I just try to do what I have to do and let the people out there do what they have to do, which is have fun, scream, yell and jump around. I try to do what I have to do, which is play baseball, and I can only play in that piece of area there, so that's what I try to do.
I keep active because I have not announced my retirement, because that is something that takes time and you have to plan it. Plus, it is something that the Dominican people expected.
I understand business and understand the ugly face of baseball, which is the business part of baseball.
The game doesn't change.
Only God knows why I didn't make it with the Mets, but yes, in a short period of time, I got the opportunity with the Phillies.
Actually the adrenaline of the game will probably help me out a little bit to regain command and concentration about the things that I have to do.
I wasn't playing mind games with anybody, I just said what I said. I am responsible for it, but I wish everybody would fall asleep for that one and let me go out there and do my thing.
I doubt that I will get involved with politics. That's something I don't have in me.
I believe that if you're healthy, you're capable of doing everything. There's no one else who can give you health but God, and by being healthy I believe that God is listening to me.
I had the opportunity to go with some other teams. But I didn't consider those teams to be contenders, and I was right.
My brother never got an opportunity to throw a pitch, and I didn't want the same thing to happen to another young kid.
I'm open to play for anybody that would give me respect, treat me the right way, and actually going to make me feel comfortable.
None of the teams that actually probably were offering me a job from the getgo, actually in spring training, are in the playoffs right now.