing." - school principal Bob Williams on playing hookey from school to see the Jays, Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"This means a whole lot to this city and to Canada. The fans deserve it. I'm sure they're celebrating across this whole country right now, just the way we're celebrating in this clubhouse." - Dave Stieb, on winning the ALCS (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"I'll toast everybody tonight. Jesse, Lloyd, even George. All the guys who deserved to be here. They put so much into this organization." - Tom Henke, on winning the ALCS (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"If we win the World Series, then I promise you'll see one jubilant person." - a drained Pat Borders, after the ALCS win (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"Get out of here." - Rickey Henderson, after Oakland lost to the Jays in the ALCS, Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"Later, when it was all over, when the champagne had stopped flowing and the fans had finally vacated the premises, one Blue Jay reappeared on the field. He walked to the bullpen, picked up a ball and started throwing.

"Jack Morris.

"Taking care of business." - Rosie DiManno on the ALCS win, Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"I said he was the boss in both English and Spanish, so he would understand." - Cito Gaston to Juan Guzman before Game 6 of the ALCS (quoted by Tom Slater), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"I told them to hop on because I've been riding their backs and it was time for them to ride mine." - Joe Carter, on hitting a first-inning home run in Game 6 of the ALCS (quoted by Tom Slater), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"Dave Stieb just struck out Jim Sundberg... Bill Madlock got picked off first base... Ernie Whitt threw out Rickey Henderson trying to steal, gunned him down so easily that Rickey didn't even slide... Tom Candiotti lost his stage fright and even threw his knuckleball.

"Actually, the history from disappointments in 1985, '87, '89 and '91 didn't just change for the Toronto Blue Jays.

"It simply became irrelevant.

"So long, Blow Jays. Don't let the door hit your backsides on the way out." - Dave Perkins, on the Jays winning the ALCS, Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"The Jays never played scared, never showed any signs of quit. They were the better team going into this series and the better team coming out of it. No doubt about it." - Dave Perkins on the ALCS, Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"We're keenly aware that we don't represent just a city. We represent an entire country." - Dave Winfield (quoted by Jim Proudfoot), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"So yes, we really do understand that we're Canada's team. We realize this is something very important in this country." - Kelly Gruber (quoted by Jim Proudfoot), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"People are going to come to Toronto for the series and the biggest audience ever is going to see it on television, and they're all going to fall in love with the city." - Cito Gaston on the World Series (quoted by Jim Proudfoot), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"If you hadn't brought it up, I wouldn't have even thought of it." - Cito Gaston, on being the first black manager in the World Series (quoted by Jim Proudfoot), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"People will get a chance to see what a first-class country Canada is and what a first-class city Toronto is. These are great fans here in Toronto. They totally fill the SkyDome for every game and the best way we can repay them is to bring home the World Series." - Joe Carter (quoted by Jim Proudfoot), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"I love Cito Gaston." - Roberto Alomar (quoted by Jim Proudfoot), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"The sincere feeling is that a picture of Robbie Alomar holding the trophy that recognizes him as the most valuable player of the American League playoffs is one that will be seen again, in one form or another, over the next dozen years." - Tom Slater, Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"I can't be the prime minister. Robbie (Alomar) may have that locked up. Is there a vice-prime minister?" - Joe Carter, on fan reaction to the ALCS win (quoted by Allan Ryan), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"Even though it's one day old, the Blue Jays' brand of baseball history is as fresh as if it had been made today. And 100 years from now, it will be as fresh as if it had been made tomorrow. This is one bit of baseball lore that time simply will not tarnish or corrode." - Milt Dunnell on the ALCS win, Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"You'll have to kill me not to start me." - Jack Morris, when asked whether he was to start Game 1 of the World Series (quoted by Tom Slater), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"From the Dominican Republic to Toronto, 60 feet six inches at a time." - text of ad featuring Juan Guzman (quoted by Allan Ryan), Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"Cito's always been in first place, always expected to win. The pressure is on him from Day One and I feel good for him. This should get people off his back." - Joe Carter, on the ALCS win, Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"He definitely stayed with me when I wasn't going well, last year and even this year early. That's a boost and makes you want to win it for him." - John Olerud on Cito Gaston, Toronto Star, Oct 15 1992

 

"What in the name of mom, apple pie and the Babe is going on here?" - USA Today story after the Jays won the ALCS (quoted by Nicolaas van Rijn), Toronto Star, Oct 16 1992

 

"They have adopted, with enthusiasm, Toronto as their home, and they're eager to let the world know about it. Metro couldn't have better ambassadors than that." - Bill Duron, president of the Metropolitan Toronto Convention and Visitors Association, on the Jays (quoted by Nicolaas van Rijn), Toronto Star, Oct 16 1992

