I always try to overachieve. I feel I have something to prove every day.
The Big Hurt describes me perfectly-not as a person, but as a player. It's what I do to a baseball.
I'm not cocky. But I'm very confident.
Observe Everything. Communicate Well. Draw, Draw, Draw.
I do feel I was overshadowed by some of those guys (who took steroids) . . . I had a diminished-skills clause written in after I hit 29 home runs and drove in 92 RBIs, and I think those (steroid-aided home run hitters) are partly to blame.
I just have to be myself, and not worry about everyone looking at me and watching.
I take a lot of pitches. Some guys hate to do that.
My focus is on a ring, and giving the best individual performance I can.
My maturity level is rising. I think there are certain situations that I'm handling better than in the past.
Money doesn't motivate, but stats do.
As you get old, you live and learn.
A lot of guys are free swingers, but I'm up there looking for a specific pitch.
I always wanted to be the strongest man on the field. Most of the time, they said I was lifting too much but I didn't believe in that at all.
You just can't wake up out of bed and think you can figure out a gym. You definitely need some personal training.
I just don't feel like I'm old. I still feel like I've got a lot of years, a lot to give in this game, and I'm able to do it because I love to work.
As you get older, it gets harder to get rid of that belly but I do a lot of cardio to try to stay in shape.
I always took my workouts serious because I have a football background. I came from football, so when I got to baseball, I continued my football workouts in the offseason.
I think the body responds to more reps better than heavier weight. As long as I got those reps in three or four sets, it didn't bother me and I could come down on the weight. Teams didn't want me to do it as much, but that's just the way it is.
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