It took me a while to get where I’m at, simply because I’m 6-10. I appreciate where I’m at. I realize I’m blessed.”
“Maybe I’ve lost a little, but I think everyone does over time. People have been writing that I’m getting old every year, and eventually they’re going to be right. There’s nobody in this game that’s doing the same things they once did in the peak years of their career.”
“I threw a lot of balls and walked a lot of batters. Not something I’m proud of, but something I learned from.”
“I had a long conversation with Steve Carlton. He told me that on the days he pitched, he felt it was his responsibility to make everyone around him better, to lift his teammates. That’s what I try to do.”
“I had a million-dollar arm, but I wasn’t thinking enough about how to be a pitcher.”
“I’ve refined my mechanics, refined my pitches. I’ve gotten more confidence, and I’ve gotten more determination. I’ve got a better idea what I’m doing out there.”
“I was barely a .500 pitcher before my dad died and I got married and had a baby...my wife and baby brought me down to earth.
Nolan Ryan helped me with baseball, and my dad passing away gave me a bigger heart.”
“The word ‘potential’ used to hang over me like a cloud.”
“I learned a lot from not having success, and realizing when you do have success, how hard it is to maintain it, and what you have to do to maintain it.”
“When I was younger and inexperienced, I was a very animated pitcher. I pitched with a lot of adrenaline. I was my own worst enemy when things weren’t gong well.”
“When you can throw 97 miles an hour and put the ball over the plate anytime yo want, it’s fun.”
"When you win, you want more of it. You can't win enough."
"I'm tired of people questioning me because of my age. If you looked at my numbers and watched me throw and covered my birthdate, would age be an issue?"
"I expect to win. I've never been content with anything I've ever done."
"When I'm healthy, I can still pitch. I know I can still pitch at that level and get the results that I want."
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