Wednesday, October 31, 2007
ELI: You grew up around baseball because your Dad played, do you think your success can be credited to being surrounded by baseball as a kid?
NICK: Definitely. Growing up around baseball taught me about what to do and things to know. It was almost like I learned the unwritten rules of the game. Instead of little league, where most kids were playing baseball, I was with my dad in the big leagues , and it definitely taught me a lot.
ELI: You are a switch hitter, when did you learned to become one and what did you do?
NICK: The only reason was because I was solely right handed. Me and my friends were goofing around with it and at one point a Cross-checker with the Rangers said I would hit more homeruns if I switch hit. But it definitely elevated my game being able to play everyday, whether it was against a right or left handed pitcher. I'm still learning about it, but it gives me an extra dimension which a lot of people do not have.
ELI: Billy Beane is known for finding the best players under the radar, what did it do for your confidence when Beane said how much he wanted you with the A's?
NICK: Well I only care about Oakland, but when I think about them, all I can think about are the Glory Days. You know, like the Bash Brothers, Dennis Eckersley, and Ricky Henderson. They have such a reputation for having fun and bring in young guys. I'm in a great situation, with a great organization.
ELI: Have you read the book Moneyball?
NICK: Bits and pieces of it.
ELI: You're rookie season was the last year of the big three, what were Zito, Mulder, and Hudson like in the clubhouse?
NICK: They were good guys. But being a rookie, I was treated like just another rookie. I stay in touch with Zito, but those guys were good because they put Oakland back on the map. And then there our guys like Giambi who put them on the map to begin with. At the time though, they were three young studs.
ELI: What was the draft experience like for you? What were your thoughts coming into the draft?
NICK: The biggest thing with the draft was that so many people said so many things. I was projected to go between the 2nd and 4th round. To be drafted in the first round, like my dad, was absolutely amazing. I feel like people work their whole life to get to a certain point, and that point for me was right there. I got a call in the morning and I was jumping around. My dad came running down stairs in his robe and we exchanged a big chest bump. I think it is impressive that both my dad and I were taken in the first round. It is and experience I can share with my dad, and no one can ever take it away from us.
ELI: Can you tell me about your foundation?
NICK: It is called Swish's Wishes. I started it after I signed my five year extension with the A's. I didn't really know what to do, but Kathy Jacobson was great and helped me a lot. I did not really want to focus in on one charity because I would like to help everyone, so I work with a lot of charities. We have raised 75-80,000 dollars, donating 20,000 of it to the Oakland A's Fund. It is a non-profit organization that helps under privileged children.
ELI: Bob Geren was a new manager this year for the A's, what was he like?
NICK: He was very laid back and likes to have fun. He dealt with over fifty players this year, and that is a lot, especially for a rookie manager. I think he did a great job.
ELI: You play a couple positions, what would you say is your natural position?
NICK: First base. I'm playing outfield a little bit but I am still figuring it out. Daric Barton is on the rise at first base and I am more than happy to make the move to make room. Again, it gives me an extra dimension to play multiple positions.
ELI: I hear you play some video games, what is in the system right now?
NICK: Well, me and a friend beat Halo-3 last night. And I'll probably play some games with my brother this week.
ELI: You know, I do not think there has been a good baseball game in awhile.
NICK: Yeah, I have one right now, but I have not played it enough to give you a full analysis [Laughs]. For me, it is cool that I can go on and play and not have to create myself, I can just play. But I know some guys at EA Sports and I am sure they will come up with something good for next season.
ELI: If there is one player on the A's who would be sleeping in the dugout during the game, who would it be?
NICK: Oh man, who would it be? I'd have to say Joe Blanton [Laughs]. I can just see him right now with his sun glasses on asleep on in the dugout [Laughs]. I can definitely see him doing that.
ELI: If you could face one pitcher in the past, who would it be?
NICK: Probably Bob Gibson. His stuff was so nasty and overpowering that it would be fun. Scary but fun.
ELI: You worked out really hard following the 2005 season and it showed in 2006, did your output motivate you to work even harder coming into this season?
NICK: The biggest thing as a player is you always want to get better. And to be honest, it is harder every time. When pitchers figure you out and begin to pound your weaknesses, you have to adjust or there is nothing you can do. I have so much respect for the guys that can go and do it every year. Pujols, Ortiz, Ramirez-all those guys are where I would like to be at where I can go out and hit consistently.
