I feel pretty good, ... To not swing a baseball bat in almost a year, no spring training, and go to a college and hit in a cage for a week and come out here and face major league pitching ... like I try to tell these guys, 'If I give you a little, it's a lot in this stage.'
We talked about my knee and took a few X-rays. After looking at the X-rays, we decided it would be a good idea to drain the knee. This draining is to make sure there isn't any infection and that I'm healing properly. Overall everything looks positive.
I just want to win a championship. I'm playing to win a championship. That's the only thing that keeps me going. ... The only thing keeping me in the game of baseball right now is trying to win a championship for the team, trying to win a championship with a bunch of guys.
There's just no doubt in my mind that I can keep playing the game at a high level.
I've played a long time. I've had a lot of fun doing it. We'll tackle that bridge when it happens. I'll sit back and talk with my family and take a long, long vacation and see how I feel. I could do that and get in the wintertime and say, That's enough,' and somewhere in January wake up and say, That's not enough.
Why would I have that I've never had a realistic game number ever in my career. If you're in the lineup, you play. If you're not, you don't.
I always look around. I always do. I don't listen to them.
You guys are re-running stories. This is old stuff. It's like watching Sanford and Son . It's almost comical, basically.... Are you guys jealous, upset, disappointed, what
It's good to know my instincts haven't gone anywhere, ... With each swing I felt more and more comfortable in there. I'd have to admit that I was satisfied with the results.
Right now, this record, everybody's thrilled about it. Everybody wants to make their opinions about it, and it's all good. I'm happy with it. Make your opinions. I'm going to go out there and play ball and just kick butt.
The doctors say it's wise for me to work out hard this winter and be ready to go next season,
I'll never tell my wife to hurry up any more. Because it took me forever to get ready.
It's not the name that makes the player. It's the player.
Everybody wants to get to the playoffs. You can just see it in the dugout that everybody wanted to win. If you get behind, sometimes you can just give up. No one gave up. Our pitching did a great job.
As long as guys around you keep swinging the bat good, they've got to come to you eventually. You've just got to be patient. ... That's how you win games. Everybody has to do it.
I'm just as nervous as anybody, thinking about, 'Am I going to be able to make it the whole game
I don't judge them. I have to concentrate on baseball. I leave that up to you guys to make those statements in the paper.
I don't sign for white people.
Yes, Todd is the one that told me a few years ago that I could improve my performance by using The Cream and The Clear. He told me it was just an ointment that would help my arthritis, and I firmly believe that.
If Opening Day was tomorrow and I had to go out there, I'd go out there. It's what I get paid to do.
As a fan, sure, you might be a little bit disappointed. I owe my teammates first, but, I will give you the common courtesy and respect of showing up.
You wanted me to jump off the bridge I finally have jumped. You wanted to bring me down you've finally brought me and my family down. You've finally done it. So now go pick a different person.
I feel good that we won because we always have bad times here in Colorado. They always seem to come back and beat us. I'm just glad we won, that's it.
I have so much on my shoulders, so much weight on my back. Constantly climbing that hill is getting a lot harder and harder by the day. But I'm going to climb it, no matter what.
I like to be against the odds.
I may hit the ball 410 feet and the next one isn't going to go 410 feet, ... Maybe I'll grab my ribcage. That's life. I'm OK with it.
I did pretty well today, ... When I get back on the field, I want to be playing where I left off.
When my name was first announced for the WBC, my gut reaction was that I wanted to play. After much thought and discussion with my family I have decided to remove myself from the upcoming World Baseball Classic roster.
No. I don't have to. I mean I'm a good enough ballplayer as it is.
I've never cared about records anyway. So what difference does it make Right now, I'm telling you, I don't even want to play next year. Baseball is a fun sport. But I'm not having fun. I love the game of baseball itself, but I don't like what it's turned out to be. I'm not mad at anybody. It's just that right now I am not proud to be a baseball player.
I'm happy with what I've already done. If I get it, I get it if I don't, so be it. That's life, baby. That's life. It was fun while it lasted.
When you've got the excitement I've created -- my home runs are a lottery ticket -- then you've got a city that's excited, ... If you win, you're going to create excitement, but you've got to win games. You can't not win and expect people to come to baseball games.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm not jealous of anybody. I'm proud of what Mark McGwire did I'm proud of what Sammy did. They lifted the game.
I have no doubt in my mind my playing ability, ... I can still play the game at a high level. I just have a short period of time and hopefully it doesn't hurt the team. That's the one thing that goes in the back of my mind. They've been there all year. Their timing is a little bit better than mine. I'm having to make fast adjustments for 20 baseball games.
We thought we were going to do it today, ... and in the fifth inning Tuesday night we were told it was cancelled.
Everything is going perfect -- everyone is pleased about it. The right knee brace I got from Dr. Art Ting feels great. It's up to the trainers when I play. I'm taking it one day at a time. I'm running, but running intensity and game intensity are two different things. There's a lot of pain, but I don't think about it.
I have a .300 average. It's fun right now. We're playing good, our team is good, everybody's happy right now. It's just a good feeling all the way around right now.
We'll be the oldest outfield in baseball history. A real Medicare unit.
If I can play in 2007, I'm going to play if I can't I won't. If my knee holds up, I'll keep on going. I'm playing psychological games with myself right now. I don't want to set myself up for disappointment if things don't work out this season. So I go bac
They gave me the silent treatment. It took me back quite a few years. It was fun.
There is nothing better than walking out and hitting a home run.
I don't know what my future is.
I want to thank you all for your e-mails and the words of support and encouragement yesterday. There are a lot of exciting things going on in baseball right now. I would like to congratulate Team USA on their win over Mexico. I continue to be focused about this spring and the upcoming season. Later, Barry Bonds.
As talented as he is, ... I don't think he'll have to make a lot of major adjustments.
I wouldn't bother. I'd call it quits. Wait till October next year, then I'd quit. ... A normal person can't go through that and still come back and play. You'd have to wait a year at least.
I never chased Hank to begin with. I just want to win championships. That's all I want to do. That's the only thing I'm playing for, the only thing that's keeping me going.
It's called talent. I just have it. I can't explain it. You either have it or you don't.
That's the first time somebody threw something like that.
San Francisco is my home. That's the love of my life right there. Thinking that there could be a possibility, just hypothetically, to go somewhere else and DH or something like that, I really don't want to think about that at this time right now.
You don't see me bringing anyone else into this. I'm going to take it myself. And I'm going to take it because there's so many people who depend on me.
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