07/18/2007 9:34 AM ET
Sosa: Focused on strong second half
Sammy Sosa made his Major League debut on June 16, 1989 with the Rangers. (Winslow Townson/AP)
We're going to have a strong second half. We've played some great team baseball lately. Even in some of the games we've lost, we've played well.
We've lost a few tight ones. Sometimes you have to give some other pitchers credit for pitching us tough, but I like the way we're playing so far in July.
When you win, it makes it fun to come to the ballpark. That's true for any team when it's winning. Everybody here arrives with a mission now. We come to the park knowing what we have to do, whether we won or lost the night before. We're focused.
Being a part of this franchise again is great. I'm enjoying the atmosphere and the guys in the clubhouse. I got the opportunity again here in Texas and I'm very happy about the way it has turned out.
My numbers are good, but we still have a lot of games to play, and real satisfaction comes from winning games. Personally, I just try to remain focused on what I need to keep doing. I just need to be ready to play every day.
While our team hasn't won as many games as we would have liked, you never give up -- you keep working hard. I came here to do my job well and I'm paid to do my job well. Sometimes the team play doesn't come together as you might like, but as individual players, we can stay focused and keep working hard.
When I come to the ballpark, my focus is on my four or five at-bats. That's what I'm going to get every night and I focus on what I'm supposed to do with those.
We've had good chemistry lately. Hopefully we can maintain that and continue to be successful.
Sammy Sosa -- who hit his 600th career home run on June 20 against his former team, the Cubs -- is in his first season back with the Rangers, the club he originally broke into the big leagues with in 1989. The veteran slugger leads the club with 64 RBIs and has 14 home runs, which is tied for the team lead with Ian Kinsler and Brad Wilkerson.