ELI: Do you follow baseball during the offseason?
NICK: Yeah, but it is on and off. Everyone needs a break and the offseason is my break from it.
ELI: Where do you see the A's upgrading this off season?
NICK: Getting some guys in the bullpen probably. But we have the best GM in the world, and I am behind him, and the whole front office 110%.
Chacon To Test Market: Shawn Chacon filed for free agency yesterday, probably ending his time with the Pirates. He was used mostly in relief last season going 5-4 with a 3.94 ERA and 79 K. He has been used as a starter for parts of his career but has been more effective as a long reliever. I think the Pirates would like him back in that role, maybe as a spot starter. If the Pirates are not interested, look to see the Royals, Blue Jays, and maybe the Diamondbacks make a run for him.
LaTroy Hawkins Wants to be Back: Reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who was thought to have been out of baseball, reemerged and established himself as a big league reliever. Although his option was declined, he had a great year for the Rockies and performed in the playoffs. He is eager to be back with the Rockies, and I expect them to resign him. If he isn't resigned, I expect the Mariners to be interested.
Quirk, Farrell Lead Pack of Candidates: The Pirates can now begin interviewing for managers and it starts with the favorite, Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell. However, if the Red Sox do not give permission to interview or he is not interested, Jamie Quirk, the Rockies bench coach, could take over. Dave Holliday is expected to take over the Farm Director position with the Pirates, making it likely that Quirk might be selected. However, how could you not go with Farrell, who developed such pitchers mechanics as Clay Buchholz, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Hideki Okajima and won a World Series?
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
He will keep pitching until he can’t, and he still can. The Padres love his veteran presence and his performance on the mound and will probably give him another one year deal, worth 8-10 million dollars.
Prediction: Padres22. David Eckstein, Cardinals
The Cardinals would love to have him back but there has been no indication that he is leaning towards it. He has said he would love to be there, but if they do not overwhelm him with a contract he will leave. I think teams like the White Sox or Tigers might offer big for someone like Eckstein, and he may walk. But now that the Tigers have acquire Renteria, it leaves the White Sox as the front-runner.
Prediction: White Sox
23. Michael Barrett, Padres
Michael Barrett had an off year this year but is definitely a prospect to break out. I expect the Mets, Marlins, and
Prediction: Marlins [Updated on 11/02]
24. Luis Castillo, Mets
Castillo did very well for the Mets and I am sure they will try to bring him back, but I think it depends how the Mets view their future. He has said he does not want to test the market, but instead sign with the Mets long term.
25. Tomohiro Nioka, Japan
The Pirates may look to trade Jack Wilson this off season for pitching, and I think it makes sense that they sign this veteran shortstop out of
26. Joe Borowski, Indians
Borowski was great for the Indians and they will probably give him one more year before they look elsewhere.
27. Barry Bonds, Giants
There are few teams that are interested in bringing in Barry Bonds. They include the Tigers, Twins, and Angels. If I were the Twins, I would bring him in to play DH, but at a much reduced price loaded with incentives. I do not see Bonds accepting anything too low, so he might retire. However, he wants the 3000 hit mark-and will play just one more year to get it.
28. Scott Hatteberg, Reds
Probably in his last year, but will be kept to platoon with Votto to ease him in. Hatteberg still has a good bat, and will definitely contribute for the Reds.
29. Hiroki Kuroda, Japan
Kuroda is starting to draw a lot of interest from the Red Sox and Cubs. The Mariners are remaining quiet, but I expect them to go hard for him as soon as it is allowed. I think he might want to go to the Red Sox, but the Cubs tried to sign him last year and I think they will try again.
30. Kenny Lofton, Indians
Kenny Lofton has not lost a step, and will enter the market looking for a team who needs a one year guy. The Orioles are an option because they have holes, while the Mariners, Brewers, and Athletics remain options as well. I think the Orioles will be able to keep Patterson, but Payton and Gibbons were not impressive and Lofton would provide a one year guy to hold that spot and allow the Orioles to look around for a long term player.
