I think you have to be respectful to the people who want to talk to you.
D.C. fans, I think, are so good. They just come up to me, and they’re so nice and so polite and just, ‘Hey, I hope you have a great career,’ and ‘How are you doing, everything’s good?’ That’s pretty much where they leave it at.
I’ve always talked to the media. I’m pretty respectful to the media.
My dad, he worked rebar, an ironworker. Watching my pops get up every single morning, going into work, working hard – I think that really made me want to work that hard, wanted to make me get up early and go for a run or get a lift in or get some extra hitting in and really try to better myself every day.
I expect perfection from myself.
I don’t want everybody to just see the baseball side of me.
I think I play center field better than I do anywhere else. I have enough speed and enough reaction to know where the ball goes off the bat.
I always wanted to be a major-league baseball player.
I’m not trying to fit in with nobody. I’m just me.
Baseball needs more superstars.
People say, ‘Weren’t you deprived of your childhood?’ No way. I would not take anything back at all. Everything about it was great. I got to go places, meet people, play baseball against older kids and better competition. I had a great time.
I want my teammates to know I have their backs.
You don’t ever want to go out there and not be the best. You want to be the best cop that you can. Be the best writer you can be. Everybody has their goals. Everybody has their dreams.
I love the way people talk crap. I hear it all the time. ‘Overrated.’ ‘You suck.’ I’ll just do something to shut them up, like, ‘I’ll show you.’
I’d rather be a good person off the field than a good baseball player on the field.