Regardless, he shouldn't present himself as an ass or no matter what he does on the field, to me at least, he'll never be thought of as high as the Babe, Hank or Willie.
I hope they badger this guy with questions every day of the year so he gets sick of it and retires before he can break the homerun record. I know that will not happen but I can still hope...
He doesn't want
to be thought of as a nice guy, role model, etc. That doesn't mean he isn't a good guy. That doesn't mean he's a primadonna. If you were the best player in baseball, wouldn't you want a Laz-Z-Boy in the locker room? Wouldn't you want a ton of cash? He doesn't want you to feel bad for him. But a little respect for one of the best hitters in baseball history would be nice.
He's cocky, and he can be, because he's the best. If you take everythign he says seriously, that's your problem.
"Jack, will you call me, if you're able?"
"I've got your phone number written, in the back of my Bible."