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CJ: From a skill-set standpoint, yes. From an ability to walk my crippled butt out there night in and night out, I seriously doubt it.
DP: Is it the mental or physical fatigue?
CJ: When you're in your 20s, it's mental. As you get older, you learn to pace yourself. Then it becomes a challenge physically.
DP: Playing in your era, did you escape suspicion for taking PEDs?
CJ: The first prerequisite is not to do it. I also played in a slow media market. I don't think my size and shape have changed that much since I came up.
DP: How much pressure was there to try PEDs?
CJ: If somebody's playing the same position you do and there's suspicion on them and they're winning Silver Sluggers and MVPs ... the pressure is there. But in the end you fall back on the values that your parents instilled in you. I wouldn't have been able to look my father in the face.
DP: How do you view Alex Rodriguez's career?
CJ: I'm disappointed. A-Rod is a great friend of mine. He could be looked at as a Cal Ripken--type—an ambassador for the game. But once you have that stigma, it's pretty much over.
DP: Do you play golf now with John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux?