This is an article from the Aug. 4, 2008 issue
On pursuing BobbyThigpen's single-season record of 57 saves
I don't think about it. My goal this season was just to do better than lastyear when I saved 40. Maybe if I'm close in September I'll think about it. WhenI retire I want to be known as one of the top three closers ever.
On ditching hisgoggles last year
I wear contacts now and I'm comfortable. But my mom gives me a hard time. Shesaid Superman isn't Superman without his cape and I'm not Frankie without myglasses.
On his nickname,K-Rod
During the 2002 playoffs [when he struck out 28 in 18 2/3 innings] guys firststarted calling me K-Rod after games. It's a good nickname because you've gotto earn it, but I've got so many nicknames. They call me Pancho, or Frankie;back home they also call me Kid or Nene.
On being raisedamong 13 siblings by his grandparents in Caracas
I had a difficult childhood in a rough neighborhood, but I made the best of it.Every time I took a shower, 10 minutes later I was dirty again. I used to dancelike Michael Jackson. My first glove was a milk carton. I was the only one [onmy team] without a glove. It's difficult to think about where I am comparedwith where I came from.
On his violent,almost chaotic, delivery
I've been doing it since I was a kid—the motion came naturally. I was small andskinny, but I threw as hard as I did because of my delivery. I threw so hardthe kids in my league wouldn't play with me! I used to get sore shoulders, armsand elbows from twisting my body.
On being in thelast year of his contract
I don't know what will happen after the season at all—I mean at all. So I'm notgoing to say anything.