The last thing you want to do is finish playing or doing anything and wish you would have worked harder.
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.
I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong.
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.
I'm not perfect; no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. I think you try to learn from those mistakes.
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.
My heroes, my dreams, and my future lay in Yankee Stadium. And they can't take that away from me.
Obviously, you're known for what you do. But you still want to be known as a good person. You're a person a lot longer before and after you're a professional athlete.
If you're going to play at all, you're out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose.
My best vacation is somewhere I could hide, somewhere warm and not a lot of people around.
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.
Your image isn't your character. Character is what you are as a person.
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.
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