It's an honor. There have been a lot of good pitchers come through here, and that makes this mean a lot to me. But my main goal is to improve the team's record, not my record. Well, hopefully mine improves too along the way. But the team winning is the most important thing.
That's something people like to talk about a lot, and I know it would be a great honor to get the ball on Opening Day. If I get it, I'd treat it that way, but after Opening Day I want to get 30-some starts, stay healthy and do the job.
It?s an honor for anybody to get the ball for the first game of the season. I know the adrenaline is going to be going. The fans are so intense, especially on opening day, it?s a whole different atmosphere. The whole city takes it very personal.
It's always an honor to be picked. You have to know that you can contribute 100 percent, you can't go over there with any doubts in your mind. I need to get the rest and try and get as healthy as I can.
It's an honor and privilege to at least temporarily represent the university as athletic director, ... My job is to continue as best I can the program Ted Leland has developed over a period of time. The heritage that exists in the athletic department and the history cross my mind.
I think they'd be very proud of what we've done. We honor them as they were fantastic human beings. My folks were the greatest folks a man could ever want, and my brothers were terrific. I wish and hope that they looking down on us would be very happy with what we've accomplished.