“'m not giving up. I have tremendous faith, and hopefully there's a couple more chapters to this book. And hopefully there's a happy ending somewhere. I have faith.”

“I want to be the best, and the best work. You have to earn what you get, and you have to work to keep it.”

“I only look forward. I can’t get all caught up in what I’ve done. I still have plenty to accomplish in the game. Hopefully, I’m just scratching the surface.”

“You can have fun, respect the game and also play it hard. When you have that combination, you’re going to put yourself in a position to be successful.”

“I like to score and drive in runs more than pay attention to batting average.”

“You always dream about being on a baseball card. It’s kind of funny when you finally see it.”

“I want to be known as Dominican—that’s what I am, 100 percent ... I have a duty and responsibility to continue the legacy of Dominicans in baseball.”

“My mother’s the most special person in my life ... I consider her my MVP: Most Valuable Parent.”

“I hate the word ‘potential’—potential means you haven’t gotten it done.”

“There is a difference between image and reputation. Image is nice. Reputation is developed over an entire career. Reputation is what I’m searching for.”

“If my team could win and I hit .240, I wouldn’t care. The only thing I want to do is win. That’s what I play the game for.”

“You can never be perfect in this game. Until you hit 1.000 and make no errors, you can always improve.”

“I’ve been Michael Jordan in Latin countries for years. I know what I mean to all Latinos and what this game means to them. Baseball is in their blood.”

'I want to build a positive image that will last my career.”

“I have incredible motivation to go out and improve every day.”

“Not one day goes by when I don’t remind myself of how grateful I am for those who came before me over the last 25 years. When I see players like Mike Schmidt and Johnny Bench, I thank them.”

“I feel like I'm getting close. I like playing at the Stadium. I like hitting at the Stadium.”

“There's no place like New York. And I found out that until you go through it for a season, you really don't know it.”

“I do my best hitting when I'm walking. That means I'm relaxed and my pitch recognition is a lot better.”

“I don't care if people like me or not. Respect is more important.”

“I don't expect people to feel sorry for me. My teammates get more upset about the criticism and booing than I do.”

“I've done a lot of special things in this game, and for none of that to be considered clutch, it's an injustice.”

“Why do people sing 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' when they're already there?”

“It's important for me to play well down the stretch for this team—and in October.”

“Always follow your dreams; don't let anyone tell you that you can't be something.”

“Whether I hit .260 or .320, the bottom line here is to win.”

“With what has occurred in my life, the baseball field is where I feel most comfortable. That's what I feel I was born to do and it's what I do best.”

“Back then it was a different culture. It was very loose. I was young. I was stupid.”

“I was naive, and I wanted to prove to everyone that, you know, I was worth, you know, being one of the greatest players of all time.”

“I did take a banned substance and, you know, for that I'm very sorry and deeply regretful. I'm sorry for that time. I'm sorry to fans. I'm sorry for my fans in Texas. It wasn't until then that I ever thought about substance of any kind, and since then I've proved to myself and to everyone that I don't need any of that.”

“It takes a lot of pressure off you just to go out and play, and your talent sometimes shines even more when you don't worry about individual stuff.”

“I've been humbled. I've been through a lot. And I can't be happier with the way the Steinbrenner family, the coaches and players and the city of New York has supported me.”

“I've waited for a long time. The championship is back where it belongs—in New York City.”

“I've never experienced— besides the birth of my two daughters—the feeling of winning a world championship in New York in the new stadium. It's something I'll never forget.”

“Now I just have an opportunity to come out and play baseball and have fun, really continue to focus on what I did in '09—divorce myself of personal achievements and really buy into the whole team concept of winning ballgames. What can I do today to help the team win? It was the greatest year of my baseball career.”

“I'm looking at 600 like first base. You want to run right through it and use it as a springboard for more to come.”

“We have a lot of team goals right now. My focus right now is think small, drive in runs and not worry about too much.”

“I've done a lot of growing up and realized a lot of things.”

“I've learned in my career, it is much better to be recognized for all the great things you do on the field.”

“Walking the streets of New York, a lot of people are cheering me on. It feels good.”

“Walking the streets of New York, a lot of people are cheering me on. It feels good.”

“No player should have to go through what I have been dealing with, and I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players' contracts and rights are protected through the next round of bargaining.”

 

 


Alex Rodriguez,
2008 Allen & Ginter

 

 


Alex Rodriguez,
2005 Street & Smith

 

 


Alex Rodriguez,
2004 New York Post

 

 


Alex Rodriguez,
2003 Topps T205

 

 


Alex Rodriguez,
1997 Upper Deck



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