Dusty Baker Quotes

- Everyone has a budget, I don’t care who you are. But they said if we are in a pennant race in the middle of the summer they are going to get some help with added payroll.

- I think we match up with anybody because our pitching. In a short series you run your big three out there or four out there. That generally is what wins a series – pitching and defense. If we can catch the ball and not give away any runs like we do sometimes.

- Let them police themselves, and then it goes another step past them to my coaches and there a coach that is responsible for a different area and different category on the field.

- So I let them be responsible for there particular areas. Then by the time it gets to me that means that there is a problem. I have my eyes open and I need to know something about every department but you don’t want to micro manage any particular department.

- You can tell your uncle stuff that you could not tell your dad. That is kind of the role of an uncle. I feel very much like a father sometimes but sometimes I feel like a teammate.

- You can tell your uncle stuff that you could not tell your dad. That is kind of the role of an uncle. I feel very much like a father sometimes but sometimes I feel like a teammate.

- Now with as much parity as there is now if you gain a couple of key players and remain healthy you can go from worst to first now.

- It’s too early for me [to give up on the season],

- I just hope my army is sharp.

- First I have to see him out of the bullpen. I do know Ryan Dempster is my closer.

- I’ve never seen anything like that.

- Our greatest cause of concern would be day-after-night games,

- It could be anything, … Preferably, it’s a six-inning arm, but we don’t know. It could be a couple of innings.

- I’ve got a year and some change (remaining) on my contract. I’ve never not honored a contract in my entire life. I didn’t sign here for four years to be thinking about going somewhere else.

- It was hard real hard. Rem was great about it. He’s a real pro.

- They found every hole. We helped them with a couple of errors, and we weren’t doing it offensively.

- He did his part in all ways. He pitched great, he made some great fielding plays, he stole a base, he got our first hit. He did everything he could to put us in position to win.

- New York hasn’t been too good to us. It hasn’t been too good to a lot of people.

- He’s had that from time to time. That’s the first time he’s had it this year, but when a guy comes to you and says his back is really tight, you can’t leave him in there. It’s just unfortunate that it happened tonight at the end of this trip, a bad road trip.

- We couldn’t get the ball down today. The ball was up and the location wasn’t where he wanted it. Power hitters — when you get the ball up and over the heart of the plate — you’re going to get hurt.

- He said he could go one more. But you could see he was laboring out there, throwing the ball high,

- You hate to have a guy have back problems, then he starts changing his arm angle and compensating for it and you end up hurting something else. His teammates, they really convinced me he had had enough.

- The guy can pitch, but we had an opportunity to beat him today, just like we had an opportunity to beat him in St. Louis and he gets off the hook. He wasn’t sharp early, he hung some breaking balls we hit hard, but we didn’t find any holes.

- We’re going through a real tough stretch now. We’ve got to find a way against two tough pitchers the next couple of days to try and get out of this.

- Certain kids stick out, … And when I saw Adam in spring training, I liked his attitude, his work ethic. He busts his butt.

- Besides, … I knew his family had come down to see him, and I wanted to get him in the game.

- A big blow to us.

- We have to take a chance, especially since Corey (Patterson) isn’t going too good right now.

- When you first come up, you want to get some hits,

- They police themselves, but they don’t police themselves the way we used to police ourselves.

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