High school is what kind of grows you into the person you are. I have great memories, good and bad, some learning experiences and some that I'll take with me the rest of my life.
I play to have fun. I play to win. I play for my teammates.
People take everything out of proportion. Everybody loves to stir something. If you listen to everything you hear, there's a lot of different directions you'd be leaning.
We've got to trust that we are all in it to win it.
There's not much you can complain about - you're a Major League Baseball player; you're getting paid to play a game. People want to be you, wish they could do what you do. There are some complaints here and there, but there really aren't any significant ones.
I could always hit the ball really far, but you don't need to be strong to do that.
I played basketball, baseball, and football. I never had much downtime. But I think playing multiple sports helped tremendously in my baseball career. I have the agility of all three combined into one.
Training isn't fun for me. I do it because it's what my body needs, and I have a standard. It's a thing I make sure I do.
If there's a runner on third with less than two outs, I clearly do not want to strike out.
You're not always happy with things that go on in life on a daily basis. There's nothing I can do. You've got to deal with it and still take care of myself.
I like that I've been able to maintain a good stomach and chest. Push-ups and sit-ups are my go-to. It is the simplest routine and the best thing to maintain my stomach and chest. I'll do about 100 of each a day, usually when I'm already warmed up.
Just got to keep moving. Progress.
We don't just say this every spring training - 'Playoffs, World Series.' You've got to do it.
I'm going to prepare up to the best of my ability, either way. I'll alter it as I need to.
That is where I got my childhood memories, watching the Home Run Derby as a kid. Maybe some kids are watching me. I would like to return that.
The game is nine innings. It's not two, three. It doesn't matter if it's the fifth through the seventh or the seventh through the ninth. It's not two innings - it's nine.
They say in baseball, your little flaws will stick with you from the start. It's just how you can maintain and minimize them.
Just worry about the work you're doing and the process of that.
Everyone has the answer. Everyone has this. You just got to move slowly. You get good little bits of advice and go from there.
I know I have a lot of expectations to live up to, which I need to do and am willing to do.
I want to have records on the field and do things on the field. That's what this is about.
I have only a relatively tiny gap of being at my best, in my prime. And I want to make a difference during that time.
Why would you give me so much money and not try to win? What on earth is the point of that? They have to be serious about winning going forward. There's no other logical explanation.
I thought it'd be different. Kind of like, a lot of weight lifted off of my shoulders, as I don't have to worry about finances for the rest of my life, or my family's. But it wasn't like that. It was more - there's things I need to get done.