Will Manny be Manny?: Will Manny be Manny this off season and ask to be traded again? Probably not, but it is possible the Red Sox would trade him to clear up some cash and upgrade defensively. It is safe to assume that Coco Crisp will be traded and I'm sure teams will be interested in Manny if he hits the market. The Angels, Rangers, and maybe the Tigers would be interested, but I expect the Angels would go for him. The Tigers already gave up enough prospects for Renteria, and the Rangers, although they could absorb some of his contract, may not want that distraction in the clubhouse as they try to rebuild.
Astros re-sign Ausmus: The Astros have resigned Brad Ausmus and have given him a one year deal. Although he will not be starting because J.R. Towles has been given the nod, he should help the Astros pitchers nonetheless.
ELI: Is baseball very popular in
BRAD: Its not as popular as say, cricket or football, but a fair few people play.
ELI: How did you get into baseball?
BRAD: As I was growing up as a kid, I would always go to dads games. So just being around the game is what got me so involved.
ELI: You were signed last year right? What was that like to finally be able to come to
BRAD: It was a life long goal and dream of mine. And to achieve that was such a small step into the world of baseball.
ELI: Was it hard to adjust when you came here?
BRAD: I've traveled a few places to play, mostly everyone, no matter the country all have the same views on baseball. It makes it really easy to settle in.
ELI: Left handers struggled against you this year; did you notice anything you did differently to get them out?
BRAD: No not at all. I just tried to do what I could and it all seemed to work out for me.
ELI: What would you say is your best pitch?
BRAD: I don’t know. I like my fastball, just because I have good control of it, but others say my curve. Depends.
ELI: You have been used mostly as a reliever, would you prefer to start?
BRAD: My whole life before a became professional, I was a starter, so my first year or pro ball I had to makes several adjustments in my routine and everyday training to be comfortable.. I’m thinking I will eventually become a starter, we'll see over the next season.
ELI: Did you have a favorite player growing up?
BRAD: No, I can’t say I did.
ELI: What is one thing you would like to work on this off season?
BRAD: Maintaining my arm strength and durability.
ELI: Do you have a favorite sports movie?
BRAD: Remember the Titans.
ELI: You were named Baseball America Rookie All Star, what does that mean to you?
BRAD: To tell you the truth, I didn’t really know until Trevor told me a few weeks ago. I was pretty stoked to be named though. I think its pretty sweet
ELI: Do you keep in touch with most of the Australian Players in the league?
BRAD: Not with everyone. But you form a pretty good bond with most of your Aussie mates in your team or your opposition.
Monday, October 29, 2007
For the White Sox, aside from their pitching rotation which seems they will look to in house options, I see them looking for upgrades at shortstop, and of course in the outfield. Torii Hunter and Aaron Rowand are both options in the outfield, while I see them going hard for David Eckstein if he hits the open market. If they cannot land Eckstein, expect them to go for Japanese shortstop Tomohiro Nioka.
- The Braves traded Edgar Renteria to the Tigers for Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernandez.
Who Wins?: The Braves take it on this one. They acquire a young, capable pitcher who is ready to take a spot in the rotation while acquiring a young outfielder with a lot of potential. They do not lose much with Renteria because Yunel Escobar is ready to play everyday at shortstop.
- Yankees offer managerial position to Joe Girardi.
Great Choice?: Yes. He has managerial experience and knows the Yankee organization very well. He is not afraid to stand up to the Front Office and is passionate about the Yankees, who he won a World Series with. The one thing he must do is bring in a veteran bench coach so some of the veteran players like Posada who played along side him do not feel upstaged. A possiblity, I think, is Frank Robinson.
- 57 Players file for free agency.
Notable players: Torii Hunter, Barry Bonds, Livan Hernandez, Kerry Wood, Francisco Cordero, Carlos Silva, Paul Lo Duca, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Aaron Rowand.
11. Adam Dunn, Reds
Although Dunn won’t be with the Reds till the end of Spring Training, they will still exercise his contract and give him one more year with the team. He does strikeout a lot, but his bat in the middle of that lineup makes them a lot better. He will be with the Reds at least for 2008, probably beyond that.
12. Corey Patterson, Orioles
Corey Patterson does not seem like an All Star but is definitely contributing. He has done great in a low market town and both the Orioles and he would like to see that continue. However, teams would love to have his speed in their lineup, and I think he is curious to test the market. It would probably take a four year deal, worth 35-45 million dollars to sign him, 50 at the most if the market continues to soar.
