"This is a special kind of player, just like Cal Ripken was for the Orioles. And the kind of player you want to keep as part of the organization. And so there's an area where one might say that I have interfered, but I felt impelled to do that from the standpoint of keeping a player that I thought was critical."
That's right, folks: Brian Roberts = Cal Ripken. As a Pirates fan, I have to say, it feels really nice to benefit from someone else's terrible ownership.
Thanks to Ryan for the link.