‘I know it’s going to take some time and you have some work to do, but I want to be a Chicago Cub if you want me,'” ??? said.
“I knew when I left that restaurant that night that he was our guy,” ??? said.
“The opinion that he wouldn’t be a good teammate or he would be a disruption in the clubhouse couldn’t be further from the truth,” ??? said.
“I’ve seen a lot of cute headlines about me,” he said. “People who have never met me are speaking about me. It’s not very intelligent to speak about someone you’ve never met. That’s something I never do. I’m never going to judge somebody based on what I see on TV or read in the paper.”
“I even looked forward to answering all [the media’s] questions today — that’s how much I’m happy to be here,” he said, smiling.
“My whole life all I tried to do was fit in places. I felt like I finally fit. Getting elected to the All-Star team last year by the players was a complete honor. A lot of that changed me. I just felt more comfortable being more open and letting people know who I am.”
“It’s been a lot of years and a lot of pain and grief for the [Cubs] fans out there,” ??? said. “I know with every fiber of my being, I want to win. The Cubs have been on my radar for a while now.
“It’s a new day, new way for this guy,” ??? said.
–Answers: Milton Bradley, Jim Hendry and Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik