Sunday, June 23, 2002

Quotes on Darryl Kile



The Associated Press

        “Our club is just totally staggered, I mean, devastated. You guys know what a pro he is.” — Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

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        “Tragic, tragic news. Just unbelievable. He pitched for me when he was a kid. He was just a fine young man. It's hard to believe something like this could happen.” — Athletics manager Art Howe, Kile's first big-league manager in 1991 with Houston.

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        “You don't expect a 35-, 34-year-old guy in his prime playing a professional sport to pass away. We all take it for granted sometimes that whatever plans we had for tomorrow we're going to be able to fulfill them. Tomorrow may not come.” — Atlanta pitcher Tom Glavine.

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        “My deepest sympathies go out to Darryl's family, his friends and the St. Louis Cardinals ballclub. All of baseball mourns his passing.” — commissioner Bud Selig.

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        “This was a very difficult day. I went back and forth between disbelief and sorrow. When you play this game for a long time, you learn to focus on the game and not on outside things, but the gravity of this was a little heavier.” — Houston catcher Brad Ausmus.

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        “The day I broke into the big leagues, he called me up and took me to breakfast. He didn't know me from Adam, but he made me feel good and feel like a teammate. It was tough. It's like losing a part of your family.” — Houston closer Billy Wagner said.

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        “It's just a shock. He's 33 with three kids. I'm 31 with two kids ... I can't imagine what she (his wife) is going through. I can't imagine what that phone call to his wife was like. Just devastating.” — Cubs pitcher Jason Bere.

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        “He was a warrior when he was here. It's sad. A lot of people gave him a hard time here. A lot of people were very, very opinionated about his talents in the press. And the one thing the man never did was never back down from an opportunity to pitch. He took the ball every time he was asked to take the ball. That's the thing I remember about him the most.” — Colorado manager Clint Hurdle.

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        “This has been a very difficult week with the loss of Jack Buck and now the loss of Darryl Kile. It is going to be real tough period for the Cardinals organization and the citizens of St. Louis.” — Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty.

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        “It's devastating. Here's a guy you've been competing against almost all your career and you've had some good battles. To hear that ... it's almost like a teammate, one of your family members. You think about his family, his wife, his three kids. It's so hard. It makes you appreciate things a little more. It's a blow. It really is. It's hard for it to even sink in. It doesn't seem real. It puts things in perspective real quick. To just not wake up? It affects you.” — Pirates first baseman Kevin Young.

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        “He was an adviser for me. He told me one time that tough times never last; tough people do. I took it to heart.” — Tigers pitcher Jose Lima, who played with Kile in Houston in 1997.

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        “In my mind, I can see Darryl Kile right next to me. We always joked together. I can't believe he's dead. I have to see it to believe it. We have to realize that he's dead, but in my mind, he's alive because he was one of the greatest.” — Montreal third baseman Fernando Tatis, who played with Kile in St. Louis.

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        “This hits close to home. I can't even imagine what they are going through in St. Louis if we are having the feelings we have. It certainly changes things.” — Brewers manager Jerry Royster.

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        “We called off batting practice because the atmosphere in here is kind of eerie. I knew Darryl. When a guy dies like that, it hits home.” — Reds first baseman Sean Casey.

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        “I don't even know if I'm here. This is a tough one. It's hard to accept right now. He was just an awesome dude. The players used to love him, they knew what a competitor he was, what a joker he was, he used to pull tricks. That's why it's a tough one.” — Yankees outfielder John Vander Wal, who played with Kile in Colorado in 1998.

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        “He loved to sit around and talk pitching, and he was a severe gamer. He loved to grab the baseball and pitch. They had trouble trying and getting him out of a game because he wanted to go all the way every time.” — Dodgers pitcher Jesse Orosco, who played with Kile in 2000 with St. Louis.

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        “I followed that guy around like a puppy dog. He helped me more than anybody else could. He was a great person and a great friend. I still don't believe it.” — Brewers pitcher Jamey Wright, who played with Kile in Colorado.

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        “Honestly, the last few days have been tough. First Jack Buck, who I knew, he dies and we were out there playing and there are ashes falling from the sky, and now you lose a friend. It will be really tough to play.” — Colorado's Larry Walker, choking back tears while talking about his former teammate.

       



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