Perez hit that ball, but it wasn't like he actually knew what was coming. He just reacted to it, threw the head of the bat on it and it hit the wall. I made the pitch I wanted to, and he happened to hit it. He's a strong kid.
Giles actually put something else in my coconut to learn from. He ran like somebody was chasing him.
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.
When I go to the plate, I think about putting the ball in play. It's important to get on base and get some walks, but I don't go to the plate thinking of walking.
Georgie Porgie, he might buy the whole league, but he doesn't have enough money to buy fear to put in my heart.
I tried to hold them, tried to do whatever possible, but couldn't do it,
I didn't feel as good as I would like to, but I feel pretty good. Their concentration level was so high that every time I made a mistake, they hit them out.
It's always hard. I felt like I was in command of the game -- and all of a sudden, in two pitches, I lost it. It was a little bit frustrating. I did whatever possible to give my team an opportunity to win, and I blew it at the end. No excuses. They battled and never gave up.
Seemed like it was going to be an easy day at the office for the whole team. It was, only for me.
I believe I have a responsibility that goes along with the money I make. I can help a lot of people.
I just guess I have to give them credit, ... For them to actually take advantage of my mistakes and hit them out - it wasn't just playing the game hard, but also to keep their concentration level so high that every time I made a mistake - they were my mistakes ï¿½ that they hit them out.
We needed this, ... This is probably the biggest road trip for us.
You have to execute. You have to sacrifice your body.
I could sense I didn't have my best stuff. I tried to hold them as long as I could.
You can't have a family when you're playing because you're away from home so much. So believe me, I won't be pitching forever. I won't make it to 300 wins or anything like that. No way.
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 like the challenge. I do not like the attention.
Some of the things I've done are really special.
I know I achieved a lot, and I know I have my little share of respect, but when you talk about playoffs, there is no time to be mad, there is no time to complain, there is no soreness that you can't overcome or pain, sometimes, and I hope I continue to do it. I am going to leave my heart out there f
lay down for at least 20 days in a row.
I get a lot of kids distracted. Sometimes they got to go cover left field, but they're over here talking to me, getting an autograph.
I think in the World Series it was easy for me to relax. I had a space to actually make mistakes. But the way we're looking right now, we're not going to last very long.
I had the opportunity to go with some other teams. But I didn't consider those teams to be contenders, and I was right.
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.
I was as big as I could be. I made good pitches and did whatever possible.
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.
We're facing a good team, a smart team, ... Right now, they're on top of their game and we're not.
Oh believe me, I was fully aware and I tried as hard as I could,
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 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.