"Guys used to joke that I was up and down so much, I racked up all these frequent-flyer miles between Baltimore and Rochester (the club's Triple-A affiliate)," he said. "A couple of times, I wanted to leave the game and say, 'This isn't working.' You feel cheated, not being able to play and to prove yourself. I did it in Triple-A (.284 in nine seasons), but with the Orioles, I got caught up in the numbers game. It's tough to break into a lineup with outfielders like Frank Robinson, Paul Blair, Don Buford and Merv Rettenmund."