I'm a terrible singer. I feel lucky to play baseball. You can't be gifted in everything.
Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn't guarantee success, but without it you don't have a chance.
Fear of failure is what fuels me, keeps me on edge and sharp. I'm not as good when I'm comfortable.
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.
Always follow your dreams, don't let anyone tell you that you can't be something.
Be respectful. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Respect the lowest rank and the highest rank and you'll never get in trouble.
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.
Baseball has a funny way to tap you on the shoulder when you least expect it and tells you it's the end.
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.
This is how I define grace: youre on the main stage, and it looks like it has been rehearsed 100 times, everything goes so smoothly. Thats where I get my confidence and success, from knowing that I have an edge because I know Im prepared.
Looks aren't the number one thing. They have to have class, intelligence, then looks. If I was the ugliest SOB in the world it would be a lot easier.
I'm having a hard time finding a date. I don't trust any women I meet. I'm very skeptical.
I've never felt overmatched on the baseball field. I've always been in a very strong, dominant position. And I felt that if I did my work as I've done since I was, you know, a rookie back in Seattle, I didn't have a problem competing at any level. So, no.
I want to be known as a good major-leaguer, and good major-leaguers work to become good.
I'm not impulsive at all - except about buying clothes. That's my biggest weakness.
I'm not a real vocal guy, but sometimes you need to kick someone in the ass.
My mother's the most special person in my life ... I consider her my MVP: Most Valuable Parent.
I want to build a positive image that will last my career.
Keep reading books, stay in school. I encourage kids to read as much as they can, I challenge you to read a book every two weeks, like I try to.
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.
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've learned in my career, it is much better to be recognized for all the great things you do on the field.
I've done a lot of growing up and realized a lot of things.
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.
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.
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