Never stop working
I take a lot of pride in my defense at first base, doing all the little things right and hopefully helping the team win. Was this my best season with the glove?
Well, it was as good as I have had. I?m not tooting my own horn or anything like that. I don?t like to do that. But I felt I?ve been adequate.
You can work every day on defense and still find something more to work on. You never stop working because you can always get better. Especially when you?re struggling with the bat, to me the best thing you can do is go out and focus on your defense. That?s what I?ve done.
There aren?t any stats for it. We don?t sit there and count how many games we?ve won with our defense. It?s true that we led baseball in fielding, but we don?t care how we win. As long as we win, it doesn?t matter how. When you lose, that?s how you get into a bunch of trouble — everybody starts analyzing why you lost. But when you win, you?re just happy. Just go enjoy the win.