ELI: What was it like being traded by the Braves? Did you expect it to happen?
TONY: Well I knew something was going to happen and I didn’t know where I was going to end up. If I was going to stay with the Braves but whenever it happened I was happy because I was going to get a chance to play everyday.
TONY: Baseball is the same everywhere, you know. I’ve just been adjusting to the leagues. You know the American League and the National League aren’t the same, so I am trying to adjust to that.
ELI: When did you first realize that you might make it to the major leagues?
TONY: When I was going up the scale, like Double-A. From Double-A up is when you pretty much start to have an idea on what’s going to happen to you and that is when I started to get a feel for it.
ELI: How long have you played baseball?
TONY: Professionally this is my eighth year.
ELI: Have you always been a shortstop?
ELI: Are there any players on the club that serve as mentors for you?
TONY: Yeah lots of guys. Reggie [Sanders] and Mark Grudzielanek are always trying to keep me on track. Esteban German is always telling me things about the game. Me being a rookie most of the guys try to help us [other rookies] out.
ELI: Did you have a favorite player growing up?
TONY: Yeah, Omar Vizquel.
ELI: Your dad is a coach with the Yankees, what role has he played in molding you into the ballplayer you are now?
TONY: Well I have always tried to go out and have fun and that is something he has always told me. Just to go out and have fun.
ELI: Do you have a lineup preference?
TONY: No, not really. Just go out and wherever they put me, I’ll play.
ELI: This is a very young team with a few veterans, what is the chemistry like in the clubhouse?
TONY: You know were hoping for the experience to get us going. We got a lot of young guys and it is just fun being around all of them.
ELI: Do you have a favorite clubhouse on the road?
TONY: Well right now my favorite is
ELI: Do you have any friends around the league that you hang out with during the off season?
TONY: I hang out in the off season with Andy Marte, Brayan Pena whenever we play Winter Ball. And some of the other guys that I play with back home in the Dominican.
ELI: What do you like to do with your free time?
TONY: Lay down. Just watch TV and relax. Relax as much as I can.
ELI: Do you have a pregame ritual? Any superstitions?
TONY: Sit down at my locker and try and get concentrated for the game. You know, get my game face.
ELI: You’ve got a brother with Mets, do you try to keep in touch with him?
TONY: Yeah, I talk to him just about everyday. See how he is doing. He’ll call me or I’ll call him just to see what is going on.
ELI: Do you plan to sport the pink bat for Mother’s Day?
TONY: Of course. Any time you get a chance to appreciate Mother’s Day and especially when it is a good cause.