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" Be aggressive... That's the type of pitcher I am. I go as hard as I can for as long as I can and see where the cards fall. "
" I certainly think that Southerners are tough, and I take pride in that. "
" To be called a Cy Young award winner is something I could have never imagined ever happening to me. I'm just always amazed at the blessings that came my way over the years. "
" If you talk with a Southern accent, it's perceived as though you are slow. That's not the case. I've met just as many dumb people who talk without an accent as with. "
" I'm so into the Boss and who he is, and I've read all his books, and I've watched every DVD, and I love every bit of his music: I would hate for, like, something to happen and ruin it for me. You know what I mean? "
" There's not a ballpark I've ever played in as a visitor or home that has the historic feel and energy that Fenway Park has. "
" Music runs my life. I can't imagine going a day without it. "
" Think about the past to learn, but move forward. "
" Bochy is my guy. He raised me in the game; I was 20-years-old and as green as any grapes as you've ever seen on a vine. He took care of me, taught me how to be a professional, and taught me how to get my work done. "
" Singing in public makes me very uncomfortable. "
" People also think Christians are very passive people, and that drives me crazy as an athlete because if you watch me play and compete, I'm the furthest thing from passive that you'll see on the baseball field. I love to compete, and I love to win. "
" I got traded in the middle of an injury - my ankle injury - so in '09, I came back and just kind of flukishly had some success. I was far, far from healthy. I came back in 2010 still nursing that ankle injury. Yeah, it was a rough, rough go. My first few years in Chicago were not much fun. "
" I remember, as a kid, my grandfather would grab my temples and say, 'You've got to focus, Jake. You've got to focus.' "
" Jesus means life to me. Jesus is our savior. When I think about Jesus, I think about the sacrifice He made so that we may have eternal life. I can certainly tell you I'm not afraid to die, and I certainly have a peace about my life. "
" I think I was about seven years old, and I remember I was at Moffat Road Baptist Church, where I grew up with all my friends and family and probably didn't understand nearly enough, but I knew enough to understand I wanted to be saved and wanted Jesus to be Lord of my life. What an awesome experience. "
" When it's my last year, I'll probably let people know when that last pitch is thrown and say thanks and walk away. "
" I love the outdoors. I love getting to hunt and fish and work on the land and ride our horses. "
" Life isn't always great, but it's all about how we react to things. "
" When you get to the big leagues, the talent pool is on such a level playing field, you have to find a way to separate yourself from incredibly talented guys. Especially when you go through the injuries that I've had, you come back, and you might not physically be able to do some of the things you used to do. "
" Baseball is my first love, and it's what I know, and it's what I'll do until I can't do it anymore, and I'm still hungry to do that. "
" I hope people don't get angry at me when I do start yelling and stuff, because I promise you it's all that competitive energy, and I want to win with every last ounce in me. "
" I wear my emotions on my sleeve. If I keep that bottled up, it's not going to be good. It's all going to come out at some point in time. I would rather it come out in little bits and pieces than me try to hold it in. "
" I've been a part of a couple of Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia nights, and watching the Dead's fan base be so passionate reminds me of what Jerry was so much about, making the community a better place. "
" I can say this: I'm not going to be some guy hanging around and trying to make every last dime in this game. I mean, I'm really going to let the game just decide it for me. "
" Other guys like to go golfing, but music is my hobby. "