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Andrew Benintendi, American Athlete ( July 6, 1994 - )

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I'm just going to go out there and contribute the best I can.~Andrew Benintendi


Best Go I Can

You're going to struggle. You're going to do well. You can't really let the past or the day before - whether you had a good day or bad day - dictate the day you have that certain day.~Andrew Benintendi


Good Day Struggle

I think my size sometimes catches people off guard, but I don't think size matters when it comes to power. Mechanics and technique and bat speed matter more.~Andrew Benintendi


Power People Speed

Obviously, there's not as much flex in a wood bat as in a metal bat, so I'm still trying to adjust to that.~Andrew Benintendi


Trying Wood Metal

Baseball is a hard game. There's going to be ups and downs.~Andrew Benintendi


Baseball Ups And Downs

The most important thing is to just stay constant and not get too high or too low.~Andrew Benintendi


Important High Most

My job is just to go out and play hard every day.~Andrew Benintendi


Day Job Play

I try to focus on what I can control, and that's just playing hard and playing well.~Andrew Benintendi


Focus Control Try

Growing up, I was a big Red Sox fan and looked up to guys like Dustin Pedroia, who's obviously not the biggest guy, but the way he competes, the way he works, it was motivating for me.~Andrew Benintendi


Growing Up Red Me

I think baseball was really reality when I was a freshman in high school.~Andrew Benintendi


Baseball School Reality

That's the beautiful thing about baseball. You can be any size and be successful.~Andrew Benintendi


Beautiful Baseball You

I can't do much about my height, but I can do a lot of things in strength and speed and work on that. I'm going to try to do that the best I can to make me a better ballplayer.~Andrew Benintendi


Work Strength Best

I wouldn't describe myself as a home run hitter. I'm just trying to hit the ball hard in the gaps. Just backspinning baseballs and hitting line drives.~Andrew Benintendi


Home Myself Trying

I think the biggest adjustment I've made before coming here was going from High A to Double A. I was going in facing pitchers who had more experience and knew how to throw all their stuff for strikes and in hitter's counts, things like that.~Andrew Benintendi


Experience Think High

I think once I see everybody and go through every team and their pitchers, I'll get an idea of what they like to do. And they'll see what I like to do and swing at. I think there's always something you've got to adjust to.~Andrew Benintendi


Team You Think

I think my mindset and my approach is to hit the ball hard, whether it be first pitch or work the count.~Andrew Benintendi


Work Think Mindset

I try to stay aggressive for the most part, dictating, whatever the situation may be. Just trying to do whatever I can to help the team win.~Andrew Benintendi


Team May Help

It's definitely a dream come true playing for the Red Sox.~Andrew Benintendi


Red Dream True

It's a long season, and if you can go back and forth pretty well, you'll end up OK.~Andrew Benintendi


End Long You

I grew up watching Pedroia play.~Andrew Benintendi


Play Up Watching

I think if you're not confident, you're not in the right place.~Andrew Benintendi


You Think Place

I don't think it's a secret that I'm not a fan of all the attention and the media, stuff like that, but I understand it's part of it, and I have to do it.~Andrew Benintendi


Media Think Attention

I come from a pretty humble family, and I try to be a humble guy.~Andrew Benintendi


Family Humble Try

The big thing I noticed from High-A to Double-A is that when you have an advantage count as a hitter, you're not going to get as many fastballs. Adjusting to the 2-0 changeup, that 3-1 off-speed pitch - things like that. I think my swing can stay the same; I just was getting myself out.~Andrew Benintendi


Myself You Think

Going into Portland, I was just trying to not step on anybody's toes, stay quiet, and play my game. I think I was just trying to figure out the kind of sequences I was going to see as a hitter and learn from that.~Andrew Benintendi


Step Learn Game

Being stronger really helped my game.~Andrew Benintendi


Game Stronger Being