On how the Mets
successfully wooed him before he signed with them in November
They had to win
over [my wife] Sarah by showing her that this is a family organization. They
included her, they talked to her, and they wanted her opinion. My wife's the
opposite of me--she's someone everybody likes, and she's very quiet. Not like
me, the guy everybody thinks is a jerk.
On his favorite
New York City food
Little Italy. I've never had a bagel--my usual breakfast is an egg
sandwich--but if I did, I'd probably have one with cream cheese and jelly.
On saying last
July that his Phillies had "no chance of making the playoffs"
I would never
have said that in the media before talking to my teammates. I talked to every
one of them, and every one said, "You know what? You're right. Something's
got to be done." Obviously things changed after that. [The Phillies
finished one game out of the wild card.] Whether I was wrong or whether I was
right, we made a good run for the playoffs. I stand up for what I believe
On his request
for a no-trade clause
I want the
security and stability to have my family with me and to know where we're going
to be. Having that security allows you to be closer [as a family]. We got a
house in Connecticut, and we'll put the kids [William, 7; Jeremy, 5; and
Olivia, 2] in school there.
On New York City
I'll be playing
ball. I'm not going to have much time to do things. I'm not excited about the
traffic. I told [ Mets pitcher] Tom Glavine that he's welcome to drive and I'll
drive in with him. I'm just a country boy, but I can fit in.