On Sunday, Tribune reporter
caught you up on former
GM Jerry Krause, now a Diamondbacks scout. Krause had plenty more to say on a slew of subjects. Here's a taste:
"Along with my Dad, the best person I've known in my life."
Tony La Russa:
"Brilliant. Outstanding baseball man, really knows the game."
"First draft choice ever. Been looking for another Sloan for 50 years and haven't found him."
"Special player. Special human being. One of the joys of my life."
"Smartest man I've ever known. Treats people better than anybody I know. Brilliant. Very loyal."
"One of the three best competitors I've seen, along with Sloan and
. Personality that is much different than most people think. Meant a lot in my life. I inherited him and we were able to accomplish a lot."
"Good guy. Great basketball mind. Very smart, fun to be around."
"Very high basketball IQ."
"A lot more responsible for us winning championships than anybody gives him credit for. Leader in the locker room. He'd just look at somebody and set them straight. I thought it would take him a year to control that locker room. Happened quicker. A teacher. And they respected him. Nobody would cross him. If you did, you'd have a problem."
"Greatest brain-picker in history. Picked Red Holzman's brain. Picked Bill Fitch's brain. Picked Tex (Winter's) brain. Very different personality. Amazing ability to relate to players."
"Most brilliant basketball man I've ever known. Would've been a tremendous math teacher if he had decided to do that. A mind that works 24-7. Complete purist."
"Best strength and conditioning coach of all time. Was responsible for so much of the Bulls' success. We had fewer injuries over a 10-year span than any team in the league and that was Al. Great feel for people."
"Different player. Different mentality. People really didn't see 'the Waiter.' Oh, boy, what we saw in Europe. But a great person, down-to-earth human being who contributed a lot to our championships."
"Really likable. He never gave me a bit of trouble. An ultimate competitor when it came to understanding the game. That routine was just to make more dollars. People think he's crazy. He's not. He would never hurt another human being. He might hurt himself, but not another."
"One of the best people I've ever been around. Very smart. Very loyal."
"Wasted talent. Should've been a great player."
"A great college coach. But the mistake was I don't think there's a college coach who can make it in the