|Born: (1958-06-15) June 15, 1958
My God… What are the headlines going to be like on Monday if the Yankees don’t make the playoffs?
Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right.
In life, so many things are taken for granted, but one thing I can honestly say is that I took every day, enjoyed the game of putting on that uniform and playing the great game of baseball.
This journey started about 42 years ago in a little town of Brunswick, Georgia.
The owner of the New York Yankees, Mr. George Steinbrenner who I had the greatest respect for, I want to thank him for giving me the opportunity to win that special ring in 1996.
I have a message for the young kids. Life is about obstacles, endeavors in life are not to be overlooked.
One guy that I wish was here right now, Ted Williams, helped me so much, our long talks, not about hitting but about fishing, one of Ted’s passions, and I wish he was here today to share this with me because I owe so much to Ted Williams.
Humbled by the fact that never in a million years would I ever thought that I would be on the same stage with all these great Hall of Famers and enshrined to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Looking back on those days and little leaguer, the Hall of Fame is not even a blinking star, but through baseball travels and moving up the ladder, that star begins to flicker.
Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but the attitude we bring to life.
I played the game one way. I gave it everything I had. It doesn’t take any ability to hustle.
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.
Then there’s Johnny Pesky, hit me countless number of ground balls and improved my fielding so much.