“I really like Springfield a lot. Corpus Christi is awesome. Those are my top two. They have great fans and great stadiums.”
You're a military history buff? When did that begin to interest you?
“When I was in third grade I remember checking out the same book and rereading it over and over. It was World War II history. I fell in love with it. It's pretty much everything on wars. I like it all. I like planes and aircraft carriers a lot. I just enjoy reading.”
What was your favorite memory at the University of Arizona?
“When we won the regional at Michigan we dogpiled there. That was a lot of fun. We went to Miami for the Super Regional and couldn't quite pull it out, but it was a great group of guys.”
Who is the toughest hitter you've ever faced?
“In college. Brett Wallace (at Arizona State) was the toughest hitter I've ever seen. If I stayed in the same organization with him the rest of my career I'd be happy.”
Since you and Wallace were teammates this season did you inform him of that fact?
“Yeah, I did. He laughed. He said, ‘I wish I was hitting like that now.' He was struggling at the time. Now he's hitting the crap out of the ball like he used to.”