When I was younger, I was always taught not to make excuses.
You're playing a game, whether it's Little League or Game 7 of the Word Series. It's impossible to do well unless you're having a good time. People talk about pressure. Yeah, there's pressure. But I just look at it as fun.
My grandmother asks me to race down the street, I'm going to try to beat her. And I'll probably enjoy it. Competitive to a fault, sometimes.
Surround yourself with good people. People who are going to be honest with you and look out for your best interests.
My office is at Yankee stadium. Yes, dreams do come true.
There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do - and I believe that.
You don't just accidentally show up in the World Series.
When you put a lot of hard work into one goal and you achieve it, that's a really good feeling.
It's never over. You don't want to be in the position to be down four runs in the ninth inning, but it's not over until the last out.
I like to hit the gym early in the morning. I feel better throughout the day when I get in a workout first thing in the morning.
If you're going to play at all, you're out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose.
My heroes, my dreams, and my future lay in Yankee Stadium. And they can't take that away from me.
We just want to win. That's the bottom line. I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little bit of success, but we don't really reflect on what we've done in the past. We focus on the present.
That's how you win - pitching and defense.
My best vacation is somewhere I could hide, somewhere warm and not a lot of people around.
I have the greatest job in the world. Only one person can have it. You have shortstops on other teams - I'm not knocking other teams - but there's only one shortstop on the Yankees.
I can have fun anywhere, as long as I'm with good people. But in the offseason, I like to go somewhere warm, a nice spot in the Caribbean.
You forget about it whether it was 15-2 or 3-2. It's still a loss. It doesn't matter what the score was if we win tomorrow.
I think there's something wrong with me - I like to win in everything I do, regardless of what it is. You want to race down the street, I want to beat you. If we're playing checkers, I want to win. You beat me, it's going to bother me. I just enjoy competition.
I always take criticism as a challenge. It's the way I've always looked at it.
You gotta have fun. Regardless of how you look at it, we're playing a game. It's a business, it's our job, but I don't think you can do well unless you're having fun.
If you're going to win games, you're going to have to come up with the big hits. That's the bottom line.
I looked up to my parents because they were very successful in what they wanted to do. I was lucky; I didn't have to look far for role models.
Defense usually doesn't make many headlines, but it goes a long way towards winning baseball games. There are a number of ways to make an impact during the course of a game, and playing solid, sound defense is one of them.
Handle yourself like a professional on the field and you have one goal-and that's to win.
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