It stuck with me for quite a while.
I've lived that lifetime of doing it and regretting it. But not at all now. It was, what? Thirty years ago?
I'd just tell him, `Great catch,' ... He looked like he was being careful. He knew where he was at the time and place and that he was going to miss it or catch it and not injure himself. My situation was different. I wasn't under control like him and my angle was different-I was going straight back. It could happen (to Ichiro), if he weren't so controlled and graceful.
I was a speed, stolen base, agility kind of guy. I lost my balance and my ability to be something special.
It's not a pretty sight at the beach. But it only hurts when I go skiing. I'm less than 100 percent, but I can make a pitching change and argue with an umpire. And that's all I need to do.
Unique, ... That wasn't that terrible of a team, I guess.
I only know what I read [in the press].
If the people making all the big decisions in baseball don't know the difference between all-star exhibition games and a competition between true champions, they shouldn't be in the decision-making process to begin with.
I haven't been offered a contract to manage anywhere next year, so any talk on where I might manage would be premature.
I talked with [team representatives] today and we're still trying to work out all the details.
I'm happy here...I have no other thought.
Rule No. 1 is you don't make the third out at third base with Mike Piazza coming up.
We were talking, but we never talked about a contract. I was part of the Dodgers, and I always will be, but we just didn't have the right timing. I had a job and I wasn't looking. That's why I was flattered even to be considered.
When I had the opportunity to talk to people from those organizations, we were in the Asian Series [which the Marines also won]. When decision time was coming for those teams, without leaving them hanging, I was in a parade with my owner. It wasn't a situation I could actually remove myself from.
I think communication is the most overrated buzzword I've ever heard.
Understanding the use of an adjective or an adverb and figuring out verb tenses won't help you play baseball in the States. It's all about learning pitchers and teammates.
Our pitchers threw certain pitches to help the Japanese scouts watching. I guess I am a little partial.