He doesn't wear jewelry, pimp his home runs and give hugs afterward. He hits 'em, puts his head down and runs. It's refreshing in this day and age, to say the least.

Obviously, we're scuffling. We lost two of our top guys to injury, and, as a staff, we're not pitching well.

I have Ortiz, and then Manny [Ramirez] behind him. I don't want to walk [Ortiz], so I tried to be aggressive down. I was, and he got it. He's a great hitter. He gets paid a lot of money. He got me.

I knew that one year after surgery, I wouldn't be as good as two years after surgery.