“If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be in this position I'm in right now, living the dream, playing the game I love to play. I always thank him for that.” — Midwest City native and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Times on the impact Jackie Robinson made in his life.
“I don't think Tom makes decisions like that. Actually, I know he doesn't. He wants what's best for the team, and he knows that (coach Bill Belichick) does that.” — Wes Welker to Sports Illustrated's Dan Patrick, who asked Welker why New England quarterback Tom Brady couldn't get the Patriots to re-sign the former Heritage Hall star. Welker signed with the Denver Broncos.
“I think athletes always go back to the people they trust. He has a strong culture of coaches that he has a lot of respect for. I'm just a trustworthy, positive person in his life who has always been there. I love him. He's my little brother. I'm always going to look out for him.” — Oklahoma State baseball coach Josh Holliday to MLB.com on Matt Holliday, a St. Louis Cardinals All-Star who sometimes asks his big brother for advice on hitting.
Tuesday's notable birthdays:
92: If he were alive, Tuesday would be Warren Spahn's 92nd birthday. The Hall of Fame lefty was a longtime Broken Arrow resident, although he was a Buffalo, N.Y., native and spent the majority of his baseball career with the Milwaukee Braves. Five years managing the Tulsa Oilers hooked Spahn on Oklahoma.
57: Former OU kicker Uwe von Schamann, father of the game-winning, 41-yard field goal vs. Ohio State in 1977.
29: Ryan McBean, a defensive tackle out of Oklahoma State. At 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds, this Baltimore Raven can probably hammer down a lot of cake and ice cream.
Truth be told
The Oklahoman asked high school athletes: What are two things on your Bucket List?
Hayden Wood, golf, Edmond North:
“Win the Masters and hit a golf ball off the moon.”
Yareli Garcia, soccer, Southeast:
“Go to the women's World Cup, sing somewhere big.”
Malik Foxx, track and field, Centennial:
“State finalist. State champ.”