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I just want to play baseball.
– David Ortiz
Sometimes when you’re fighting, fighting, fighting, the mind needs some time off and you regroup and get back to normal.
My mom, she wasn’t like a baseball mother who knew everything about the game. She just wanted me to be happy with what I was doing.
A lot of people write books not at the end of their career. Why you gotta wait until then? When you’re momentum’s going, that’s when people really want to get to know about you.
I just come do what I’ve got to do, play my game. And I don’t worry if anybody likes it.
I stress a lot, sometimes.
My mom, she’s still always there for me. Always.
I showed people that it’s not about guessing what people can do. It’s about saying, ‘Here, show me what you can do.’
What I don’t want to do is just play for the sake of playing.
I come to play everyday.
The fans know that I don’t give at-bats away.
I try to do things the right way.
My teammates are the best.
I try to be as quiet as I can at the plate, but still aggressive.
I’m the kind of guy that I never forget my teammates.
Through the years I’ve been getting better and better and better, and it’s what you learn though the seasons.
I just love the feeling from the fans and when I’m walking on deck I can hear people screaming and wishing you the best. That puts you into the game more than anything.
My whole career, my swing has always been the most important thing to me. Even when I’m taking a shower, I work on my swing.
Sometimes you just don’t feel the same everyday, it doesn’t matter what you do, but when you have people looking forward to seeing you perform for them, that puts you in the mood, and that’s natural in Boston. That’s why it’s such a special place to play.
You just have to go as far as you can go. Everyone works his way up.
You don’t get better as you get older in your career. It’s not natural to have your best years late in your career. So I’m trying to do whatever I can to keep my body feeling good for as long as I can.
Trust me, I play the game for the fans, my family and myself.
I swing hard all the time. That’s what I’ve done my whole life – hit.
I’m a winner, I play to win, I want to make good things go on around me.
Negativity doesn’t help me.
I’m the same guy I’ve always been. I’m the same guy now as when I was hitting 50 home runs. I don’t change.