It takes a lot of energy to be negative. You have to work at it. But smiling is painless. I'd rather spend my energy smiling.
I'm having a good time. I'm going to treat every game and every day as if they are my last because I now know that they could be.
I'd never heard of colon cancer. Baseball wasn't even important to me. I have a wife and two girls. That's what was important. The doctors told me and all I could say was, 'When are we going to get this thing out?'
Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing.
People spend time worrying about things they think they have to have and lose perception of what they do have. You can have all the money and material things you want. If you aren't here to enjoy them, what good do they do?
I was hitting .360 when I was diagnosed. I didn't forget how to play while I was recovering. I don't know if the cancer is gone for good. I don't think anyone ever knows, but no one is going to steal my joy for as along as I'm able to play baseball.
I don't think any player lives up to his potential, because people out there put you so high on a pedestal, you'll never be as good as they expect.
If you're feeling pressure, then you shouldn't be here.
It's easy to see why pitchers respect McGwire. If you hit behind him, they're saying that they don't respect you. You have to change their thinking.
Just putting my uniform on keeps me going. Being able to get out there keeps me going. That's the best therapy.
My only goal is to play 162 games and help this team win. If I can do that, everything will take care of itself.
There's only one Mark McGwire. The man walked over 160 times. Just think. If he walks 60 times, he might hit 100 homers.
You can't get more appreciation than that, to be elected by the fans. That's the ultimate, really.
I have figured out it's not what you do on the field, it's how many games you play in.
That's just my family's mentality. We are a very loving, hugging and kissing kind of family. And we grew up in a church atmosphere and still have that atmosphere. There is no negativity.
Socially, it is funny. People are annoyed because, really who is a clown?.
Circulating through the children's ward and seeing terminally ill kids, heads shaved, smiling and having a ball despite the tubes and needles sticking into them, I thought: What do I have to worry about? If God takes me, at least I've lived for 35 years.
I've been operated on 13 times.
I'm no different than others with cancer. I just happen to play professional baseball. I'm part of those statistics that cancer has touched as well.
I want to establish myself as the first Eric Davis, not the next Willie Mays.
I don't listen to what people say about me and I don't read what they write about me. People can compare me to anyone they want to, but I'm not going to worry about it.
I will be a role model for cancer patients for the rest of my life. But you know what? When I was getting chemo, those people inspired me.
Never give up and don't ask why because every situation does not need an answer. I'm a firm believer that I don't worry about anything I can't control.
Most of the places I've been, I've been a main piece of the puzzle.
I'll have a stamp on me forever. There will always be questions. I brought new fans to the Orioles' organization, and that's good.
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