I didn't play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel.
If you played the game the right way, played the game for the team, good things would happen
I was taught you never, ever disrespect your opponent or your teammates or your organization or your manager and never, ever your uniform.
There's not too many guys that spend their whole career with one team and I think it's very fortunate and a blessing for me
I struggled many times when maybe it didn't look like I was struggling, and I had to work hard every day.
I was a baseball player at North Central High School in Spokane, Washington even though I was all-city in basketball, even when I signed a letter of intent to play quarterback at Washington State.
My mom was at every single game I played as a kid, rain or shine
I played it right because that's what you're supposed to do - play it right and with respect
I think sometimes Hall of Famers might get labeled as guys who aren't suited for a coaching job or to be back at the Major League level.
In baseball, there's always the next day
Hit a home run - put your head down, drop the bat, run around the bases, because the name on the front is more - a lot more important than the name on the back.
The fourth major league game I ever saw in person, I was in uniform
I learned a lot in the Minor Leagues, spending six years there. I honed my skills, as far as coaching goes. I was able to work with the players in a lot of facets of the game.
I had too much respect for the game to leave it behind or to make it my second or third sport in college
I've been proud to be a lifelong Chicago Cub and still be with the Cubs. That's always been important to me and I think it's always been special
There was Shawon Dunston and Mark Grace, and together we were a double play combination for ten years
I was in awe every time I walked on to the field
In my day, if a guy came to spring training 20 pounds heavier than what he left, he was considered out of shape and was probably in trouble.
I never forgot the four years I spent with the Phillies, my September call-ups and my big league Spring Trainings. I never forgot that.
It didn't happen, but I feel fortunate for the two chances we had and it's just a shame we didn't go to a World Series for Cub fans.
A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn't work hard for validation.
The reason I am here, they tell me, is that I played the game a certain way, that I played the game the way it was supposed to be played.
I don't expect any red carpet to the big leagues. If the opportunity comes, then it comes. But I don't think I'm owed anything.
I love to play baseball. I'm a baseball player. I've always been a baseball player. I'm still a baseball player. That's who I am.
If you're in the minor leagues, you want to get to the majors.
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