 

"Furthermore, let's not forget that the Jays represent Toronto. And we all know how T.O. is lustily loathed beyond our city limits. In fact, it sometimes seems that the only thing holding this country together is the national antipathy for Toronto. That is a genuine Canadian common denominator. And so it is fitting that the Jays are equally disdained around the professional baseball circuit, because of their traditionally arrogant ways and their propensity for stealing ballplayers by flashing the big bucks. They are, curiously, a reflection of us." - Rosie DiManno, Toronto Star, Oct 16 1992

 

"At North York's McKee elementary school, 'Okay Blue Jays' replaced 'O Canada' on the public address system Thursday morning after the Jays won the American League pennant." - Susan Walker, Toronto Star, Oct 17 1992

 

"Well, they're gonna lose." - Roberto Alomar, on the Braves' chances in the World Series (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 17 1992

 

"This is not, despite some of the things being said and written, a battle of two countries, not a test of which is the better place to live. We already know the answer to that one. Don't we?" - Dave Perkins on the 1992 World Series, Toronto Star, Oct 17 1992

 

"I just hope they use the same philosophy as when I played - only swing at fastballs. Anything spinning, let it go." - hitting coach Larry Hisle, on the pitchers getting to hit in the World Series (quoted by Tom Slater), Toronto Star, Oct 17 1992

 

"Anybody who doesn't have a feeling of dread just isn't in touch." - Dr. Ted Boadway, Ontario Medical Association spokesman, on the World Series (quoted by Moira Walsh), Toronto Star, Oct 18 1992

 

"If I can get out of there without hurting myself, that'll be an accomplishment." - Tom Henke on taking batting practice for the World Series (quoted by Tom Slater), Toronto Star, Oct 17 1992

 

"Message to Toronto: This is OUR game!" - Atlanta Journal and Constitution headline before Game 1 of the World Series (AP), Toronto Star, Oct 18 1992

 

"Surely they can't believe that folks in Quebec or Edmonton or Vancouver are cheering for anything representing Hogtown and happiness to folks in those areas will be a sweep by the Braves." - Frank Orr, on the World Series, Toronto Star, Oct 18 1992

 

"Major League Baseball apologizes to the people of Canada and to all baseball fans for the unintentional improper display of the Canadian Flag during the National Anthems prior to the start of tonight's World Series game." - statement issued during Game 1 of the Series, after the Canadian flag was held upside down by the Marines (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 19 1992

 

"You'll be aware of this young man for a long time." - Cito Gaston on Ed Sprague, after his pinch-hit home run in Game 2 (quoted by Tom Slater), Toronto Star, Oct 19 1992

 

"Once he was appointed manager, Jimy never seemed capable of relaxing. He appeared to be wound up as tightly as the old schoolhouse clock." - Milt Dunnell, Toronto Star, Oct 19 1992

 

"In any good dictionary, under professional athlete, you'll find a picture of Mulliniks." - Jim Proudfoot, Toronto Star, Oct 20 1992

 

"(They'd) call out a name like, 'Hey, Winfield' and we'd turn around and the guy would say something like 'How ya doin'?' We're not used to that. It was very pleasant." - Devon White on the Atlanta fans (quoted by Allan Ryan), Toronto Star, Oct 20 1992

 

"America invented baseball. Toronto improved it." - sign at SkyDome during Game 3 of the World Series (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 21 1992

 

"Yes sir... no sir... we'll take whatever's coming to us, sir." - the Marine who held the Canadian flag upside down before Game 1 of the World Series in Atlanta (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 20 1992

 

"I'd be surprised to hear any boos tomorrow... before my first at-bat." - Kelly Gruber, after hitting a home run in Game 3 (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 21 1992

 

"About two out of every five Canadians - a record 10.7 million - tuned in to some part of Sunday night's World Series between the Blue Jays and Braves in Atlanta." - Ken McKee, Toronto Star, Oct 21 1992

 

"There's no wind out there. I know where the ball is pretty much gonna go. I've practiced that, so I'm pretty much confident that I can take my eye off the ball and still know where it's gonna go." - Devon White on his Game 3 catch in the World Series (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 21 1992

 

"I pointed to my mother. I was looking for my wife and I couldn't see her. I pointed to Anne Murray." - Kelly Gruber, after his home run in Game 3 (quoted by Neil MacCarl), Toronto Star, Oct 21 1992

 

"I'm going to get a committee together to tar and feather Jack Morris and run him out of Toronto." - fan Ben Radojowski, after Lonnie Smith's grand slam in Game 5 (quoted by Dale Brazao and Moira Welsh), Toronto Star, Oct 23 1992

 

"If I accepted every boo as meaning 'Jack, it's time to leave,' I would have been gone 16 or 17 years ago. Maybe before that. I think my sister booed me once in Little League." - Jack Morris, after giving up a grand slam in Game 5 of the World Series (quoted by Allan Ryan), Toronto Star, Oct 23 1992

 

"Two National League umpires called the Pantages theatre last night to cancel their tickets for Phantom of the Opera. Under new rules, if it's an important play, National League umpires have to miss it." - CHUM-FM's Roger Ashby, on the umpiring in the World Series (quoted from Star files), Toronto Star, Oct 23 1992

 

"O Canada! O joy! Oh boy oh boy oh boy.

