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 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.
I was taught you never, ever disrespect your opponent or your teammates or your organization or your manager and never, ever your uniform.
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.
In baseball, there's always the next day
The fourth major league game I ever saw in person, I was in uniform
I was in awe every time I walked on to the field
There was Shawon Dunston and Mark Grace, and together we were a double play combination for ten years
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
My mom was at every single game I played as a kid, rain or shine
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 was taught coming up in the Phillies organization to be seen and not heard by people like Pete Rose, my hero growing up, and players like Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton and Manny Trillo.
If you're in the minor leagues, you want to get to the majors.
I got into pro ball at 18 and played until I was almost 39, non-stop.
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.
At my growing years of 18 to 21 years old in the Minor Leagues, I dreamed of being a Philadelphia Phillie.
I have great memories of being a Cub, and I'm happy building new ones with the Phillies.
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.
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.
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.
A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn't work hard for validation.
If this validates anything, it's that learning how to bunt and hit and run and turning two is more important than knowing where to find the little red light at the dug out camera.
No player in baseball history worked harder, suffered more, or did it better than Andre Dawson. Hes the best Ive ever seen.
I played it right because that's what you're supposed to do - play it right and with respect
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