13. Andy Pettitte, Yankees
A lot depends on what his other teammates do, but I think Pettitte will exercise his 16 million dollar option. He had a great year for the Yankees and could do it again without question. Also, he would be smart to wait for a year with better pitching available, like next season where he could make more money.
14. Mike Cameron, Padres
Cameron struggled some with the Padres but I am sure there will be interest. His hometown team, the Braves, are looking for an outfielder and they could take him for two or three years. That would give time for younger prospects to develop while giving them a good power bat in the middle of their order.
15. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
Mariano Rivera is hurt by Joe Torre’s departure. He understands baseball, which makes me think he might stay, but Rivera looked to Torre as a father figure and he may decide to leave the Yankees behind and walk. He knows he would do better in the NL, would keep a closer spot, and have a couple extra years. I do not think the Steinbrenner’s would hesitate pulling him if he struggled, and I think Rivera needs some security.
Prediction: Yankees [updated 10/30-changed from Phillies]
Fukudome will cause craze like Matsuzaka did, but since he is coming off surgery, his expectations might not be as high. I do expect a lot of teams to be interested, and since he does not have a posting fee, he could be signed without any warning.
17. Eric Gagne, Red Sox
I said earlier in the year that Gagne should be let go by the Red Sox and I believe that they will let him walk. He struggled with the Sox and I think it was because he was in a town like
18. Carlos Silva, Twins
Silva had a great year for the Twins and is probably going to go out and cash in. The Phillies, Cubs, Braves, Dodgers, Padres, and Mets are interested, but might drop out depending on how much he is looking for. The Cubs are looking to add another pitcher and if they can put together something between Lilly and Marquis, it is possible. The Braves seem the most likely, but if the Cubs can settle the ownership thing, they are my front runner.
19. Jose Guillen, Mariners
The Mariners would have to do a lot fast if they want to keep Guillen, who has a mutual option. They want to play Adam Jones but must make room for him. If they can trade Richie Sexson and move Ibanez to first base, they could keep Guillen and Jones, but that seems unlikely because Sexson has lost something in his swing. He wants a multi-year deal and could get one with Adam Katz as his agent.
20. Milton Bradley, Padres
Milton Bradley ended the year in dramatic fashion but I think the Padres would like him back. He showed good power and had respect from his coaches and teammates, which many in the Front Office like. He did a good job in left field too, and adding a center fielder like Fukudome would make their lineup pretty good.
Hunter to file for free agency soon?: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter is leaning towards filing for free agency, MLB Rumors correspondent Steve Wilson has learned. It would makes sense. It seems the Twins are not willing to pay him what he thinks he is worth and will test the market. An announcement is expected tomorrow or Wednesday, but it seems it will happen soon.
CONFIRMED BY ESPNEWS
1. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
Rodriguez is looking for a lot of money, but I think most teams will see that the price is not worth it. As of right now, several teams are still interested but that could change because
2. Torii Hunter, Twins
Hunter is the most valuable outfielder on the market. He is a great in the field, and puts up good numbers that would boost any lineup. I see him testing the market because he has complained about the direction of the Twins. He also knows they do not have room for Johan Santana which makes me think he will go somewhere with some potential to be a contender. Like the Rangers, where he grew up, could be a contender in the AL West as players on the better teams begin to decline.
3. Aaron Rowand, Phillies
Rowand is also a great outfielder but injury problems are definitely a risk. He is great with the bat, but is reckless in the field leading to many injuries. Many teams would still be interested in him however, and he could command a pretty solid deal. I expect him to get around a five year, 80 million dollar deal. I know you may think that is a lot, but look what Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Lee, and several others got last season. The White Sox would love to have him back, but so would the Phillies. I think his heart may still be in
Predicition: White Sox
4. Andruw Jones, Braves
The Braves understand what he has done for the franchise, but he wants so much money that the Braves don’t think it is worth it. Many other teams will be interested and there are other free agents interested in playing in
5. Livan Hernandez, Diamondbacks
Livan Hernandez is the best pitcher on the market and his performance in the playoffs in only helping his cause. He is not only a veteran, but does the job every day with little to no complaints. He is a horse having started 33 games this season including playoffs as well. He is very close to his half brother Orlando Hernandez, who the Mets are very high on, and may try to bring in Livan to make them happy and improve their rotation. The Diamondbacks have little room to sign him so you will probably see him walk.
