Some people look at the sweet swing of Evan Longoria and think he's a natural. But he‚Äôs not ‚Äď his talent is the result of hard work. After not being drafted out of high school, Longoria went to junior college and then on to Long Beach State before finally getting noticed. Now, at age 23, he's fast becoming a mix of Cal Ripken, Derek Jeter and Tiger Woods; beneath the gracious veneer, there's a devotion to competitive ruthlessness. In Just Getting Warmed Up, in the new issue of ESPN The Magazine on newsstands now, senior writer Buster Olneyon last season‚Äôs AL Rookie of the Year and how his work ethic and talent have made him a superstar. ¬†
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- Tom Foley, Tampa Bay‚Äôs infield coach on Longoria: "I don‚Äôt think I‚Äôve seen a better third baseman, and I played with Mike Schmidt.‚ÄĚ
- Carl Crawford, teammate, on Longoria: ‚ÄúHe impressed me from day one. Somebody must‚Äôve schooled him before he got up here, because he definitely carried himself well. If you‚Äôd watched him last year, you would‚Äôve guessed that he‚Äôd been in the big leagues for 10 years. He fit right in. He doesn‚Äôt want to be the guy with a lot of talent everybody hates. It was refreshing to see someone with that kind of talent that way.‚ÄĚ
- Joe Maddon, Manager on Longoria: ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs one of the best young talents, and he‚Äôs someone all of major league baseball can look to as a champion of how to do things properly. He‚Äôs very capable of all that.‚ÄĚ
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