The Baseball Desert

Sunday, September 05, 2004

"What can Brown do for you?"

Not a question the Yankees must be asking right now, since Kevin Brown can do nothing for them for at least three weeks. Without wanting to state the blindingly obvious, neither the Yankees nor their fans are happy about Brown's stupidity. David Pinto also brings together the best quotes on the incident.

Gary Sheffield is feeling bad for Brown:
"You just hope anybody can control their emotions. Sometimes your emotions get the best of you. Hopefully, if you’re going to harm yourself, it’s not going to harm the team. He’s probably the most competitive guy I’ve ever played with. He cares about his performance and how the team does. And he takes it all on his shoulders when he doesn’t have to. In this situation, I’m sure he didn’t want to hurt the team. He’s probably feeling worse than anybody.” (Newsday)
Mike Mussina doesn't really understand, but is too polite to diss his teammate:
"I think we’ve all been frustrated about stuff," Mussina said. "We’ve all been upset. We’ve all said stuff. But to physically do something to cause injury to yourself, I don’t relate to that." (N.Y. Times)
The best quote, however, came from Joe Torre, who showed his legendary calm and tact whilst basically saying that Brown was a total knucklehead:

"For certain I’m happy it’s the left and not the right. But the thing that bothered me is the fact that he thought enough to throw the left and not the right. I wish he would have thought a little bit more on that subject." (Newsday)