Some of the more interesting things said and written during the Phillies' magical 1993 season:
March 16: "I think everyone here believes we have an established, major-league ballclub this year," said Darren Daulton. "That's something we didn't have last year. I still think you can never get enough pitching. But when you get down here and you meet these guys and see what they can do, it makes a difference …You always want to think you have a chance at this time of year. But I think everybody on the team knows what we have here."
April 4: "We don't really have a captain," said Todd Pratt, the backup catcher, "but that doesn't mean much. Everyone here knows this is Dutch's team. He's the guy we all turn to."
May 10: "Don't analyze it, boys," said bench coach Larry Bowa after Daulton's grand slam helped beat the Pirates and improve the Phillies to 23-7. "Just let it ride. We're in the zone."
May 20: "Lenny Dykstra can be a catalyst for this team, and John Kruk can be a hitting machine, and Dave Hollins can be a star, and (Pete) Incaviglia and Jim Eisenreich and Milt Thompson and Mickey Morandini and the rest can be the hero for a day, but Daulton has become the constant, the foundation, an immovable force in the middle of that lineup and, maybe more important, behind the plate," wrote columnist Rich Hofmann.
June 7: "Daulton's standing with the public has taken an abrupt U-turn, which is rare in a city that hardly ever grants second chances. He was brutalized by the fans (in recent years), and yet when he could have bailed out as a free agent he didn't hesitate to re-up with the Phillies," columnist Bill Lyon wrote."I wasn't going to let a few loud-mouths drive me out of town," [Daulton] said grimly, "and the rest of the fans, well, I kind of identify with them. A lot of frustration has built up; they've been waiting a long time for a winner. I'd like to help give them one. I saw that '80 parade after they won the World Series. That was awesome. I can still see the celebrating."
July 1: "That was the most embarrassing game I've ever been a part of," said Daulton following a 14-5 loss at St. Louis in which the Phillies trailed 14-0. "I've been on some bad teams and I've been a very, very, very bad player. But that's the most embarrassed I've ever been."
Sept. 28: "This is what every player dreams about," Daulton said after the Phillies clinched the National League East in Pittsburgh. "Situations just like this."
Oct. 9: "I told the guys when we came in after the game: 'Let's just put this behind us and come back ready to play tomorrow,' " Daulton said after another lopsided loss put the Phillies in a 2-1 hole in the National League Championship Series.
Oct. 9 (continued): "It's always like we have risen to the occasion all year," reliever Larry Andersen said. "I'm not saying that we're gonna go out and win the next three games, but I don't think anybody in here thinks this thing is over." The Phillies actually did go out and win the next three games to advance to the World Series.
Oct. 13: "I've never had a better moment in baseball," Daulton said after the Phillies beat the Braves in six games. "I went crazy out there. I've just never had that kind of emotion before. I saw the house rocking, to know that something has happened that meant so much to three or four million people . . . it's hard to explain."
Oct. 21: "Try to keep them under 14 runs," said Daulton, breaking the tension for starting pitcher Curt Schilling prior to Game 5 of the World Series. The Phillies had lost 15-14 the previous night in a game that turned the series in Toronto's favor, 3-1.
Oct. 23: "Life's a (bleep)," said Mitch Williams after giving up the Joe Carter home run. "I could be diggin' ditches somewhere. Well, I'm not. I threw the pitch that cost us the World Series. That's tough. I'll deal with it."
Oct. 23: "Mitch is going to be all right," Daulton said. "There's no reason to hang his head."