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"All in all, he embarrassed the Boston Red Sox." -- Peter Gammons
NESN: Watch Some of Wells' 18-Minute Diatribe
Wells on steroid testing: "I'm all for steroid testing. I've been tested three times. It's obvious that there are guys that are getting away with doing it, and he's not doing anything."
Wells on Bob Watson: "I don't even know why Bob played. It's like he's against the player... As a player, he played hard. I'm sure he was in a lot of altercations. To turn against athletes knowing what we go through during a game, we get squeezed, bad calls... He knows that. I just think Bob's out to get the guys."
On his appeal: "You look at the bright side of it. They had to fly to Kansas City, so they wasted their time. I guess that’s the bright side I can look at. They had to come to me instead of me going there."
Others on Wells: "I think Selig did the right thing by postponing the announcement by one day for the good of the game in the light that it would have been the day's headlines on a day when people who like baseball -- and are not obsessed with steroids -- could bask in the glory of Ryne Sandberg and Wade Boggs. The process by which Palmiero was allowed to appeal is his right under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Wells essentially came off as a blow-hard and did not know what he was talking about. Someone should give him the telephone number of the Players Association if he has another complaint. All in all, he embarrassed the Boston Red Sox." -- 8.30, Peter Gammons, ESPN.com chat
"While the Red Sox are disappointed to lose David Wells for six games, the Club recognizes that the disciplinary process has run its course, and we accept the results. However, the comments made by David today regarding the Commissioner of Baseball do not in any way reflect the views of the Club. The Club believes the Commissioner has demonstrated visionary leadership and integrity, and we recognize that his contributions to the game have been enormous. Thus, we apologize to the Commissioner."
-- Red Sox statement on Wells' comments
"David Wells has once again created a distraction with a series of ill-informed and ill-conceived comments," Manfred said in a statement. With respect to Rafael Palmeiro, Mr. Wells has absolutely no accurate information concerning the processing of the Palmeiro case. As the Players Association has stated publicly, the Palmeiro case was processed in strict compliance with the Basic Agreement and the discipline was announced as soon as the appeal was completed. Mr. Wells's statement that the discipline was delayed is pure fiction. Mr. Wells's dissatisfaction with his appeal says more about his poor behavior than it does about the quality of the appeal process." -- Major League Baseball exec Rob Manfred on Wells' comments