I wouldn't mind being a hero to a kid. I grew up idolizing players, so I know how important that is for a lot of younger kids.
There's no way I can play for the Yankees, but I know they're going to come after me hard. It's definitely not the most important thing to go out there for the top dollar, which the Yankees are going to offer me. It's not what I need.
I went out as a free agent in Boston and had a great year and I priced myself out of there market, at the time.
I'm relaxed at the plate. I'm not trying to do too much.
I like to make an impression.
I'm gaining weight the right way: I'm drinking beer.
I play every game like it's going to be my last.
The most important thing is to have fun.
In a lot of close games, I can make a difference with my speed.
The biggest thing I want is for the hitter coming up behind me to get a good pitch to hit.
I'm no George Brett, and I probably never will be.
I go out and play not for the numbers, but for a chance to win and the thrill of playing in front of a packed crowd.
People need to look at baseball like it has been sent from the heavens, and respect the game.
I try to walk around with a smile on my face.
I hope others take as much pride in the sport as I do.
I blame myself every night we lose.
A lot of players go into a restaurant and ask for a special table. I go and stand in line with the working people. It's very easy to get spoiled playing professional sports.
Moving to New York was the best decision I ever made.
I love Boston and I always will. I'll always have terrific memories and great fans here.
I want to be the best leadoff hitter of our time.
There is no excuse for not catching a ball you can get to.
You know, a lot of people say they didn't want to die until the Red Sox won the World Series. Well, there could be a lot of busy ambulances tomorrow.
I fell in love with Boston, so hopefully, I'll be here for a long time.
My biggest adjustment has been learning not to be afraid to fail.
I take pride knowing that I hustle, day in and day out.
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