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Ryne Sandberg Quotes

A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn't work hard for validation.

Baseball wasn't easy for me.

Hit a home run - put your head down, drop the bat, run around the bases, because the name on the front is more - a lot more important than the name on the back.

I didn't play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel.

I had to prepare physically every day, and I didn't leave many scraps for the writers.

I had too much respect for the game to leave it behind or to make it my second or third sport in college.

I love to play baseball. I'm a baseball player. I've always been a baseball player. I'm still a baseball player. That's who I am.

I played it right because that's what you're supposed to do - play it right and with respect.

I struggled many times when maybe it didn't look like I was struggling, and I had to work hard every day.

I was in awe every time I walked on to the field.

I was in the postseason twice and I'm thankful for that.

I was taught you never, ever disrespect your opponent or your teammates or your organization or your manager and never, ever your uniform.

I've been proud to be a lifelong Chicago Cub and still be with the Cubs. That's always been important to me and I think it's always been special.

If this validates anything, it's that learning how to bunt and hit and run and turning two is more important than knowing where to find the little red light at the dug out camera.

If you played the game the right way, played the game for the team, good things would happen.

In baseball, there's always the next day.

It didn't happen, but I feel fortunate for the two chances we had and it's just a shame we didn't go to a World Series for Cub fans.

My mom was at every single game I played as a kid, rain or shine.

My wife Margaret is the best thing that's ever happened to me.

No player in baseball history worked harder, suffered more, or did it better than Andre Dawson. He's the best I've ever seen.