On being the fastest-working starter in the major leagues
I don't know why I do it. I've never had anyone tell me that the quicker you work, the better off you'll be. My teammates like it because it keeps them on their toes. As soon as I'm handed the ball, they know it could be in play a second later.
On fan reaction to his quick games
You hear some of the drinkers get aggravated. Like, 'Hey, man, we only had two beers, and then the game was over.' Or you hear it from the beer vendors, 'Hey, we didn't get to make any money today because the game was so quick.' But I think most fans enjoy a quick game.
On patience off the field
I'm pretty patient since I'm big into hunting. Sometimes you don't see a deer for three or four hours while you're out there. You're just sitting in the woods. I have 1,200 acres in northeastern Missouri where I hunt.
On meeting fianc�e Jamie Streck
I met her two years ago at the gym in my hometown, St. Charles, Missouri. We went to the same high school, but she was a senior when I was a freshman. And I was small back then, so I was stuffed into lockers, and she didn't know who I was.
On proposing last off-season
I did it in a tree stand when we were hunting. She was with me when I bought the ring, so she already knew it was coming. I still wanted to somewhat surprise her. She was in her camouflage. It was kind of a joke, but it was pretty perfect.