Not only for what he did in baseball, but for the reason he lost his life. If I had something to do with it, I would have his number retired here and throughout the Dominican Republic. He's a national hero in the Dominican Republic.
I'm thankful for not ever taking anything illegal.
It was just a night for struggles,
I wasn't playing mind games with anybody, I just said what I said. I am responsible for it, but I wish everybody would fall asleep for that one and let me go out there and do my thing.
I was as big as I could be, ... I did whatever possible. I can't really predict when a guy's going to bounce the ball in front of the plate, then kill you with the speed like Giles did.
I tried to hold them, tried to do whatever possible, couldn't do it, ... There was no one moment where I gave up on what I wanted to do. I just couldn't execute it. I'm human. There were no excuses. They just got to me. That's all.
That really never happened to me before, ... I learned something different. Franco was running, and I knew I had to try to get him. I looked at the replay and the coach never sent [Giles]. He just ran like somebody was chasing him.
None of the teams that actually probably were offering me a job from the getgo, actually in spring training, are in the playoffs right now.
I don't go out there expecting no-hitters or anything like that. I go out there trying to make things happen, actually expecting them to hit the ball, but where I want, not precisely where they want to. That's what happened today, and I was lucky enough to be flirting with a no-hitter.
I was as big as I could be. I made good pitches and did whatever possible.
The bigger the contract, the bigger the responsibility.
Actually the adrenaline of the game will probably help me out a little bit to regain command and concentration about the things that I have to do.
I actually realized that I was somebody important, because I caught the attention of 60,000 people, plus the whole world watching a guy that if you reverse time back 15 years ago, I was sitting under a mango tree without 50 cents to pay for a bus.
Every time I feel mad or something, I run somewhere. It gets my frustrations away. I run and run and run.
My brother never got an opportunity to throw a pitch, and I didn't want the same thing to happen to another young kid.
You have to execute. You have to sacrifice your body. Pedro Martine
Seemed like it was going to be an easy day at the office for the whole team. It was, only for me.
At my Mom's house on the farm, it get's so dark, you look at the stars and and you feel like you can just reach out and grab them. I love her so much and I love this place so much, it hurts. I stay here because I need to find myself again after playing in the States. Here it's me talking. It's my so
Some other things I don't miss: the media and the pressure of just being asked to do, and being asked questions every day.
I'm not in the big leagues just because I'm cute.
Baseball is a game of the soul.
Before, if I wasn't in baseball, I wanted to become a doctor.
lay down for at least 20 days in a row.
I'm open to play for anybody that would give me respect, treat me the right way, and actually going to make me feel comfortable.
I'm human. No excuses. Hey, they got to me. That's all.
Oh believe me, I was fully aware and I tried as hard as I could,
Georgie Porgie, he might buy the whole league, but he doesn't have enough money to buy fear to put in my heart.
I guess I just have to give them credit, ... Every time I made a mistake, they hit them out.
We're in the same position we were in yesterday.
You have to execute. You have to sacrifice your body.