On coming home to Bonanza High School, home of the Bengals:
Pretty cool to see your face on a door right when you walk up. The wall of fame was something that we walked by every day in school and you look up there and think, that would be pretty cool to be up there one day. Now the students here walk by and see my face up there. My wife is up on the student council side of the wall of fame. She was student body president, three sports, she did it all. She still does it all.
On his first varsity game:
First varsity game, I was so nervous. I had no clue what I was doing. I think I made an error, misplayed a ball, it bounced over my head. I was getting the nerves out. My first home run was a grand slam, so I redeemed myself after my first game.
On getting dressed for baseball games:
The locker room … my memories were that we never really got to be in that locker room because the football team had it. We’d pull up our cars and change in the parking lot and blast our music.
On keeping the field looking sharp:
We all had our jobs to take care of the field. Freshmen started off with the worst jobs. As a senior, you got up to watering the field. I took pride in what I did, not just here, even what we do now in manicuring Wrigley Field with our feet in between in each pitch. You take pride in what you do.
On seeing scouts at his games:
When you start seeing scouts in the stands, you feel the pressure. I certainly felt it. I look up and see radar guns and everybody writing notes down. It only helped me later on and eased my nerves.
On a shattering memory:
We had a pretty busy street here. I actually hit a homer over the fence and we hear a sound. Obviously, it was a car; we just didn’t know what we did to the car. Five minutes later, a guy pulls up, window shattered. It was a pretty funny moment.