"I want to apologize for the comments that I made. I didn't mean to make those comments. I want to apologize to my teammates, all the fans in Washington, my manager and the media. I wasn't serious. It was something I didn't think the media would write down. Things happen in life, and I can correct it. I won't let this happen again."
"I don't want to be on the Nationals' bad side. I just want to get along with everybody -- manager, pitching coach, Minor League guys. I don't want anybody to hate me. I have 16 years in the Major Leagues, and I want to play in this game. I want everybody to know the person that I am."
(Julian Tavarez, via Nationals dot com, 3/29/2009)
Make that a 400-pounder?
Julian Tavarez apologizes for the greatest quote by a player in the short history of the Washington Nationals. To recap (via Nationals dot com):
"Why did I sign with the Nationals?" Tavarez said then. "When you go to a club until 4 a.m. and [are] just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo. And to me, this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It's four in the morning. Too much to drink. All the girls look hot. So the Nationals are Jennifer Lopez to me."
Apology accepted, Julian. Now, let's just hope you stick around long enough to keep us entertained for the rest of the summer.