I never want to look in the mirror and say, 'What if? What if I had run harder? What if I had dived for that groundball?'
I've always been taught to play the game hard. Baseball is such a tough game, it really humbles you at times, you just have to try not to get too high or too low.
I don't really like the spotlight.
[Clayton Kershaw ] is intense. He's a competitor.He's extremely fun to play behind.
I’ve talked to guys who have played for the Phillies and gone on to other organizations and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
I'm definitely not the most graceful person out there. I've always been taught to play hard. I don't know how not to play hard. But for some guys it just looks easier. For me, it's not that natural.
I figured out that there are occasions where you have to get pumped up and take charge, situations where you have to have fun and situations where you need to settle down.
It's pretty self-explanatory. If we play well, we know what our picture is. If we don't play well, we'll know what our picture is.
I know it sounds stupid and cliche, but I just want to get better. I want to keep improving.
Before, shortstops and second basemen were mostly defensive guys that made all the plays and didn't really hit that well. But now it's beginning to change a little bit. Now, shortstops and second basemen are very productive in terms of run producing.
It took us a little while, but we swung the bats well tonight.
Hitting at the top of the order is a good thing. You get more at-bats. I'm excited to see how this develops.
You're going to bat so many times during a season and it's not worth getting mad about. I still get frustrated, but I try not to let the other team know that.
It's good to find the barrel of the bat again.
You try to take it game-to-game and keep working.
I've said this before, but going and playing with the guys that have been to the World Series, the elite players of the game, there's no harm in hanging around those guys at all.
I didn't know what to expect coming to college. High school was pretty easy and I guess I expected college to be along the same route. It was just an overwhelming experience.
I didn't go up to the plate thinking, 'OK, my goal now is to get a hit'-I tried not to think about [the streak].
The majority of the time with two strikes I'll choke up on the bat a little bit to try to stay as short as possible. It doesn't always work out like that, but that's the goal.
I could care less if people talk about us or not. We know what we can do here. It's an exciting time for us.
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