6. Mike Lowell, Red Sox
Mike Lowell had a great season under the radar with the Red Sox. He thrived on having been blocked by Alex Rodriguez in the AL East, and it showed in his numbers this season and postseason. He is great player, and above average fielder who would help a lot of teams, but his love for
Prediction: Red Sox
7. Jorge Posada, Yankees
It is hard not to see Jorge Posada in a Yankee uniform. And although Joe Torre is out, the Yankees will make an overwhelming offer to Posada before he has a chance to test the market.
8. Bobby Abreu
It might cost them more than 16 million dollars to find another outfielder, even if he can put up better numbers. Abreu was good for them this year but isn’t the best in the field. He will be good for one more year but I do not see him with the Yankees beyond 2008.
9. Francisco Cordero, Brewers
Cordero is coming off an excellent year for the Brewers, but the team’s struggles in the second half may lead him to leaving. He is the best closer on the market, and the Brewers aren’t helping by buttering him up so much. They plan to make an aggressive offer to him, and although he may be pressured to test the market, I think he will stay in
10. Curt Schilling, Red Sox
Schilling had a decent year for the Red Sox going 9-8 with a 3.87 ERA and 101 K. He is getting older, but could put up good numbers on a National League team. Many are speculating that he will leave
Prediction: Red SoxHM. Tom Glavine, Mets
Glavine opted out of his contract and has said that because of his poor finish, he would like to end his career on a better note. Although the Braves are the front runner, do not rule out the Nationals yet. However, having started his career there and because he still lives there makes me think he will return.Prediction: Braves
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Now, the Yankees can turn their attention to Alex Rodriguez, and it looks like they plan to offer him a five year deal, worth 150-160 million dollars. This does not surprise me at all because the interest for him would not exceed over 120-130 million dollars elsewhere. I do not expect them to make much of a run at Mariano Rivera, but I do think the Yankees will go ahead with there three year deal, worth 40 million dollars for Jorge Posada.
Here's my take on it all: Japanese pitchers are a different breed. They work harder, work on their pitches so much that they can throw them in any count. Okajima will throw that nasty breaking ball on a 3-0 count with the bases loaded. Furthermore, aside from personal skill, their tendencies are different than most American pitchers, and cannot always be read as easily. Okajima had so much success early on because no one could pick up his tendencies. I expect those kinds of things to happen with some of the new Japanese players along the way. I expect Kei Igawa to have more success in the bullpen than in the rotation next season. A middle relief pitcher that will set it up for the late inning ones, I believe that is where his success is. His stuff is not overpowering, but it can get the job done for an inning.
For Bedard, the Orioles feel they have enough starting pitching and can unload him for major league ready players. I hope they are not counting Radhames Liz in that list. Liz has some of the worst mechanics I have ever seen, and will probably lead to arm problems eventually. Bedard could probably bring in a capable outfielder, and couple prospects. I expect interest in Bedard to be everywhere in this weak market for pitching. The Indians, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Cubs, Cardinals, Nationals, Mariners, Twins, and maybe the Blue Jays to be interested. This would be a smart move to make on the Orioles part. They could land several young players that could take over spots in the field and they would potentially put them on the same path as the Rockies are right now. However, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves-Orioles President Andy McPhail is known for taking his time with trades and it might hurt their chances of landing the best players. Only time will tell.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
ELI: How did you start get your start in baseball?
MATT: I found one player, who was actually a family friend, let me represent him. He never actually made it, but he gave me my start and I was able to move on from there.
ELI: Did you play any sports growing up?
MATT: Not so much baseball, I was more a basketball player?
ELI: What are your day to day duties as an agent?
MATT: It depends. I usually make a list for myself each night, but stuff definitely comes up during the day.
ELI: How much contact do you have with each of your clients?
MATT: I have a lot of contact with my players. I was just at Dontrelle Willis' Charity Event and some my other clients were there as well.
ELI: Coming into the off season with several clients unsigned, how do you prioritize which players come first?
