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" Only God knows why I didn't make it with the Mets, but yes, in a short period of time, I got the opportunity with the Phillies. "
" Whether you like it or not, the last few years I'd be the first one to tell you I haven't been the Pedro Martinez that I'm used to being. "
" The game doesn't change. "
" Actually the adrenaline of the game will probably help me out a little bit to regain command and concentration about the things that I have to do. "
" I wasn't playing mind games with anybody, I just said what I said. I am responsible for it, but I wish everybody would fall asleep for that one and let me go out there and do my thing. "
" I understand business and understand the ugly face of baseball, which is the business part of baseball. "
" Some other things I don't miss: the media and the pressure of just being asked to do, and being asked questions every day. "
" My brother never got an opportunity to throw a pitch, and I didn't want the same thing to happen to another young kid. "
" I'm open to play for anybody that would give me respect, treat me the right way, and actually going to make me feel comfortable. "
" I get a lot of kids distracted. Sometimes they got to go cover left field, but they're over here talking to me, getting an autograph. "
" I just try to do what I have to do and let the people out there do what they have to do, which is have fun, scream, yell and jump around. I try to do what I have to do, which is play baseball, and I can only play in that piece of area there, so that's what I try to do. "
" I doubt that I will get involved with politics. That's something I don't have in me. "
" I'm thankful for not ever taking anything illegal. "
" If I wanted to pitch that bad, I probably would. But I don't think I'm in that stage. "
" I had the opportunity to go with some other teams. But I didn't consider those teams to be contenders, and I was right. "
" Before, if I wasn't in baseball, I wanted to become a doctor. "
" None of the teams that actually probably were offering me a job from the getgo, actually in spring training, are in the playoffs right now. "
" I do miss competing, being out there - the atmosphere, I do miss it. "
" You have to execute. You have to sacrifice your body. "
" I believe that if you're healthy, you're capable of doing everything. There's no one else who can give you health but God, and by being healthy I believe that God is listening to me. "
" If you want to follow some good steps, it would Proverbs, all over. "
" I keep active because I have not announced my retirement, because that is something that takes time and you have to plan it. Plus, it is something that the Dominican people expected. "
" My first ball I ever got from a Big League player I actually got to purchase in Dodger Stadium in a silent auction, was Reggie Jackson. "