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BP: [Laughs.] I really don't know. I think it's great for baseball because there's been a lot of debate.
DP: You've collected a lot of hardware already, and you've been playing only three years.
BP: I've been very fortunate. I've had great opportunities since I've been here in San Francisco. Our ownership and management have put some great players on the field. I wouldn't be able to receive these awards without the help of many others.
DP: If I told you a week after you were injured in 2011 you were going to win the 2012 NL MVP, what would you have done?
BP: I probably would have left [the studio]. To me that was never part of the thought process. After the injury [all I wanted to do] was get back on my feet. And be able to start on Opening Day. That was still in question during spring training because there were a few setbacks along the way.
DP: What did the injury do for your love of the game?
BP: Increased it, no doubt about it. I've always loved baseball. After my injury I saw how quickly this game can be gone. Hopefully [that thought] can be something I carry with me the rest of my career. I just have a better understanding of how privileged I am to play this game.
DP: Do you let your twins play with the trophy?
BP: They're a little too young for that. Right now they'd be slobbering on it and trying to break it apart and eat it.
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