They Said It
Think of the people quoted here as the spiritual descendants of Yogi Berra, imparting precious pearls of wisdom
CASEY STENGEL, 1966
"Best thing wrong with Jack Fisher is nothing."
BOB VEALE, 1966
"Good pitching always stops good hitting, and vice versa."
FREDDIE PATEK, 1971
"A heckuva lot better than being the shortest player in the minor leagues."
BILLY TUBBS, 1979
"This year we plan to run and shoot. Next season we
DAN QUISENBERRY, 1980
"The batter still hits a grounder. But in this case the first bounce is 360 feet away."
JOHN MCKAY, 1980
"I think it's a good idea."
BEANO COOK, 1981
"Haven't they suffered enough?"
ROCKY BRIDGES, 1985
"I prefer fast food."
PAT WILLIAMS, 1985
"Charles joined my family for a day at the beach last summer, and my children asked if they could go in the ocean. I had to tell them, 'Not right now, kids. Charles is using it.'"
MAGIC JOHNSON, 1986
"It's almost like we have ESPN."
BETSY CRONKITE, 1986
"He's more likely to die on a 16-foot yacht with a 60-year-old mistress."
STEVE LARGENT, 1987
"Probably the Beatles' White Album."
CALDWELL JONES, 1987
BUM PHILLIPS, 1988
"I ain't doing a damn thing, and I don't start until noon."
ANDRE AGASSI, 1990
"I've only scratched the iceberg."
TORRIN POLK, 1991
"He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings."
CRAIG STADLER, 1991
"More." VIN SCULLY, 1991
"Andre Dawson has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day.... Aren't we all?"
JEFF INNIS, 1991
"That picture was taken out of context."
ELDEN CAMPBELL, 1991
"No, but they gave me one anyway."
BILL BELICHICK, 1992
"I don't think there's anybody in this organization not focused on the 49ers ... I mean Chargers."
JOE THEISMANN, 1992
"The word genius isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
SAMMY LILLY, 1992
"I'm thrilled about this. I'm glowing right now."
MIKE FLANAGAN, 1992
"You know you're having a bad day when the fifth inning rolls around and they drag the warning track."
LENNY DYKSTRA, 1992
"Great trade! Who did we get?"
KEN GRIFFEY JR., 1994
"We picked a bad year to have a good year."
BROTHER RAY PAGE, 1994
"He once asked me if Beirut was named after that famous baseball player who hit home runs."
ROGER MCDOWELL, 1994
"I have to go to all the places he can't, to make sure he isn't there."
PETE CARRIL, 1995
"He has the shooting range. What he doesn't have is the making range."
STEVE BLASS, 1995
"He should have been better, pitching on 3,195 days' rest."
JIM FASSEL, 2002
"In my opinion, if we are going to have a good season, we have to put together more back-to-back wins."
BRAD MILLER, 2003
"It's not going to be peaches and gravy all the time."
BARRY LARKIN, 2003
"We've decided to take a wait-and-see approach -- mostly wait, because we don't know who to see."
JEROME JAMES, 2003
"I don't have the first clue who he is talking about, because all I worry about is Jerome."
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, 2003
"I like to know whether I don't need to do anything stupid or whether I need to try to do something stupid."
JOHN AMAECHI, 2003
"That's part of the challenge of being a professional athlete."
Issue date: September 27, 2004