A hungry ballplayer is the best ballplayer. That mindset is the key to greatness.

Even though Andy Pettitte will be making the 531st start of his career today in the first game of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays, he has the same hunger as if it were the first start of his illustrious career back in 1995.

How long ago was that? A gallon of gas was $1.15.

Cut through everything and that hunger, that mindset, is the essence of Pettitte's success. The same goes for Derek Jeter. Every game is special. Every game is an event.

This hit me last week when I spoke to Willie Mays about Jeter. The Say Hey Kid was talking about how much he enjoyed each and every game, each and every inning. Even though he is 81 years old, he sounded like a kid going to the ballpark for the first time.