Albert Belle

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Albert Belle

Back in 1987 when they drafted me. The Indians were the only team interested in taking a chance on Albert Belle, and I made the most of it. Hopefully, they got as much from me as I got from them.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Going to a new team is like going to a new high school. Nobody knows you. It's a chance to rebuild your image.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I feel education is more important even now for the younger generation than when I was younger. The kids really need to buckle down and get a good education. That's why it's so important to have computer programs and good tutoring programs, so they can have fun in school. It also keeps them out of trouble.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I feel like myself and the city of Cleveland are in the same boat. We're made for each other. A few years ago, everybody had bad thoughts on Albert Belle. I feel that has changed.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If (Mike) Hargrove was his own man, I would have been picked (for the 1998 All-Star team). He is another person who doesn't appreciate what I did for him.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I know the Chicago media will write a lot of bad things, but they'll write a lot of good things too. I can live with that. In Cleveland, all I got was negative press.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I have high expectations for myself. I'm not out there playing the game just to be playing it. I want to win a championship.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I look back over my career and I almost pissed it away. I got a second chance and I've made the most of my opportunity. I play every game like it's the last game of my career.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I mean, people think I'm too intense for baseball. I've always excelled to be the best, no matter what, but it's like people think something is wrong with that.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm not going to get a hit every time in clutch situations, but over the course of the season I'll get a lot of clutch hits. I'm disappointed it's come to a time when they (Orioles fans) boo me. And then to turn around and have the nerve to cheer for you, that's the way baseball goes.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm pretty much right on schedule. Start off slow, finish up strong. I don't know why everyone panics. I've been doing this for ten years now. Why change?More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm the kind of person that as long as you respect me and don't distract me before the game, then I'll respect you in return and accommodate you after the game. Sometimes the situation dictates that I talk, but everybody should understand I'm not going to talk every day, whether we're in first place or last place.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In baseball, I don't fraternize with players when it's time to hit. I'm preparing for the game. It's the most important time of the day. And I know if I don't hit, I won't have a job in the big leagues. That's why I tend to get very upset when people try to talk to me.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the past I've tended to overreact. I was sure I'd be a superstar by the time I was twenty-one. Baseball messed up my plan of life. When I fail I get upset. Sometimes I get upset too quickly, without thinking of consequences.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I notice a lot of hitters fraternize with pitchers. I see guys laughing and giggling before the game. These are the same pitchers who are trying to beat them. I've never seen Roger Clemens talking to hitters before the game. Bob Gibson was the same way. Man, I don't even see (Greg) Maddux playing golf with hitters.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think a lot of people are aware of the things I do, but maybe because of who I am, they don't want to report the good things about Albert Belle.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's an individual sport (golf), so it's the exact opposite of baseball. If you hit a bad shot, you can't say, 'Well, this happened.' It's just you. It's your shot. You can't point the finger at anybody but yourself.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's going to be tough (winning the MVP Award). I'm not really considered a media darling.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I've been treated there (Camden Yards in Baltimore) just like everywhere else: you got everyone booing for you. I take that as a compliment.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I would rather have come to Baltimore than the Yankees. You look at their situation, they're the kingpin and you want to be that underdog that knocks them off the top. That's pretty much the situation I've been in my whole career. It just makes for a better season when you knock the big guys off the top.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Leaving wasn't a personal thing where I intentionally wanted to stick it to management or anyone. This is business. I felt I should have been rewarded for helping the Indians turn around a half century of losing. It was a shame they decided to treat me that way, after all I did for them. I helped this team go from one-hundred six losses to basically one-hundred six wins and into the World Series. And what do I get for it? Nothing.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Moral values have been thrown out the window. Christianity is out the window. And that's wrong. Parents should be at home, teaching kids right from wrong, making sure they get a great education so they can be a success in life.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People don't need to know what Albert Belle is thinking. I've learned from my mistakes in the past, and that's what's made me a better person.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People tried to test me (in 1999) and I came up with some pretty good throws. Everybody on the team calls me 'Bazooka' now. That's kind of like a nickname I gave myself.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People want me to do things, be a certain way and that's not going to happen. I'm going to be Albert Belle.More Albert Belle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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