He kept his signing bonus, $1.2 million, in his pocket for four days — Thursday through Sunday — before a teammate, then-Athletics outfielder Stan Javier, took him to a Wells Fargo on a Monday to deposit the almost-crumpled check.
And he'll never forget that one trip to Safeway when he confused the beautiful, yet furry, face of a dog on a can for food intended for him.
"It's really hard," he said. "It looks easy, but it's not easy. It's all about language."