"I find it interesting that a guy can set up his financial picture for life based on just his success in college or high school. Do they deserve that? No, they don't deserve that. They should have to work their way to the big leagues like everybody else, not by where they got drafted. That is an issue that a lot of guys have problems with." -- Joe Randa, on the large signing bonuses paid to top draft picks nowadays, WHB 810
GH: I find it interesting that a guy like Randa is making $2.3 million for nine months' work this year while hitting .246 for a last-place team ... and this guy is bitching about rookies' making too much money? How I wish every Major League Baseball player would have to spend one summer working the night shift at the Ford plant hanging tires on F-150s.
"I've got my finger on the button. We're not going to beat anybody up in here today, Joe. So I'm going to try and protect you." -- Kevin Kietzman, during a live interview with Randa, 810
GH: If Randa can't handle the tough questions from Royals fans, don't have the guy on your show. Who is protecting the fans who pay money to watch Randa and his mates stink up Kauffman Stadium?
"Anyone who doesn't think this Royals team is legitimate doesn't know a damn thing about baseball." -- Steven St. John, from spring training in March, 810
"Sometimes I wish I were different. Sometimes, after losses like this, I wish I could put it away and live my life. But I can't. Baseball is my life. It's sad, but it's more important to me than my family. It's more important to me than my friends. It's more important to me than eating. I'm not saying that's right. It's not right. It's shallow. But this is who I am."
-- Allard Baird, The Kansas City Star GH: This is beyond sad. If anybody catches Baird taking massive hits of smelling salts, please lock his office door and send him home.
"At Yankee Stadium, a fan grabs a home-run ball and holds it aloft in triumph, exposing a gun in a holster strapped to his pants. At no other stadium in baseball do you find fans of that caliber." -- Scott Ostler, columnist, San Francisco Chronicle