Announcer: And now "Daily Affirmations with Don Mattingly." Don Mattingly is a hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a caring nurturer, but not a licensed therapist.
Mattingly: I'm going to do a terrific show today! And I'm gonna help people! Because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me! Hello, I'm Don Mattingly. I used to be a professional baseball player, but I'm likely never to get into the Hall of Fame, and that's o-kay. I have to give myself permission to accept my shortcomings. Today, my guest is someone who undeniably deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, Manny R., I'll protect your anonymity. Now Manny, you're about to come off a suspension from play because of illegal use of performance enhancing drugs.
Manny: Well, Don, that's partially true. See, I was sick, and the doctors prescribed some medications that had this illegal substance in it. I didn't know.
Mattingly: Now Manny, denial ain't just a river in Egypt. I know there must be a lot of pressure for you to play very well, and I can imagine that the night before a game, you must lie awake thinking, "I'm not good enough.. everybody's better than me.. I'm not going to hit any home runs.. I have no business playing this game.."
Manny: You're so right, Don. I gotta keep slugging the ball, you know, everybody expects it of me.
Mattingly: So you cheated. It's okay Manny, you can say it.
Manny: Yeah, I cheated.
Mattingly: It's okay, I'm still a big fan. I love the way you play the game. I don't think it should hurt your Hall of Fame chances either, you've been putting up numbers for way too long. I'm not going to use it as a way to measure your whole career. And Manny, neither are your true fans.
Manny: Thanks, I didn't know you felt that way.
Mattingly: And Manny, I don't feel any bitterness toward the fact that you did cheat, and will get into the Hall of Fame before me. I know I'll die homeless and penniless, and twenty pounds overweight, and no one will ever love me...Wait now, I need to stop, that's just stinkin' thinkin'. Now Manny, let me replace those negative thoughts of your inadequacy with something positive - an affirmation.
Mattingly: Yes, now don't look at me, look in the mirror. Only you can help you. Now say "Hello, Manny."
Manny: Hello Manny.
Mattingly: "I don't have to be a great baseball player."
Manny: I don't have to be a great baseball player.
Mattingly: "I don't have to hit the ball hard, or be a star outfielder."
Manny: I don't have to hit the ball hard, or be a star outfielder.
Mattingly: "All I have to do is be the best Manny I can be."
Manny: All I have to do is be the best Manny I can be.
Mattingly: "Because I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggonit, people like me!"
Manny: Because I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggonit, people like me! Wow, thanks, Don! I feel great!
Mattingly: You see! That is the power of positive thinking! It makes all the wrongs in the world seem right! Now go back out there and earn your spot in the Hall of Fame! Wow! This was a terrific show, and you know what? I deserve it because I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggonit, people like me!
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