BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ
"Why do people sing take me out to the ballgame if they're already there?"
"Before, it was
all I ever thought about. Right now, with my family, my daughter has her first birthday coming up. I'm very excited about
it. I think I'm going to be a clown and get a nice costume. That's really all I'm worried about right now"
"To look right next to me at Derek, it's going to be exciting and fun."
"I love Derek and I'm his biggest fan. I look at him like a brother."
"It's going to be an interesting series, with or without me. New York, Boston doesn't need any extra gas,
“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.”
“I only look forward. I can’t get all caught up in what I’ve
done. I still have plenty to accomplish in the game. Hopefully, I’m just scratching the surface.”
“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 like to score and drive in runs more than pay attention to batting
“You always dream about being on a baseball card. It’s kind
of funny when you finally see it.”
“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.”
“My mother’s the most special person in my life...I consider her my
MVP: Most Valuable Parent.”
“I hate the word ‘potential’—potential means you
haven’t gotten it done.”
“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.”
“If my team could win and I hit .240, I wouldn’t care. The
only thing I want to do is win. That’s what I play the game for.”
“You can never be perfect in this game. Until you hit 1.000 and
make no errors, you can always improve.”
“I’ve been Michael Jordan in Latin countries for years.
I know what I mean to all Latinos and what this game means to them. Baseball is in their blood.”
'I want to build a positive image that will last my career.”
“I have incredible motivation to go out and improve every day.”
“Not one day goes by when I don’t remind myself of how grateful
I am for those who came before me over the last 25 years. When I see players like Mike Schmidt and Johnny Bench, I thank them.”
“I feel like I'm getting close. I like playing at the Stadium. I
like hitting at the Stadium.”
“There's no place like New York. And I found out that until you
go through it for a season, you really don't know it.”
“I do my best hitting when I'm walking. That means I'm relaxed and
my pitch recognition is a lot better.”
“I don't care if people like me or not. Respect is more important.”
"I love the challenge of the game. I love the work. My goal is to have a season that will make
people forget the last. I'm pumped. I'm hungry."
"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."
"Always follow your dreams, don't let anyone tell you that you can't be something."
"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."
"Some things are meant to be and if it was you will know it."
"I want to be known as a good major-leauger.. and good major-leaugers work to become good"
"I want to step forward. I don't want to step on anyone's toes doing it. If I do, too bad."
'I'd rather have a gold glove than a silver slugger. Defense is so much more of a team game and one of my
goals this year is to make less than 25 errors."
"We have a responsibility not just as atheletes but as members of society to treat people well, to do things
the right way."
"Leadership is a role you have to earn in order to be effective."
"You can take my cars or my house... just don't mess with my clothes."
"I'm not impulsive at all--except about buying clothes. That's my biggest weakness"
"I have a love affair with the game of baseball that is so sincere and genuine-I don't know. I don't
know where it comes from, to be honest with you."
ABOUT ALEX RODRIGUEZ
"There is a strong feeling a player can't be MVP if his team isn't among the eight to make the playoffs. And
I'm an Albert Belle fan- no,no apologies- but Alex Rodriguez is the MVP, barring a collapse in the final weekend of play.
He leads Belle in virtually every stat execpt homers and RBI's, and he's a highly skilled defender at a premier skill position."
"Defense can't be measured, but it makes a player valuable. No one but Rodriguez can be considered."-Brady
"We expected him to hit for some power. But not like this." -Lou Pinella
“I’m Alex’s biggest fan. I brag on him so much that
my teammates are sick of me talking about him.” -Derek Jeter
“Our styles are pretty much alike. Alex has a really good chance
to be the best shortstop ever.” -Cal Ripken
"You cannot but a World Series ring on the streets. Ask Alex Rodriguez. He's got millions of dollars
and no rings. That's why I say, 'God bless Derek Jeter,' He's got a lot of money and a lot of money." -Ozzie Guillen
“It’s obvious to everyone he’s a special player. The
thing that impresses me most is his maturity on the field.” -Cal Ripken
“The sky’s the limit with Alex. He is a natural.”
-Ken Griffey Jr.
“Boy, he makes the game look easy with some of the things he does.”
“He’s the best player in the game.” -Rafael Palmeiro
“The way he’s going, someday he might bat .400 and hit 60
home runs.” -Dan Duquette
“He’s got it all—power, speed, good hands and range.”
“He is without a doubt the best player in baseball, but I only
hope that someday he might be as a good a player as he is a person.” -Jerry Narron
“He’s not afraid to pull people aside if they’re not
pulling their weight.” -Johnny Oates
“We knew Alex had a lot of potential, but I don’t think
people were expecting all this.” -Edgar Martinez
“Everyone sees him as the 252-million-Dollar Man, but I still
see him as just Alex. We talk about life, how things are going. He’s still got that kid in him.” -Rich Hofman
“He has a unique sense of baseball history and his place in it.”-Rich
“He’s full of desire, the way he prepares himself. Just by watching him, you keep learning all the
time.” -Ricky Ledee
“Every big league player should aspire to be like Alex Rodriguez.”
“I think there's always going to be some doubt until he does something
[special] to be accepted at the pinstriped gates and into the pinstriped corral.” -Reggie Jackson
"Ken Griffey Jr. is the best in the game, but for a shortstop to play well defensively and put up thoes #'s?
How can he not be the MVP?" -Dennis Eckersley