"I definitely didn't take the smoothest path to get to this point. I kind of dug myself a little hole early on, but we worked our way back and stuck with it. That's a compliment to the guys around me in this locker room. I have confidence in myself and faith in myself, but without these guys supporting me around here in this locker room, I never would've got to this point."
-- Kipnis, on making the All-Star team
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