07/23/2009 4:13 PM ET
Rodriguez: Record reflects hard work
Pudge is pleased by what games-caught mark signifies
To now hold the record for most games caught means so much to me. The record is a reflection of all the hard work I've put into my job, on and off the field, and I'm very happy to hold the record. It really is a lot of games.
I feel fortunate to have been able to play this long and to be mentioned along with great catchers like Bob Boone and Carlton Fisk, who is in the Hall of Fame. It's a tremendous honor.
It's hard to compare this individual record to the other individual awards and honors I've received in my career. I don't try to rank them; they're all great to have. I'm just pleased to have had the career I've had.
I've tried to stay healthy, and I've played hard. That is how I do it -- I give 100 percent all of the time.
When I first broke into the Majors as a 19-year-old in 1991, I always had it in my mind that I wanted to play this game for a long time. Thinking back to that time, it was again about wanting to stay healthy and wanting to play the game hard. Here we are, 18 years later, and I'm still playing everyday and doing my job. It's a great feeling to still be competing.
Right now I feel good physically. I know I have to work, and I know I have to take care of myself. I'm a guy who works every day. I'm up and working in the morning to help keep myself in good shape. In the offseason, I work even more to keep myself in good shape.
I've been doing that my whole career. That's why I can still play at such a high level. It comes down to the work you put in, and it comes down to work ethic. As long as I'm doing that, and as long as I'm feeling strong, that's all that matters.
In June, Astros catcher Ivan Rodriguez caught his 2,227th game to break Carlton Fisk's record for most games ever played at the position. A 13-time Gold Glove Award winner and a 14-time All Star, Rodriguez is just 327 hits short of becoming the first catcher to accumulate 3,000 career hits.