I never gave up, even when people told me I'd never make it.
We ended like we started. We came up one game short. But the guys should be very proud of what they've accomplished.
The sad thing, ... is seasons like this don't come around every year. You never know when you will get another shot.
There were two teams that manhandled us last year, Chicago and Tampa Bay. It was just the worst-case scenario that we had to play them seven times at the end of the season when we were right in the race. Any other team, we probably would have been there. We were beating everybody else, but for some reason, Tampa Bay had our number, and so did Chicago.
If I stink, I'm not going to play just to collect a paycheck.
Other than that one game in Chicago, I've had an OK start.
There's huge satisfaction in that, but I've got to credit all the doctors and trainers in Cleveland.
I hope it doesn't happen again that it gets out of hand, but yes, it is something to think about. We have to come out and get it done.
[Reaching 45 or 50], it's kind of to judge yourself against them, with having that many opportunities to be able to go out there night after night in a pressure situation and handle it.
To get up in there and by right around the top three or four in the league, I can say, 'Yes, I was one of those guys for one year that was able to save a bunch of games,'.
Their durability is impressive. All aspects of this team are getting it done. The hitters have come on strong, the bullpen has been solid. But it all starts right out there with the starters.
I just don't see why you are picking at him. He answered the question.
If I was in the same situation, my family would come first also. We're all behind him.
It's been a team effort. Guys have been stepping up all year.
I hear a lot of what is said about me on those shows, and it really ticks me off. Guys who call and blast me will have an effect on whether I want to come back here next season.
It would be sweeter, ... Everybody would like to see the Yankees not make the postseason one year. If Boston wins that division, and we do our job by beating the Yankees, it would be a tremendous thing. It means we're playing good baseball against a team that sets the standard for good baseball.
[Indians reliever Arthur Rhodes has left the club because of a family illness and will miss the rest of Cleveland's season, a blow to baseball's best bullpen and the club's playoff chances.] It's going to be tough without him, ... He has been huge for us all year. We're definitely going to miss him.