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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What'd he say? Take the Rick Peterson Challenge

Rick Peterson is famous for his "10 minutes" quote about Victor Zambrano, but the Mullet Man says a lot of other wacky things too. Are you sharp enough to tell the authentic Prof. Jacket quotes from the fake? No cheating!

Correct answers will be rewarded by a picture of Peterson au natural (sans jacket). Answers in future posting.

1.[Omar Minaya and he] “wanted to get in on the ground floor… elevator with him, but instead we got on the escalator.” [On the potential of now waived Cuban defector Alay Soler]

2. "I certainly didn't pop any champagne” [On his disappointment at Sanchez being sent home from camp on account of lateness.]

3. "A full season is like crossing an ocean. It's every day the same guys, same uniforms, same colors, and it's easy to get lost and lose your perspective before you reach the other shore seven months later. Helping people understand where they are along the way and what their recipe for success is, and being there to get them back on track when it slips away is my job." [On his job as a pitching coach]

4."He's maturing a lot faster than red wine does," Peterson said. "It's not going to take five years to be vintage." [On Pelfrey]

5.“These are not the droids you’re looking for.” [To umpire when he checked the ball for scuffing while an unnamed Oakland Athletic was pitching]

6.In the (Indianapolis) 500, you have 10 guys working on a car, and that car can only go a few times around the track before they have to work on it again. Too much speed. A Toyota Camry, if you change the oil and treat it right, it can go for hundreds of thousands of miles.” [On Tom Glavine as a pitcher]

7.“In the Indy 500, they've got like 10 cars or five cars each, I think. He's not going to crash into the wall in the time trial and have no car. Because there's no need to…
“The key is to get to the pole position in October. From that particular point, if you crash into the wall, you crash into the wall. That goes for everybody.”… [On Pedro as a pitcher]

8.“We have a pretty good recipe. And we're going to have competition, which is always a great motivator. Hopefully, we'll turn out some good meals.” [On his pitching staff and its potential]

9.“His off-speed stuff goes together like ketchup and mustard on a hot dog bun at a picnic with a lovely lady.” [Discussing Orlando Hernandez stuff as a pitcher]

10. "Do you like to dance?"…"Yes," Perez answered. "Well, right now you are doing the waltz, you need to be doing the merengue," Peterson explained. [Explaining the secret of success to Oliver Perez]

11. “Do you want to go out there and play with three clubs in your bag or do you want to play with 14 clubs in your bag?” [To Tom Glavine on using a curveball]

12. 'Spring camp is like eating a lobster. It can be an enjoyable experience but…you first need to make sure you have the proper tools, like a bib, some butter, and a device to crack the shell…It can be expensive but if you get a little on you, its no big deal.' [On spring training]

13. 'Do you like ice cream?' I was like, 'Yeah.' Then he said, 'Do you like ketchup?' And I said, 'Um, yeah.' Then he asked me, 'Would you put ketchup on top of the ice cream?' When I said no, he told me, 'Well, that's what you're doing right now.' [To John Maine on his approach to pitching]

14. "One of the greatest movies of all time is 'The Wizard of Oz.' What a great story," …"If you take a look at all the pitchers with untapped potential, I tell them that they are one of those three characters. It's in there, and you don't have to take all the time traveling down the road to get to it." [To no one in particular]

15. "You look at these Fortune 500 companies," Peterson said, "and they come out with new products, and people go, 'It's so simple. Why didn't I think of that?' And the reason is, you didn't have that vision…"You only see it after someone showed it to you. It's not really telling them what to see, but where to look. So they can see it in their own way." [Muttering to himself]

16. “Its like the monkey in the show Friends, everything has to go at some time, and it was time to go.” [To Mike Pelfrey on replacing his curve with a slider]

17. “When you look at what his plan was, there was no plan," …"There was no recipe. There was no map. The first question is, 'Where do you want to go? And where did you come from?' Then you lay out a plan and help them understand that. Not only was he lost, but he was driving in the wrong lane. He thought he was in England. We're driving in the right lane. "It became a simple thing because he got it very quickly. Just like if you're lost and someone gives you directions, all of the sudden you go down a quarter of a mile, make a right and go, 'Jeez, I know exactly where I am.' [On Oliver Perez’s struggles as a Pirate]

18. “You really want to seize the moment. The moment is what it's about.”…[On his coaching philosophy]

19. “[Pedro] is like a basket of cute and fuzzy little kitty cats… he makes it look so effortless on the mound.” [On what Pedro means to the Mets]

20. “You’re a Christian, right, Chad?” “Yeah.” “You believe in Jesus?” “Yeah.” “Have you ever seen him?” “No, I’ve never seen him.” “Ever seen yourself get hitters out?” “Yeah.” “So why the fuck do you have faith in Jesus when you never seen him, but you don’t have faith in your ability to get hitters out when you get hitters out all the time?” [Teaching Chad Bradford to go inside on hitters]

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  • At 5:01 PM, Blogger Coop said…

    You know, Itsmetsforme, I have to say -- I'm going to be stumped for a few of these. ALL of them seem like Soul Glo statements.

  • At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Brilliant as usual you funny bastard.
    My word verification for this comment is "odeug". A bit of foreshadowing perhaps??

  • At 7:18 PM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    Aw shucks, Coop. You can do it. Use the force!

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • At 7:22 PM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…


    As in, "Oh Doug Mientkiewicz?"

    I too like to read into the comment verification. I think they are secret Google mind control. Its like a little test of your kindergarten skills. Maybe that's why i routinely "fail" them.

  • At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This may be your best post yet IMFM. Keep it up.


  • At 1:07 PM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    Thanks anon,

    cmon you people, you can't win if you don't play!
    somebody guess!


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