“During the season I really don’t do anything else but play baseball. I’ve never wanted to get away from baseball for a break. Why would I want to get away from it? I love the game. I always have. There’s nothing else I’d rather do.”

“I feel kind of sorry for those kids who just play one sport growing up.”

“I don’t think there’s any danger of my ever becoming complacent about losing. I always hated to lose, regardless of what it was, even when the family was playing Yahtzee.”

“Since I got to the big leagues, there’s been a whole lot of Direct-TV sold in Jamestown. People like to keep up with the local boy.”

“Any game could be my last, and any at bat could be my last. I’d hate to think it ended without me giving my best effort.”

“You step on that field, you think of the tradition behind this game, the players that have played this game. Especially at the big-league level, for me to go out there and not give my full effort, that’s a slap in the face to all the greats of the game and everything this game’s ever been made out to me. It’s just like saying, ‘I don’t feel like playing major league baseball today.’ I can’t fathom that.”

“AYou play hard, and things happen. I'm not going to change the way I play, so I'm going to play this way until I can't play any more.”

 

 

 


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