You have no idea how excited I am.
This man here has taught me so much, and he guided me through a lot of things. He was just special.
What a man. He has taught me so much [that] got me through a lot of things. It was special. Ellie was a super person.
That was the toughest thing I probably ever had to do. The little strength I got today came from his wife. ... Me, just knowing what she is going through personally, I just tried to step up and just lighten some of the [mood] that was in there, because I tell you everybody in there loved him.
I am definitely one of them, and it's a privilege just to have known the man.
What a man. This man has taught me so much. He was just special. Elrod was a super person, and I am glad that I've known him.
The big change is seeing the ball from a different angle. He played his entire career on the other side. The tough thing is to get him to slow down. Things don't happen as fast at first base.
I learned life from some good teachers.
And, you know, you try and preach to them there's more to this game than just walking up to home plate, swinging the bat, fielding a ground ball. There's some dedication in it, some love you've got to put into this work.
It makes you feel at home when you can talk to somebody and really talk about anything.
I'm proud to be here as a man that has played first base more than anybody in the game of baseball.
Baseball is a team game.
Today I join the greatest players that played the game. It is a great feeling being here.
When I signed a contract, I was here to play 162 games.
No one was more important than my mom and dad. I know they are watching from a place up in heaven here today to make sure all their kids are doing good.