I'm not perfect; no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. I think you try to learn from those mistakes.
I've been playing baseball since I was 5 or 6 years old. I've been on a schedule, pretty much, since I was in eighth, ninth grade. I look forward to not doing that.
I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong.
So many people are insanely busy nowadays, and it's easy to say, 'Ah, I'll workout tomorrow.' But you have to set aside a time and stick to that schedule.
You're playing a game, whether it's Little League or Game 7 of the Word Series. It's impossible to do well unless you're having a good time. People talk about pressure. Yeah, there's pressure. But I just look at it as fun.
You have to assume that everything you do is public knowledge. Everything. Because now everyone is a reporter. Everyone is a photographer.
What kind of influence did my parents have on my life? Well, they had the most influence. These are the people who are closest to me. My parents are very positive people. They've been supportive. They're always there.
There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do - and I believe that.
I have the greatest job in the world. Only one person can have it. You have shortstops on other teams - I'm not knocking other teams - but there's only one shortstop on the Yankees.
I think there's something wrong with me - I like to win in everything I do, regardless of what it is. You want to race down the street, I want to beat you. If we're playing checkers, I want to win. You beat me, it's going to bother me. I just enjoy competition.
I want to own a team one day. You know, that's my next goal.
Walking around sometimes, I would love to just be able to watch people, see how they act. Sometimes I would love to be invisible.
Surround yourself with good people. People who are going to be honest with you and look out for your best interests.
I've found that it's easier to stay in shape than it is to get into shape.
I always have tried to treat people with respect, the way I want to be treated.
I've always been very cautious with what I do. You know, that started at a young age. I always had the approach or the mentality I never wanted to embarrass my parents.
I've always had an interest in business, and my interest in business has really expanded over the years.
The big difference for me is that, as I get older, I find it's a lot easier to stay in shape than it is to get back in shape.
I get asked enough questions, I try not to ask too many questions.
I get nervous watching teammates. I get nervous for them. Late in the game, pressure situation, I'm nervous for them.
The number one priority is playing baseball. There are so many people in New York trying to get you to do this and get you to do that, which is fine, but you have to take care of yourself.
Your image isn't your character. Character is what you are as a person.
My hero's, my dreams, and my future lie in Yankee Stadium and they can't take that from me.
You gotta have fun. Regardless of how you look at it, we're playing a game. It's a business, it's our job, but I don't think you can do well unless you're having fun.
I looked up to my parents because they were very successful in what they wanted to do. I was lucky; I didn't have to look far for role models.
The Yankees have strict rules. You can have a mustache but no other facial hair.
I'd like to get a degree. You ever see the movie 'Back to School?' I'll go back with my kids.
I like to hit the gym early in the morning. I feel better throughout the day when I get in a workout first thing in the morning.
You tell me you want to race down the street, I'm going to try to beat you. My grandmother asks me to race down the street, I'm going to try to beat her. And I'll probably enjoy it. Competitive to a fault, sometimes.
You forget about it whether it was 15-2 or 3-2. It's still a loss. It doesn't matter what the score was if we win tomorrow.
If you're going to win games, you're going to have to come up with the big hits. That's the bottom line.
I think, a lot of times, players get in trouble when they're asked questions and they think they have to find a way to answer it. If you ask me a question and I say, 'I don't know,' there's really no follow-up.
I always appreciated the ex-players. Being a Yankee, you get spoiled. Old-Timers Day, all these guys coming back, spring training, being around them, you get a chance to get to know them. So I always think you learn a lot by listening.
It's never over. You don't want to be in the position to be down four runs in the ninth inning, but it's not over until the last out.
I can have fun anywhere, as long as I'm with good people. But in the offseason, I like to go somewhere warm, a nice spot in the Caribbean.
I try to sign for as many kids as possible. Kids come first, and I'll always sign for a kid before an adult. It's funny, because I was never big into autographs as a kid. The only player who I ever wanted an autograph from was Dave Winfield.
I like to dance and sing when there's no one around, but, if I'm out, I'm really shy about it. So it takes a lot to get me going, but I enjoy being around music.
I've always been very aware of what I'm saying, but I'm also aware of what you're saying. I always want to make sure that my point is clear.
If you're going to play at all, you're out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose.
I try to stay as private as possible; I know that's difficult, especially playing here in New York, but I make an attempt at it.
Through time you learn from your experiences. I think I've learned to deal with people a little bit better over time. That in particular has developed a little bit.