"He tried to be the best that he could be. Full of passion and desire," former major leaguer Raul Ibanez said. "He was not a one-dimensional man. Who he was, everything about him was just great and grace. He carried himself with class and confidence and humility. Just a tremendous human being."
"Everybody likes being up in that spot," said Ibanez, the second-oldest player in the majors, behind Cleveland's Jason Giambi, 43. "That's what you play for, that's what you compete for - to try to be up in that spot - since you were a kid in the backyard playing."