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A lot of times my wife asks me that question. She always says [she gets] more nervous than [me] on the mound. I tell her when you drive a car and you're the driver, you know what to do, [like when] you go 100 m.p.h. in Venezuela. People in the passenger seat can be scared, but the guy who is driving the car is not scared. It's the same on the mound. I have confidence in my pitches. If I throw good pitches, they will not hit the ball.
The way we were perceived the entire year, all until the last out (in the World Series) really...the players didn't get many accolades from the national scene. The way I figured it, before me, they certainly should get (recognition). So if they are not getting it, I don't want it. We are all in this together.
It's a horse-(bleep) job. If you win, you get paid two million dollars. If you lose, you get fired.
When I see Wally Joyner, Ken Caminiti and Jose Canseco talk about it, they make me puke. They're full of (bleep). You know why? Whatever happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse. I see these former players talking (bleep) about the game, and it's not right.
They think they know baseball, but they don't know (bleep). If people on the radio were so smart, they'd be in the (bleep) dugout with me. Every time the media second-guesses you, it's after something happens, not before.
It's hard to put your finger on it. You have to have a dullness of mind and spirit to play here. I went through pyschoanalysis and that helped me deal with my Cubness.
The only bad thing about being released by the Cubs is that they made me keep my season tickets.
Through the scoreboard? You can't see through the scoreboard because there were so many numbers on it.
A teacher and a leader, he was all of that and more. He signed me to my first contract with the Cubs, and then he walked me into the Hall of Fame. He was the most positive person that I have ever been around. I transferred that into my life. What he did with his mind and his heart and his spirit...he wanted to bridge the gap of black baseball players playing in the major leagues. He scouted me and Lou Brock, Billy Williams, and just about every black player who played baseball back then. He scouted Pumpsie Green, who was the first black player for the Boston Red Sox, and Elston Howard, who was the first black player for the Yankees. He saw them and he identified their talent. He helped build my confidence so I would know what to do and what to say and where to go -- all of that. Then when he came to the Cubs as a coach, I was changing from shortstop to first base and he helped me make that transition. It was almost like he was put on this earth just for me. The travesty was that Buck O'Neil was not elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. All of those people whose lives he touched and played with...it is a travesty. It really hurt my heart. It hurt me. I wish I could surrender my election to baseball's Hall of Fame to him, because I always felt that he deserved it more than I did.
Sure I steal bases. I just like to do it 4 at a time.
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