The word 'potential' used to hang over me like a cloud.
When you win, you want more of it. You can't win enough.
I expect to win. I've never been content with anything I've ever done.
When you can throw 97 miles an hour and put the ball over the plate anytime you want, it's fun.
I threw a lot of balls and walked a lot of batters. Not something I'm proud of, but something I learned from.
I'm tired of people questioning me because of my age. If you looked at my numbers and watched me throw and covered my birthdate, would age be an issue?
I learned a lot from not having success, and realizing when you do have success, how hard it is to maintain it, and what you have to do to maintain it.
I've refined my mechanics, refined my pitches. I've gotten more confidence, and I've gotten more determination. I've got a better idea what I'm doing out there.
I had a long conversation with Steve Carlton. He told me that on the days he pitched, he felt it was his responsibility to make everyone around him better, to lift his teammates. That's what I try to do.
Maybe I've lost a little, but I think everyone does over time. People have been writing that I'm getting old every year, and eventually they're going to be right. There's nobody in this game that's doing the same things they once did in the peak years of their career.