“I have to sit there and watch. You see the way they play! It’s pretty bad. Are they embarrassed about the way they play? I hope [so] because I am. It’s 40-something degrees, and people can’t pay to come out and watch this game and they are freezing their [butts] off watching this game. They should be embarrassed to the fans. If they don’t want to be here they can talk to [general manager] Kenny [Williams] or [assistant GM] Rick [Hahn]. If they don’t think they can win here, that’s easy. My door is open. Let me know pretty soon before it’s too late. We might do something about it.”
“There’s a lot of way you can talk to your players. You can pep talk them. You can do a lot of things. But if they don’t believe that we believe in them they are wrong. It’s one thing if the manager believes he has a good ballclub. [It’s another] if the players believe they are good. I don’t think they believe they are good. To me it’s getting old, very old. I know it’s my job but to me I’m getting tired, mentally tired of watching the same baseball game day in and day out. How many games have we played? Sixteen games? I feel we have already gone through the [expletive] All-Star break. That’s how I feel about this ballclub right now.”
No Ozzie. These are the players you requested. You wanted Juan Pierre, Mark Kotsay and ran Jim Thome out of town. Look on the fuckin’ mirror.