I think learned that as a person, you can take a lot, you know, you can get to that breaking point.
But I think if you have the discipline, you can take a lot, because I experienced it in playing in Leesburg, Florida in the Florida State League, something similar to what Jackie had gone through with the black cat and the guys screaming and yelling and stuff. My job was just to go out there and hit line drives. I didn't care what they were saying in the stands.
When I first saw the Jackie Robinson movie and I saw that shot of what those white guys had done, I said to myself maybe one day that's going to happen to me, and sure enough it did, and I handled it the same way that Jackie did.
You know, as a Latin player, or African American player, you have to be twice as good as the white player to have a job, otherwise you're going to spend the time in the Minor Leagues, they are not going to carry you at the big league level. But playing in Florida, playing in North Carolina, there were chances and times that I couldn't get off the bus to get food to eat, you know, the players would always have to bring me food.
I remember even in spring training the Twins' Latin and black players couldn't stay at the same motel as the white players and they had to stay in the black neighborhood, so, you know, things change, and you learn how to deal with it.