In baseball, I was a pitcher, which I hated because there was no action there.
I’ve taken up golf in the past five or six years, and most of the time there aren’t too many people out there that can drive a ball further than I can.
So, I got a lot of recruitment letters from track.
I have been a fan all my life, but now I have been out of football for over 10 years, and out of baseball for a little over six years and I don’t go to games.
So you have to be more mentally focused in baseball.
So, baseball is probably more physical of the two mentally.
It occurred to me in my junior year of high school. I got my first letter from a big college. I still have that letter to this day – a letter from Indiana.
I was the type of guy that used to get up in the morning and go out and just out run everybody on the field without stretching or warming up or anything.
I guarantee you that’s what Jeff Gordon does. He uses everything the fans throw at him to stoke his fire and it drives him to be better at what he does.
I was a pitcher, shortstop and outfielder, and the Yankees tried to sign me out of high school as a first-round draft pick in 1981. I turned them down to go to college.
I hate to blow my own horn, but I gave a lot of people fits.
First of all, I really never imagined myself being a professional athlete.
Being the 8th out of 10 kids, and being the one that stayed in trouble, I sort of became a momma’s boy.
As a 9th grader, I competed with the high school kids and out of 600 people, I finished 10th.
Whenever I wasn’t watching the planes, I was playing community baseball, football, or something like that.