Red Sox third base coach — 35 years in professional ball
“I always remember how tough he was. I remember when I was a little kid he was throwing batting practice for the University of Maine baseball team because he was the head coach there and he got hit by a line drive in the ribs. And he started spitting out blood and they wanted to take him to the infirmary and he refused to go.
“He kept throwing to the rest of his group while he was spitting out blood. Finally, about five of the players grabbed him and they physically put him in the car to send him up the hill to the infirmary. He was only 5-10, 5-11 but to me, he always seemed like he was 9-feet tall. He just seemed like Paul Bunyan to me just because he was such a quiet, tough guy.”
Indians center fielder — 2-time All-Star
“Our (Little League) team was going to an indoor batting cage in Houston. (The machine) was throwing the ball pretty hard, around 85 (mph). We were young. We were 12. And the dude didn’t want us to hit on it. He was like, ‘They’re too young.’ My daddy talked to him. And he was like, ‘I’ll let you see if they can hit it.’ He put Carl (Crawford) in there first and he hit 15 out of 15. And then he put me in there, and I hit 14 out of 15.”
Indians Starting Pitcher — 2013 All-Star
“My dad (a pastor) was great. In the sports world, he just said I had to play something when I was a kid. So I started playing T-Ball. He was always an assistant coach. But I think more so in just a life sense, just teaching me what matters most. You can play this game or sports, you can do whatever you want, but at the end of the day your relationship with Jesus Christ is what really matters. He modeled that, showed that, treated people the right way, did things the right way. No better person to look at than him to see how to live your life.”