On counting on Pedro Martinez to win Game 7 of the ALCS: "Time after time after time this year, when this kid got into a jam in an inning where it's getting close to the end of his outing, he's the one we left in there to get out of the jam that inning. Then we'd take him out of the game. We'd done it through the year, over and over and over. We got a bad result this time. Most of the time, we got good results. And he'd have gotten it done. What beat him was the bloop hit by Posada."
On being fired: "I knew that if we didn't win the World Series this year, somebody was gonna be the goat."
On new Red Sox manager, Terry Francona: "I just hope he knows what he's getting into."