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The Collected Wisdom of Matt Kemp

Interviews by Matt Patterson Modified: December 16, 2007 at 8:40 am •  Published: December 16, 2007

Once you get it, you can get it taken away real quick. I'm still learning about how to take care of my money. I reward myself if I have a good week. I'll go get some clothes. I like clothes and shoes, that's probably the big thing. I haven't really splurged too much.

You have to stay focused and not get away from what it is you need to do to get where you need to be. Being in the big leagues there's a lot of distractions. The night life in LA is crazy. Don't get too comfortable because people are out to get you, especially if they see you doing good things. They want to ruin that so you can be on the same level as them.

The trade stuff is a little crazier this year. You hear a lot of teams going after me. There's no other place I'd rather be than LA. I don't want to leave there. I'd be disappointed if I got traded. It's hard to have that hanging over your head because you think about it all the time. You can get that call, a random number and that could be it. I don't know who calls you, I've never been traded. But I'm always looking at my phone when it rings and sometimes I'm kind of nervous.

Jeff had said some things. Everyone was frustrated. We were losing and we weren't going to the playoffs. It was a team thing. It's unfortunate the papers got hold of some stuff and blew a little thing out of proportion. That's what papers do sometimes, but we settled it.

He's (Junior Spivey) the one who took my game to the next level. He brought me out to Arizona and we worked out. He's one of the hardest working guys I've ever associated with. I've learned a lot from him.

I think he (Barry Bonds) did what he did. You know, it's hard. Nobody knows if he did steroids. They haven't proved it. He's one of the best players ever to play the game. You still have to put the bat on the ball. The things that he did, nobody knows but even if he did you still have to play every day.

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