I believe a champion wins in his mind first, then plays the game, not the other way around.
Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn't guarantee success, but without it you don't have a chance.
Always follow your dreams, don't let anyone tell you that you can't be something.
Be respectful. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Respect the lowest rank and the highest rank and you'll never get in trouble.
Fear of failure is what fuels me, keeps me on edge and sharp. I'm not as good when I'm comfortable.
I'm a terrible singer. I feel lucky to play baseball. You can't be gifted in everything.
Anyone can forget about talent, but if you're a good person, your name will be remembered a long time.
I want to be known as Dominican-that's what I am, 100 percent ... I have a duty and responsibility to continue the legacy of Dominicans in baseball.
I want to be the best, and the best work. You have to earn what you get, and you have to work to keep it.
There is a difference between image and reputation. Image is nice. Reputation is developed over an entire career. Reputation is what I'm searching for.
You can have fun, respect the game and also play it hard. When you have that combination, you're going to put yourself in a position to be successful.
I hate the word 'potential'-potential means you haven't gotten it done.
Playing the game was the easy part. The real work was in the preparation.
Some things are meant to be and if it was, you will know it.
I have incredible motivation to go out and improve every day.
This is how I define grace: youre on the main stage, and it looks like it has been rehearsed 100 times, everything goes so smoothly. Thats where I get my confidence and success, from knowing that I have an edge because I know Im prepared.
My mother's the most special person in my life ... I consider her my MVP: Most Valuable Parent.
Why do people sing Take Me Out to The Ballgame when they're already there?
Balsamic vinaigrette, Tabasco, and giblets. Then let it boil.
Leadership is a role you have to earn in order to be effective.
I've done a lot of special things in this game, and for none of that to be considered clutch, it's an injustice.
I love the challenge of the game. I love the work. My goal right now is to have a season next year that will make people forget about this one. I'll use things like this for motivation. I'm pumped. I'm hungry.
I'm not a real vocal guy, but sometimes you need to kick someone in the ass.
Keep reading books, stay in school. I encourage kids to read as much as they can, I challenge you to read a book every two weeks, like I try to.
I do my best hitting when I'm walking. That means I'm relaxed and my pitch recognition is a lot better.
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