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.
The biggest thing I want is for the hitter coming up behind me to get a good pitch to hit.
In a lot of close games, I can make a difference with my speed.
The most important thing is to have fun.
I want to be the best leadoff hitter of our time.
I play every game like it's going to be my last.
I like to make an impression.
I'm relaxed at the plate. I'm not trying to do too much.
I'm no George Brett, and I probably never will be.
I'm gaining weight the right way: I'm drinking beer.
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 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.
There is no excuse for not catching a ball you can get to.
I know what it takes to win ball games.
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.
Whenever I have a bad performance, I look at it as a learning experience.
I don't understand some people, using biblical terms to criticize me when this is just a game.
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