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Chris Davis says he welcomes pressure of living up to new contract with Orioles

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left, infielder Chris Davis and executive vice president Dan Duquette, right, pose during a news conference announcing Davis' new seven-year contract on Jan. 21, 2016, at Camden Yards.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left, infielder Chris Davis and executive vice president Dan Duquette, right, pose during a news conference announcing Davis' new seven-year contract on Jan. 21, 2016, at Camden Yards. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun)

First baseman Chris Davis fielded a ton of questions during Thursday night's news conference, including an obvious one about the pressure that comes with signing the biggest contract ever awarded by the Orioles.

"I hope there is," Davis said. "I hope there are expectations. I've always kind of thought of pressure as something that you really inflict on yourself. As a professional athlete, really a professional in anything that you do, you're going to expect yourself to be great and you're going to hold yourself to high standards.

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"I'm happy to be here for the next seven years and be in a place where I've had success in the past and we've had success as a team in the past. And I think these next few years are going to be a lot of fun and hopefully very successful years."

Davis is a pretty loose guy, so it's easy to imagine him coming back to spring training and being the same easy-going player who has endeared himself to both teammates and fans. He said Thursday that he doesn't expect his new wealth will change him a bit.

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"Who you are is not defined by how much money you make, what you do," he said. "Who you are is where you were raised. It's your family, it's your core values and I don't think any amount of money could change that. That being said, I do understand the commitment that was made. And to me, it's actually a flattering, more humbling gesture that the Orioles decided to make this kind of commitment to me and it really motivates me to work that much harder and do everything I can to show them that their faith was well placed."

We'll take him at his word until he flies into the Camden Yards parking lot in his own Donald Trump-style helicopter.

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