I am a firm believer in if you can’t get it the old fashioned way, you don’t need it.
It’s all about the attitude, gut, heart and determination to go out and give 120% every time to try and help the team win.
I took a lot of things for granted – especially how I treated my body.
Don’t plan to repent at the 11th hour – you may die at 10:30.
Don’t run too fast through life. You only have one.
Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.
I love going out and doing new things.
I was a pitcher, shortstop and outfielder, and the Yankees tried to sign me out of high school as a first-round draft pick in 1981. I turned them down to go to college.
I taught myself how to pole vault in one day. The next day I entered a meet to pole vault and won it all for the state of Alabama.
Baseball and football are very different games. In a way, both of them are easy. Football is easy if you’re crazy as hell. Baseball is easy if you’ve got patience. They’d both be easier for me if I were a little more crazy – and a little more patient.
By doing that and being very competitive, the grown-ups started telling me even back before I started playing organized ball that I was too physical and too advanced for the kids my own age.
I hate to blow my own horn, but I gave a lot of people fits.