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It Doesn't Get Any Better
Rick Reilly
August 20, 2001
My question is always simple: When were you happiest? The answer is always good.
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August 20, 2001

It Doesn't Get Any Better

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Chris Mullin: "Maybe right now. When I was drinking, I was never happy. I was always on edge, guilty, knowing I was supposed to be somewhere else, and instead I was drinking. Now I'm calm. My family's healthy. It's great to be sober."

Charles Barkley: "I haven't had it yet. Maybe when it's all said and done, I'm rocking on my porch, two or three great-grandkids around, everybody's healthy—that's when I'll be happiest. Because this life isn't about you, man, it's about the people you love."

Mike Schmidt: "It had to be 1980. Donna and I had our second child, Jonathan. There was a strike during spring training, so a bunch of us—me, Steve Carlton, Tug McGraw—lived on a 50-foot fishing boat in Clearwater [ Fla.]. We fished and laughed the whole time. I had a great year: MVP of the league and the World Series, too. Tells you how crucial spring training is."

Larry Walker: "The year I was born, 1966. Everything has been so much fun ever since. I want to thank my parents for whatever they did that one night, because this life has been a blast."

Tiger Woods: "I was 11.1 got straight A's, had two recesses a day, had the cutest girlfriend and won 32 tournaments. Everything's been downhill since."

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