You define great players as guys that are out there grinding battling every day with their team.
Sometimes youve got to tip your cap when theyre painting stuff on the corner. But you cant give up got to keep battling and make some adjustments.
Once it gets to two strikes its time to battle put something in play and try to get the job done.
I just try and keep everything simple.
Fighting for a job – thats been my mindset every Spring Training.
You have to earn your job every day.
Some guys first pitch of the at-bat gets called a strike – maybe its a ball off or below their knees and it gets called a strike – and then the next two pitches they swing at balls in the dirt and all of a sudden theyre yelling at the umpire about that first pitch. You just swung at two …
I know I wouldnt be a New York Yankee if it wasnt for my mom: the guidance she gave me as a kid growing up knowing the difference from right and wrong how to treat people and how to go the extra mile and put in extra work all that kind of stuff.
My dad told me If youre going to go out there and play baseball or youre going to play basketball or football work hard at it no matter what. I want you to have fun with your buddies but you have to put in the time because this is your craft. He didnt just want me to be good. He …
Being around veteran leaders such as CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner really helped me.
I love the city of New York. Its kind of fun. I grew up in the country so Im getting a little change of pace. The city has been great.
To put on the pinstripe – its extraordinary. Just being able to play one game with the Yankees is quite an honor.
When I think about 2017 I feel like it was just another year. It was a whirlwind but I wouldnt have wanted it to play out any other way. Im glad I was in New York. Theres nowhere else I would rather play and theres no other group of teammates that I would rather be around.
If Im making consistent contact even if theyre outs or right at somebody if Im just making consistent contact Im happy.
I had a lot of fun playing football and basketball but deep down the chess match or cat-and-mouse game between the pitcher and batter in baseball really drew me in. Its a thinking mans game and for me nothing can compare to that.
Thats why we play. Thats why we train. Thats why we do everything in the offseason. It is to win a World Series.
I do a lot of planks. I feel like the plank is the most underrated core workout thats one of my go-to moves.
The ups and downs thats baseball life. Thats what I live for play for.
To a certain extent I enjoy failure. Its part of the game. Theres always room to grow theres room to improve.
My dad was my role model he always did the right thing.
The biggest thing for me is I want to be consistent.
If someone throws you a good slider youre not going to hit it. Youve got to always hunt those ones that kind of pop up or hang thigh-high or up.
In my early work my time in the batting cage thats serious and thats when I feel like Im really working. Thats where I have to lock in on my approach make sure my mechanics are right and make sure my mindset is right for the upcoming game. But then its a game! Youre supposed to have fun when you …
I just take it one day at a time try to forget about what I did the day before. Go out there like every day is Opening Day.
If I keep taking my good swings swing at the right pitches good things will happen.
If your team is in the trenches youve got to be in the trenches with them.