What they said (normal font)...and what they meant (italics).
"We understand that John Henry must be embarrassed, frustrated and disappointed by his failure in this transaction. It is time to get on with life and forget the sour grapes."
"...I'm going to completely ignore my own sour grapes over the signing of Curt Schilling to the Sox, and instead find a way to twist what seems like a statement of good sportsmanship around into a highly immature face-rubbing."
"There is really no other fair way to deal with a team that has gone so insanely far beyond the resources of all the other teams."
"Unlike the Yankees, he chose not to go the extra distance for his fans in Boston."
"Not only do I have no spending limit, but I also have no shame. How do you like me now?"
"It will suffice to say that we have a spending limit and the Yankees apparently don't. Fifty-seven percent of baseball fans polled this week by ESPN.com characterized this week's events as 'disgusting' and 'sad'."
"It is understandable, but wrong that he would try to deflect the accountability for his mistakes on to others and to a system for which he voted in favor."
"...A system which I have successfully manipulated in *my* favor, and which I will now proceed to seek the moral high ground about, as if Henry over there should be able to predict the fucking future."
"[A-Rod]very much wanted to play in games that have meaning. We're not waving a white flag. We're going to continue to work just as hard to bring home a championship and are fortunate to have fans that are as uncompromising as we are when it comes to demanding excellence."
He better watch his fucking back, I can tell you that right now. No matter who the starter is, when A-Rod's at the plate, Pedro's in. And he'll be gunning for bear.
The Commissioner steps in...
"The commissioner asked us not to say anything else on this subject, and of course, we agreed to abide by it."
"Yo momma so ugly, when she looks in the mirror, her reflection ducks."
>"I've agreed and will abide by that request. The anticipation about the 2004 season is at an all-time high. So let's shift our sights to the field. Let the games begin."
"Yeah, well, yo momma so fat, I had to roll off her twice!"