Monday, November 30, 2009
Hey Matt. I would love to see you answer some more difficult questions like, do you invest your own money in the stock market? I see from your interests that you watch Mad Money and go to thestreet.com. Do you trade stocks and if so what stocks do you like right now?
Thanks for the question Nick. This is the first non-baseball related question I have received, so I think it is a good idea to throw it on here to mix things up. As far as investing goes, it is something I have really become interested in over the last year and a half or so. About two years ago the only thing I knew about a stock was that people invest in them. Other than that I had no clue how to go about doing so, or how the stock market actually worked. After getting drafted in 2006 I hired a financial advisor to help me deal with some of these types of financial issues because I was so unfamiliar with them. He helped in giving me a general idea about stocks and let me know that I should start gaining a better understanding for them because they would be something I would be dealing with if I planned on investing in the future. During my first season in Triple A I really got hooked on learning as much as I could about the topic. I began learning by watching television shows on CNBC like Mad Money and Fast Money. I also started reading different websites like Thestreet.com. Over the last year or so I have read about 10 books on investing and it remains something I try to follow and learn about everyday. A lot of people that have a financial advisor like to just turn their money over to them and let them handle everything, but I feel that if I am going to invest I want to know what I am investing in. As far as my investing goes, my financial advisor takes care of most of my stocks and bonds. I can't really get into everything I own, but generally speaking I invest mostly in large cap, blue chip companies, but there is also some other stuff to keep my portfolio diversified.
If I had to pick one stock for you it would be Apple. It has been one of my favorite stocks since I began investing and it still remains that way.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
What I watch on TV (just list shows; can be past or present)
Sports, Family Guy, Sportscenter, Mad Money, Flip This House
What music I listen to (name bands/acts, no genre, can be as many as you’d like here)
Eminem, Tupac, Lil Wayne, The Fray, John Mayer, Young Jeezy, Audio Slave, Shinedown, T.I...
What I drive (color, make, model, year, any other details you want to include)
Black 2007 Jaguar XK
Favorite movie (or movies; can be past or present)
Dumb and Dumber, Major League, Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Rudy, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Wedding Singer, Tommy Boy, Big Daddy
What I’m reading (book, with author’s name)
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Magazines I subscribe to
ESPN the Magazine
Web sites bookmarked on my computer (don’t have to list all of them; just 3 to 5)
ESPN fantasy football, thestreet.com, facebook.com
Nothing specific, but if I do something during the day and play well that night I will make sure to do the same thing the next day.
Cracking my knuckles. I have a problem.
On my office walls
I don’t have an office right now, but if I did I would probably have some inspirational quotes framed, along with some sports action photos.
The one person I’d love to trade places with for a day (can be alive or dead; please include a sentence on why that person)
Tiger Woods. He runs the world.
My first job (as much detail as can provide- How old were you? What city? Name of position and company? Responsibilities of job? What did you get paid? What do you remember about it?
My first job was washing dishes for my families catering business. I started when I was probably fifteen years old. The business was in Everett, Massachusetts. My job was to clear dirty dishes off trays the waitresses brought to me. I would throw away any uneaten food and run the dishes through the dishwasher. When they were clean I would stack the dishes and put them away. The main thing I remember is not exactly smelling so fresh and so clean when I was done. I couldn’t wait to get home and take a shower.
My favorite meal (same thing- as much detail as you want to provide)
My favorite food is probably ice cream. I could eat it every night. Especially Cake Batter ice cream from Coldstone Creamery. However, I want to stay in relatively good shape, and live past the age of 35, so I try to only eat it a few times a month. My favorite meal is meat and potatoes. I eat it almost every night and have been doing it since I was five.
Talent I’d most like to have
Probably Tom Brady’s ability to play the quarterback position. I’ll admit it, I’ve got a man crush on him and I love the football. Also, Tiger Wood’s ability to play golf. It would be awesome to have all the other men in your sport fear you.
My favorite athlete to watch in another sport
My dream date (person, not how it’d go)
Any of the Victoria’s Secret models. Alessandra Ambrosio will do.
Favorite city to visit
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite sports team growing up
I have been a huge fan of all four major Boston sports teams my whole life.
My greatest love
My favorite physical attribute (about yourself)
I don’t really have one.
My least favorite physical attribute (about yourself)
I don’t really care about what I look like too much.
Favorite value in others
Honesty and sense of humor
Tom Brady. He's the best quarterback in the league AND he's married to a Victoria's Secret model.
Get married, start a family, and retire while I am still young enough to spend a lot of time with them. Learn to speak different languages and travel around Europe. Live on a golf course someplace warm and be the greatest 90 year old golfer of all time.
I don’t really live by a motto, but if I had to make one up on the spot it would probably be, “If you’re going to do something, you might as well do it right.”