"Boys of summer. Boys of autumn. Boys of the long cold winter nights, which will be warmer and sweeter now.

"The Toronto Blue Jays have won the World Series. The Toronto Blue Jays have won the World Series. The Toronto Blue Jays have won the World Series." - Rosie DiManno, Toronto Star, Oct 25 1992

 

"What counts is that... we took the Yanks on at the sport they're proudest of - and trounced the bejabbers out of them." - Jim Proudfoot, Toronto Star, Oct 25 1992

 

"The saga of the 1992 Blue Jays, beginning last February and concluding on alien turf last night, proved that the country can still unite under sufficiently compelling circumstances." - Jim Proudfoot, Toronto Star, Oct 25 1992

 

"Toronto Blue Jays: World Series champions.

"Bite off as much of that delicious sentence as you like and chew it.

"Roll it around your tongue a little bit. It sounds pretty good, doesn't it?" - Dave Perkins, Toronto Star, Oct 25 1992

 

"I dreamt and dreamt of this day, this situation. I always wanted to be in it.

"Tonight, I came through, just like I always came through in my dreams." - Mike Timlin, on his save in the final game of the World Series (quoted by Dave Perkins), Toronto Star, Oct 25 1992

 

"I boosted the (TV) ratings again." - Tom Henke, on his blown save in Game 6 of the World Series (quoted by Dave Perkins), Toronto Star, Oct 25 1992

 

"Yeah, okay, this is a collection of mostly Yanks with a few Dominicans, Puerto Ricans and one native-born Jamaican thrown in to the mix. But you know something? I think they've got a little Canadian in them, too." - Rosie DiManno, Toronto Star, Oct 26 1992

 

"All year he's been talked about and dragged through the mud. He deserved this more than anyone else.

"When I came (to Toronto), he showed me the kind of respect all players want. He's a friend before he's a manager. The whole organization is like that. It's five years ahead of any other organization in baseball." - Devon White on Cito and the Jays (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 26 1992

 

"I'm so happy, I'm crying." - Harvey Trivett, president of the Blue Jays Fan Club, on the World Series win (quoted by Nicolaas van Rijn), Toronto Star, Oct 26 1992

 

"Toronto was exposed to baseball eminence on a daily basis. It rubbed off on everybody; the man improves everybody around him." - Jim Proudfoot on Dave Winfield, Toronto Star, Oct 26 1992

 

"At his age, Winfield would represent an enormous gamble for another organization in an era of shrinking budgets. The BJs are in a different position, though. If they were to lose Winfield now, the populace wouldn't burn Pat Gillick and Paul Beeston in effigy. They'd go for the real thing." - Jim Proudfoot, Toronto Star, Oct 26 1992

 

"53 years in baseball and I finally get a World Series ring." - pitching coach Al Widmar, on the 1992 World Series win (quoted by Dave Perkins), Toronto Star, Oct 26 1992

 

"A kind, sweet, gentle man.

"One of the few ballplayers I've ever seen buy reporters a round of drinks." - Rosie DiManno on Pat Borders, Toronto Star, Oct 26 1992

 

"Yesterday's was a triumph of young people astonished with the wings their exultation gave them. For this, Canada should revel today; revel in our children, in all their colours, in their din, in the life bursting from them in their beauty." - Slinger, on the fans watching the victory parade, Toronto Star, Oct 27 1992

 

"I'm going to wait to thank my wife when I got home tonight." - Todd Stottlemyre, at the victory parade (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 27 1992

 

"It was like I was hitchhiking on the side of the road and I got a ride to the World Series.

"It may be true that we're all Americans or Latin Americans on this stage. But we still feel the pride of Canada. We see the flags. You don't have to be Canadian to feel that pride.

"Don't ever change." - David Cone, at the victory parade (quoted by Rosie DiManno), Toronto Star, Oct 27 1992

 

"I'll take whatever you give me if it will help keep Tom Henke around here." - Todd Stottlemyre after the 1992 season (quoted by Dave Perkins), Toronto Star, Oct 27 1992

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