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Why can't people say what they really mean? Why beat around the bush when they can get right to the heart of the matter? Here are some examples of baseball folk who just didn't have the heart to say what was really on their minds.

WHAT THEY SAID WHAT THEY MEANT

"Maybe some of them aren't "Maybe we need to find

capable of being big-league players who are willing

hitters, I don't know. Maybe we to work with an arrogant,

need to clean house." ill-tempered, self-

Angels batting coach Rod important batting coach,

Carew on the team's woeful because I know I'm not

offense. going to change."

"Don't try to tell me this "This is the same knife

team isn't talented. Don't try that I used in Bill

to tell me we don't have guys Russell's back so I figure

who can get the job done. I it'll work on Davey

managed this team for 20 years Johnson too. Because I

and I know talent when I see it." should be managing. I

Tommy Lasorda on the Dodgers' should, I should, I

woes this season. should."

"That might be the only "Junior will get to bat

way to keep Junior. He said cleanup, I'll be the

he's gone." manager, my wife will run

Ken Griffey Sr. responding the concession stand and

to rumors that Lou Piniella we'll get the relievers to

would be fired and he go door to door selling

would be hired as Seattle chocolate bars. We'll beat

manager to keep his son from those kids from Taiwan at

leaving via free agency. Williamsport next year."

"John is an embarrassment "So if I release this

to all real umpires and baseball. malicious, spiteful letter

... He shamed us all." to major news organizations,

Umpire Ed Montague's wife will the public finally

Marcia in a letter to John understand exactly what type

Hirschbeck's wife after of deplorable people umpires

Hirschbeck withdrew his must deal with on a daily

resignation. basis?"

_ JOHN ROMANO

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