You have lined several balls to left-center in the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Is that your natural stroke?
“I just try to stay through baseballs and if they pitch them middle, middle away, you have to try to stay through them so I try to stay the other way. I've worked really hard on being able to hit a few balls on the pull side now, too. You just got to go with the pitch wherever it is.”
Left-center just happens to be the deepest part of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (415 feet).
“It's definitely a big yard, but it also gives me more room to shoot for. You can't worry about home run totals and things like that. You just got put good swings on it. If they fall or go out of the park, it doesn't matter.”
What is your best memory of your time in the major leagues?
“Just making your debut. You dream about it for a long time so when you finally make your debut, you definitely enjoy it and try to take it inasmuch as you can before the game starts. That first (game) is definitely one you cherish.”
What is the best advice you have ever received as a baseball player?
“Just be yourself. You can't try to do too much and you can't be someone your not.”
What is the favorite ballpark you have played in?
“I would say the Diamondbacks in Arizona just because I went to Arizona State. Getting the chance to be there for a lot of games when I was in college and then getting the chance to take the field and play there is pretty special.”
Who serves the best pregame meals in the majors?
“I would say Philadelphia. They will cook anything you want.”
What is your favorite baseball movie?
“The Natural. He was a left-handed hitter and it was about playing the game for the right reasons.”