Palmer: "I think that's over the line. What goes around, comes around. That's the thing. If guys show you up, sooner or later something is going to happen. It's bad karma. Just play the game respectfully."
Blyleven: "If a guy takes a big swing like that, yeah, I would be upset. Don Mattingly hit a home run off me many years ago at the Metrodome, and the next pitch was a fastball and Dave Winfield left his feet swinging at it. The next pitchWinfield was leaving his feet to get out of the way. He was picking himself up off the ground.
"Guys swing hard. I don't have a problem with that. But as a pitcher who pitched every fourth or fifth day, that was my bread and butter. I had to have my game face on. When you're not at the top of your game and you feel like the other team is laughing and embarrassing you by doing certain things, it's time to retaliate."
Gossage: "If a guy screws himself into the ground, I'm going to undress him. I might not drill him, but I'm going to send a message.
"The score of the game definitely comes into play. Guys used to quit playing if the score was 17-0. The game was out of reach, it was in check, and it was over for all intents and purposes. It was just a respect thing -- you didn't want to show the other team up. Now guys want to pad their stats." -- Jerry Crasnick
After a 2006 game between the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox, a clandestine meeting took place in the rear laundry room of Minnesota's Metrodome between the managers of both teams and Twins center fielder Torii Hunter.
In a gesture that would have made Don Corleone proud, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire brought his player to inform Red Sox skipper Terry Francona that a transgression Hunter had committed during their just-concluded game was done out of "inattention, not disrespect." Francona appreciated the gesture, and a crisis was averted.
And what was this dire criminal offense that led Gardenhire, driven by a mix of protocol and fear of igniting a war, to prod his player toward the baseball equivalent of kissing the opposing Capo's ring?