To a certain extent, I enjoy failure. It's part of the game. There's always room to grow; there's room to improve.
I never want to play timid or scared of anything, especially when my pitcher or my teammates are out there going 100 percent.
If I'm making consistent contact, even if they're outs or right at somebody, if I'm just making consistent contact, I'm happy.
In baseball, you have to remain calm, cool, and collected. In football, you can let out a little anger sometimes. It was a fun game, and I liked it, but I knew in my heart I was going to play baseball.
I know I wouldn't be a New York Yankee if it wasn't for my mom: the guidance she gave me as a kid growing up, knowing the difference from right and wrong, how to treat people and how to go the extra mile and put in extra work, all that kind of stuff.
You define great players as guys that are out there grinding, battling every day with their team.
You have to earn your job every day.
The ups and downs, that's baseball life. That's what I live for, play for.
I think it was like, 'I don't look like you, Mom. I don't look like you, Dad. Like, what's going on here?' They just kind of told me I was adopted. I was like, 'OK, that's fine with me.'
You have to have a great fielder at shortstop, and you've got to have a guy that has good range and good hands in center field.