"Scouts in New Orleans this week were so impressed with the way [New Orleans] Zephyrs manager Tony Peña threw batting practice that they pulled out their radar guns. A consistent 88 mph. 'I don't think there's been a bad day in his life,' said one scout who considers Peña prime major-league managerial timber." -- Peter Gammons, in a May 13, 2001, column, ESPN.com
GH: Peña used to be a catcher, but if he can get it up to the plate at 88 miles an hour, the next time he heads to the mound, maybe he should stay there.
"You look for your fraternity of catchers, and you want to see them do well [as managers]. Because perhaps in the future, it bodes well for you." -- Mike Macfarlane, former Royals catcher, when asked if the Peña hire was a good decision for the Royals, Metro Sports
GH: Who knew Mac was thinking about managing in the bigs? Put him on your short list for future consideration.
"Of course [Peña] is smiling! How is he gonna suck worse than what we had before? He's gonna look good no matter what!" -- Johnny Dare, KQRC 98.9
"I have this recurring nightmare that the Royals are going to make the worst possible decision. And that's Tony Peña." -- Judd Choate, Topeka Capital-Journal columnist, the day before Peña was named the Royals' new manager, 810 WHB
"If [the Major League Baseball players] strike, they may as well put a dome on the K, fill it with corn and call it a silo." -- Frank Boal, 810
"There should be a constitutional amendment that says if you make it home, all bets are off. I don't care if you're weaving in traffic, whatever. All bets are off if you make it home. That's always worked for me. [David Boston] made it home. That's all that counts." -- Jason Whitlock, on Boston, the Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals who was arrested for having cocaine and marijuana in his system after a concerned citizen saw him driving erratically, followed him home and called police, 810
GH: What a strange message for the spokesperson of the Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Kansas City to deliver during prom and graduation season.