Q: Has much changed with hitting since you were playing?
A: No. It’s the same thing. The only difference I hear a lot about is staying inside the ball, staying inside the ball, where when I came up it was always about getting the head of the bat to the ball. That’s about it. And, to me, more kids are guessing more today. Before, we’d just look for the ball, see what the ball is doing and react to it.
Q: I’ve been waiting to ask you this for three years; the Beastie Boys name-checked you in a song. Was that cool?
A: It was. You know they invited me to come on “Saturday Night Live” when they were performing that song, but I was on my way to Japan, so I couldn’t go. I wish - you know, it would have been kind of neat to be there and meet the guys.
Q: It’s neat because it’s a reference to your ability as a hitter. ...
A: I hadn’t heard it, and everyone said, “Have you heard the Beastie Boys song?” So when I first heard it, I thought, “OK, they thought that much of me to put me in their song because they knew I was good at the plate.”
Posted: February 29, 2012 at 07:08 AM | 25 comment(s)
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