Q: You're the first player to hit .300 with 30 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 runs in each of his first two seasons. What happened to the sophomore jinx?
A: In the early part of [last] season I did try too hard to have another good year. Then I told myself to wait on the ball longer and hit it the other way. When I'm hitting the ball to right-center, that's when I'm feeling good.
Q: Aren't you setting a bad example for kids with your back elbow so high in your batting stance?
A: I don't know why I do it, but I always have. But look where my hands are when I'm ready to swing: They're in the right place. That's what counts.
Q: How has success changed you?
A: Not at all. You only change when you allow yourself to change. I won't let that happen.