MATT: Well, we have different people in the off season doing different things. We have an arbitration guy, contract guy, other things like that. We take our guys on a week long trip each year-this year we are going to Cabo with our guys.
ELI: Do you go to a lot of your clients games?
MATT: Yeah, and I have a lot of guys on the same team. I've got three on the Pirates, six on the Marlins, three on the Rangers, so I can visit them in groups.
ELI: Was becoming an agent something you had always wanted to do?
MATT: Actually no, it is something I just decided to do one day and went with it.
ELI: Out of baseball, do you have a favorite team?
MATT: The 49ers.
ELI: How about a favorite movie?
MATT: Bull Durham.
ELI: What is the one thing you would say an everyday fan does not know about sports agents?
MATT: I think that fans do not know how important our relationships with our players are. With all the things out side baseball, having us can really influence a career. Wives, girlfriends, breakups, parents pass away, all that can effect a player. Having us to turn to really helps players and I think that is the one thing people do not understand.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
ELI: What was it like being drafted by the Cubs? Did you see it coming?
JAMIE: It was exciting. It was a dream come true to be drafted by a pro team and have the opportunity to play.
ELI: After pitching in the majors for several years, you were sent back to the minors in 1992? What did you work on while you were down there to get back?
JAMIE: Getting my confidence back.
ELI: What was it like getting traded from the Red Sox to the Mariners? How did you find out?
JAMIE: It was an exciting opportunity to be a starting pitcher on a regular basis, doing what I wanted to do, going to an organization where I knew there was a consistent chance to go far, as long as I did well. I found out right before a game- I took off my uniform and just got on a plane.
ELI: Many would say that 1997 was your breakout year with the Mariners. Do you remember working on anything in the off season before that to get better?
JAMIE: Nothing in particular, the same program every season. Consistent work outs and getting rest while trying to get mentally prepared is all.
ELI: What was it like going to Japan in 1998? Were any of the players playing on the Japan team playing in the majors now?
JAMIE: Ichiro and [Hideki] Matsui were there. The opportunity to play on an All Star team was really exciting. Often times I thought about how I wanted to play on a regular season team full of All-Stars.
ELI: The 2001 season was a crazy year for the Mariners. What do you remember most from that year?
JAMIE: Everybody came in with a great work ethic and expected win, and we did. We tied the MLB record with 116 wins.
ELI: The final game in 2007 was a big one, were you feeling any different about that start than other ones?
JAMIE: I knew the significance of what was going on, which made it exciting, starting knowing the Mets were losing. But I tried to focus on pitching well, and fortunately we were able to win, and it gave us a division championship.
ELI: Can you tell me some about the Moyer Foundation? Camp Erin?
JAMIE: The Foundation is an extended home for me with the support of great employees, great volunteers, and the generous support of the community believing in what we do at the Foundation. With all that support, it has been a great way to give back to the community. Camp Erin is our bereavement camps for children- it is a special place for us. I feel privileged and honored to establish more Camp Erin's in the Northwest and beyond. To see many children, who are going through such a difficult time, benefit from Camp Erin is fulfilling. We are so grateful to those who have supported our mission through Camp Erin and we look forward to continuing to help kids for many years to come.
ELI: What would you say is your best pitch?
JAMIE: Any pitch that I can get someone out early on!
ELI: Could you name one hitter you have had constant success against?
JAMIE: It varies. Nobody really stands out. Maybe Scott Brosius.
ELI: Who is the funniest guy in the clubhouse?
JAMIE: Shane Victorino.
ELI: Who on the Phillies is most likely to be found sleeping in the dugout during the game?
JAMIE: Nobody, because I wouldn't let them.
ELI: What is your favorite baseball movie?
JAMIE: Field of Dreams.
ELI: Can you think of a funny mound visit you had with a coach or catcher?
JAMIE: Danny Wilson, during a Yankees game. I had left him a message earlier in the day asking him to be a God father to my son. The message got mixed up at the hotel, and he didn't get back to me immediately. At the game that night, after the first pitch, he walked up to me, handed me the ball, and said, 'Oh, and by the way, yes!'
ELI: If you could pitch to one pitcher in the past, who would it be?
JAMIE: Babe Ruth.