I didn’t think I’d be getting a contract at 34. That wasn’t in my mind.
– Ben Zobrist
We’ve got to do better at taking care of players and making sure the fans get the best of the players when they’re showcasing their abilities.
Outfield to infield is the most jarring because in the outfield, you have much more time to throw.
I never even thought about playing professionally. I didn’t think that was a possibility for a little kid from Illinois.
In the minor leagues, previous to 2008, I took a lot of pitches. I prided myself on on-base percentage. I made sure that I made the pitcher work.
I was kind of a slap hitter, trying to get base hits, hit line drives, stay below a certain trajectory with my ball.
A lot of times, if you stay in the present and focus on getting the most out of yourself today, then things work out the way they’re supposed to.
Out in the field, I feel like I’m flexible enough to where I’m comfortable at different positions, wherever they want to put me.
When I move to second after playing right field, I feel like my action has gotten too deliberate, and I have to switch back into that quicker, boom-boom infield mode.
One of my best friends, James Miller, managed to find the only Cubs hat that is all red.
You have to catch the breaks.
When the ball was hit, my first reaction as a shortstop was always go in the direction of the ball. You can’t do that at first base. You go too far in that direction, and it’s hard to scurry back and be ready to pick the throw.
I was so engrossed in my sport, I wasn’t thinking about the future from God’s standpoint. I was thinking about just my sporting future.
I’ve always loved the infield, because I came up as an infielder.
Like anybody else that goes and does their job, there’s a way to do your job with excellence.
I’m a manager’s player, in a way, because he can use me in a lot of different ways, and I’m willing to do that.
I have family and friends who are strong Cardinal fans, and they are having a tough time since I signed. They want to root for me, but rooting for the Cubs is next to a sin.
There were always kids better than me. Because of that, I had to learn to be a role player and do my part.