I didn't get over 1300 walks without knowing the strike zone.
This journey started about 42 years ago in a little town of Brunswick, Georgia.
I played the game one way. I gave it everything I had. It doesn't take any ability to hustle.
My God... What are the headlines going to be like on Monday if the Yankees don't make the playoffs?
Then there's Johnny Pesky, hit me countless number of ground balls and improved my fielding so much.
I have a message for the young kids. Life is about obstacles, endeavors in life are not to be overlooked.
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.
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.
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.
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.