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David Ortiz Quotes

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David Ortiz quotes: “Big Papi” on baseball, mindset, coming from the gutter, giving back, and more.

“Life is a challenge that you need.  There’s things in life that are going to throw you into the ground, but if you learn how to get up, that means you are not a quitter.”

“Hard work is the only thing that gives you consistency in this game.  Nothing else.”

“I’m a winner, I play to win, I want to make good things go on around me.”

“You just have to go as far as you can go.  Everyone works his way up.”

“We just have got to keep the faith like that one piece… ‘keep on going.'”

“Everybody has something to prove.  Everybody has a responsibility.”

“I showed people that it’s not about guessing what people can do.  It’s about saying, ‘Here, show me what you can do.'”

“You don’t want to make a big mistake.  You’ve got to bring your ‘A game’ against them.  You get used to it.  I take it as it comes.”

“Sometimes it’s good to get the struggle out of the way early so you know that it’s not that easy.”

“Sometimes when you’re fighting, fighting, fighting, the mind needs some time off and you regroup and get back to normal.”

“Everybody goes through some tough times in their life, no matter what you do.  Man, I’ve had my tough times.”

“What happened to me should teach everybody that you should never give up on anybody.”

“If it wasn’t for baseball, I may have remained in the Dominican Republic and who knows where life would have taken me.  It was then that I knew that I had to use the gift that I received, to play baseball, to do whatever I could to give back.”

“Listen, bro: if you can hit a baby doll head with a broomstick, you can hit an inside cutter.  You don’t need a batting cage in the Dominican.  You just have to love the game.  And you need to be able to fight off your sister when she comes looking for her baby doll.”

“My parents always told me to stay away from trouble.  When I moved away from them at a young age, I was fine because they taught me how to do everything right.”

“My mom, she wasn’t like a baseball mother who knew everything about the game.  She just wanted me to be happy with what I was doing.”

“My whole career, my swing has always been the most important thing to me.  Even when I’m taking a shower, I work on my swing.”

“I try to do things the right way.  I’m just trying to work hard every day.”

“I know in my situation, my mind works more than everything else.  I’ve been like that my whole career.  Negativity doesn’t help me.”

“My timing’s a little off.  But I’m about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August.”

“I’m just another player that comes in and comes out.  Everybody’s time is up at some point, I don’t think that’s my problem.  I’m just going to keep on trying like I normally do.”

“I just come do what I’ve got to do, play my game.  And I don’t worry if anybody likes it.  I come to play everyday.”

“Trust me, I play the game for the fans, my family and myself.”

“Sometimes you just don’t feel the same everyday, it doesn’t matter what you do, but when you have people looking forward to seeing you perform for them, that puts you in the mood.”

“You don’t get better as you get older in your career.  It’s not natural to have your best years late in your career.  So I’m trying to do whatever I can to keep my body feeling good for as long as I can.”

“One often tries to live in the moment, and even when your body is saying no, you say yes, even when your body says not to.  Only mental strength convinces you that you can continue.  Mental strength tells you that you can keep at it.  But the body is a machine; it will give out and will send you a bill.”

“That will be probably one of the things that I’m going to miss about this game.  It’s competition, man.  I don’t do this just for doing it.  My family can tell you, man.  Like this is my life.”

“I’m going to be done when I’ve decided that I’m done.  All I like to do is work everyday and have an idea what I want to do.”

“I always keep on telling people, this is a business.  Sometimes you’ve got to do what’s best for you and your family.  As long as they keep offering me a job and I keep doing what I’m supposed to do and then the relationship keeps on building up, I’m going to be there.”

“A lot of people write books not until the end of their career.  Why you gotta wait until then?  When you’re momentum’s going, that’s when people really want to get to know about you.”

“They call me ‘Super Papi.’  That’s right.  Put it down like that.”

“Papi, look at where you are.  Look at where you came from.  Nobody’s shooting at you.  Nobody’s trying to kill you.  They pay you to play a kid’s game.”

“Yeah, I’m gonna have fun.  It’s who I am.  I grew up in the gutter and now I’m out here in front of the world living my dream and you all want me to feel sad?  I can’t do it.  I’m here to bring joy to this game.”

“[On what people would say to his children if they were to ever reach the big leagues] If they ever get up here, I want people to say to them, ‘I knew your dad, and he was a guy with huge power.  But there was something better about him.  He was a good person, a good guy.’  That’s what I care about the most.”

“What can you do?  Nothing but keep fighting.  We have to keep fighting.”

“[What he told the ER doc after getting shot] Please don’t let me die, I am a good man.”

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