Anaheim is not like Los Angeles, where there are more people and more paparazzi. You don’t have that in Anaheim. It’s more laid-back.
Do I want to be in St. Louis forever? Of course. People from other teams want to play in St. Louis, and they’re jealous that we’re in St. Louis because the fans are unbelievable. So why would you want to leave a place like St. Louis to go somewhere else and make $3 million or $4 more million a year? It’s not about the money.
God is the Man, and there’s another Man, Stan ‘The Man’ Musial in St. Louis.
He means as much as Roberto Clemente does to Latin people. Thank God I had the opportunity to know him. I wish my kids had the opportunity to be around him, because that’s how I want my kids to live their lives. I want them to be like Stan Musial. Not the baseball player. The person. That’s the respect I have for that man.
I always say God doesn’t need me, but I need Him in my life to survive in this world and over temptation. That’s Who keeps me humble every time.
I believe it is my responsibility to do what I can for children and people with Down syndrome as well as in my native Dominican Republic.
I consider myself a line drive hitter with power. I just try to put my best swing on the ball every time.
I have five young children, and I take being a role model very seriously.
I like to eat Wheaties Fuel for breakfast with fresh fruit and egg whites. For lunch, I like to eat my wife’s ‘homerun chicken,’ which is chicken, rice and vegetables, and for dinner I eat grilled steak or a couple of chicken breasts with rice and vegetables. During the day, I drink OhYeah! protein shakes as a snack.
I play to represent God, something bigger than baseball.
I think the two most important parts of any athlete’s workouts are his leg workouts and his core training.
I’m in the gym three to four days a week, depending on how I’m feeling. With chest, legs and back being the most important parts of any athlete’s body, I try to train these on separate days with at least a day off in between.
I’m thankful God has given us the technology where we can see each other through Skype on the computer. It’s not the same thing, but at least we can see each other. Imagine the time before when that wasn’t available and people had to go defend our country. It’s really hard. I go two weeks without seeing my family and I go crazy.
If something happens to me tomorrow, I’m going to go to Heaven, and that’s for sure because God’s promised to us in the Bible.
In regards to core training, I try to incorporate the medicine ball whenever possible. As a baseball player, there is a lot of twisting and turning that I will do. Keeping my abs strong is as important as anything else.
It doesn’t matter what the scoreboard says. I’m always having fun, talking to other guys. They even come to first base and ask me about hitting. I try to help them out as much as I can in the 30 seconds before the pitcher throws the next pitch. That’s me. I don’t think I will ever change that.
It’s not how you start the season, it’s how you finish. If you wind up helping the team make the playoffs, that’s what you play for. You don’t play to put up your numbers, but to try to get a chance to make it to the World Series.
Mike Matheny, Fernando Vina, Edgar Renteria, Mark McGwire and Darryl Kile… before he died. Those guys took me under their wing and taught me the way to play the game the right way.
My dad always supported me. Sometimes we didn’t have anything to eat for breakfast, but if we could eat lunch and dinner, we weren’t poor.
My life’s goal is to bring glory to Jesus.
My wife and I love children. We have five of our own. I would ask that anyone who looks up to me would instead look up to God. I am nothing without Him. Everything I do in life and in baseball is to glorify Him.
Preparation is very important. The pitcher is going to do his job and prepare for you, so you as a hitter must do the same. I always watch videotape of pitchers before the game and even sometimes during.
St. Louis is still a special place for me. I still have my home there. I live there in the offseason. I enjoyed playing in front of 40,000 people every day. I tried to do my best to help the organization win. I had success there. We won two World Series. We went to three. That’s something you can’t take from me.
St. Louis still is going to be a special place for me, whether I’m playing 3,000 miles away or 5,000 miles away.
The fans know and the Cardinals know that I want to be a Cardinal for my whole career. I love this city. The way that this city has embraced me and my family.
The kids look at me, ‘Ah, you’re my hero.’ I want to teach those kids. ‘Hey listen, God is my hero. He died on the cross for my sins, and He’s the one. That’s how I wanna live – like Him – and I want you guys to do the same thing.
Whatever happens at the end of the day, as long as I glorify His name, that’s what it’s all about.