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Finley entertained and enraged
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Quotes by Charles Finley
Quotes by Finley
"If a manager of mine ever said someone was indispensable, I'd fire him."
"Prospects are a dime a dozen."
"I always wanted to be a player, but I never had the talent to make the big leagues. So I did the next best thing: I bought a team."
"I've never seen so many damned idiots as the owners in sport. Baseball's headed for extinction if we don't do something. Defense dominates everything. Pitching is 75 % of the game, and that is why it's so dull. How many times have you seen a fan napping in the middle of a football or basketball game? Hell, in baseball people nap all the time. Only one word explains why baseball hasn't changed: stupidity! The owners don't want to rock the boat."
"So you won twenty games? Why didn't you win thirty?"
"Thank God our fans show more interest than some of our players. If they showed as little interest, they'd all leave before the game was over."
"The day Custer lost at the Little Big Horn, the Chicago White Sox beat the Cincinnati Red Legs, 3-2. Both teams wore Knickers. And they're still wearin' 'em today." -Quoted by Tom Boswell in the Washington Post, September 5, 1982, who said that Finley made the point "when hawking his novel notions, such as the orange baseball or double-knit uniform..."
"There's an old saying that pigs get fat and hogs go to market. Well, some of the players these days aren't even pigs or hogs--they're gluttons. We have to keep salaries within reason. If we just rolled over and gave them what they wanted, we'd price ourselves out of business."
"The man is literally driving me out of baseball financially. I've been at it for 18 years and I'd love to stay in the game. But by not allowing me to sell Vida Blue, he's depriving me of keeping my ship afloat. I'd stand on top of the Sears Tower--the largest building in the world--waving a sign: 'Fire Bowie.'"
"We run our club like a pawn shop--we buy, we sell, we trade."
Quotes about Finley
"Charlie Finley has soured my stomach for baseball. He treated me like a damn colored boy."
"If he thinks it's such a great name, why doesn't he call himself True O. Finley?"
"First guy in checks the dugout for alligators."
"A woman asked me the other day if there's any truth to the rumor that Charlie Finley is out to get me. I said, 'Honey, that ain't no rumor.'"
"It took eight hours?seven and a half to find the heart."
"Finley is a self-made man who worships his creator."
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