Birthdate and birthplace
April 8th, 1985 in Peabody, Massachusetts
Married or single?
What you’re up to these days
Enjoying the off-season at home and getting ready for the start of next season.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
My friend and roommate Wade LeBlanc and me talking in the dugout prior to a game in L.A.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Laura and me a few minutes before tip-off
My favorite part of a Celtics game...Introductions
Friday, November 20, 2009
I received a question from Jake last week asking what went through my head when I got my first Major League hit off of Greg Maddux. I responded to his question but realized that the post of my video did not make it on the response. So here it is.
The video below is also of my first hit recorded from my girlfriend's camera. She was sitting with my family who flew out to L.A. for the game.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
What was it like to hit your first home run in Colorado? Also, did you get the home run ball?
What's up Nick? Thanks for writing a question. Hitting my first home run was awesome. Home runs are something that always seem to stick in your memory for a long time. I can still remember my first little league home run when I was 12 years old. I can picture exactly what I was thinking and how happy I felt when I saw the ball land on the other side of the fence. The same can be said for my first college home run. I can still envision stepping into the batters box in the 1st inning, getting a fastball down and in, and hitting a line drive over the left-center field wall into the netting covering our scoreboard. My first home run in a big league uniform is probably the most special of them all. Playing in the Major Leagues is something I've wanted to do since I was a little kid, so being able to hit a home run in a big league game is definitely really special. Although, If I could do it over again I would have hit the ball a little further over the fence. I never got to see it go out because I was running hard around first base in case it didn't get over the wall. I did get to watch it after the game on t.v. to see exactly how far it went. If the left field wall was 360 feet I think I hit it 361. Good thing they all count the same! I still have the television broadcast of the game that I will put below so you can see what I'm talking about.
It's funny that you asked if I got to keep the ball. I actually did get to keep it. The guy in the video that caught the ball brought it to our clubhouse attendants after the game and told me I could have it if I traded him another signed baseball along with a signed game bat. I only brought three or four bats for the trip to Colorado so I couldn't give him one of mine, just in case I broke a few the next day. I grabbed a pitcher's bat out of the bat bag and signed my name on it. The guy wasn't too happy when he saw a Clay Hensley model bat with my signature on it, but I'm sure he'll get over it.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thanks for writing Lisa. Actually, when I first arrived in Eugene, Oregon a week after getting drafted, it was nothing like I had imagined. Growing up, and even throughout college, I was not very familiar with minor league baseball. I had never been to a game, and didn't know very many people that were playing in the minor leagues. Our home ballpark was one of the oldest parks in the United States. It was over 100 years old. You could have sworn at any minute the place was going to collapse. I lived in a hotel room with a roommate for the entire summer. The room was very small and only had two beds with a tiny television. No kitchen. No microwave. At the field we were given peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day for a pre-game meal. Sometimes we had a choice of Doritos chips. The locker room was smaller and older than my college locker room. We would travel from town to town on a bus that may have been older than our stadium. We broke down a few times, once on a return ride from Vancouver, Canada, when it took us a total of 15 hours to return. If you have ever seen the movie Bull Durham you can get a pretty good idea of what life was like. I didn't have a car, but instead rode a bicycle to and from the ball park. After games I would ride to IHOP or McDonald's for dinner. If our game ended early enough there would still be a restaurant or two open so we could get a real meal. I was paid $300 a week, and that was before I paid for my hotel room and club house dues. I was fortunate enough to receive a signing bonus, but there were many players that didn't and had to scrape to get by for the summer. Those are many of the things that I didn't expect to find when I arrived for the first time. There were also a lot of great things I found. It was really great baseball. Most of our players were all great college players or from countries like Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and many others. Many were high draft picks, and even the guys that weren't were tremendous ballplayers as well. The stands were packed for almost every game. In college we were lucky to have 500 people at a game. We routinely had a couple thousand every weekend in Eugene. The coaches were great. They all knew so much about the game. I learned more about baseball my first professional season than I had for almost my entire life. Overall, it was just a lot of fun being in a nice place, with a new team, and great people.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Every team in the league has a tradition where they have the rookies perform something to welcome them to the team. Our team's tradition is to make each rookie do whatever our manager decides, whether it is to sing karaoke to the team or give a presentation on a certain topic. My first year in camp I had to take three players with me to a bull riding competition in Scottsdale, Arizona. We were given a media pass for the event and had to take a camera and interview people involved with the competition. We also had to dress like cowboys. We each spent $100 on cowboy hats, boots, shirts, and jeans. I had never seen a live bull riding event so it actually turned out to be pretty fun. It was just a little uncomfortable in my form fitting jeans. The team's media guy took our footage and added some special effects to make everything fit together nicely. The next day they brought a DVD player and big screen t.v. into the locker room so the team could watch our masterpiece. Check it out.