Born: April 3, 1987, in Beaumont, TX
Age: 28 HT: 6-foot 3 WT: 227
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Home: Beaumont, TX
Life outside baseball: Pretty relaxing. I'm not a huge go-getter. I try to get as much time with my family and friends as I can.
Sports hero when I was young: Ken Griffey, Jr.
People who influenced me the most/why: My parents. They raised me the right way. The helped me to never stop working for what I want. I went to Westbrook High School in Beaumont, Texas, and my baseball coach, Ken McDonald, was also a big influence in my life.
Best advice anyone ever gave me: The Reds scout who signed me, Brian Wilson, told me to never forget where you came from and never forget what made you successful.
Players, past and present, I'd pay to watch play baseball: I'd love to have seen Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. Today, Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. I get to watch Joey Votto every day.
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing
Type of car: BMW 750 and a Chevy Silverado truck
Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting
Favorite actor/actress: No one really I like a lot of them.
Favorite TV shows: My all-time favorite is Friday Night Lights.
Favorite music: Hip-hop and Country
Favorite food: I love a good burger. I like Thai food a lot.
Favorite ballparks: I love Dodger Stadium a lot. PNC Park in Pittsburgh has a beautiful backdrop.
True sign of success: Having the process to back up success. And being dedicated to the process.
Player I learned the most from: Scott Rolen
Three favorite cities on the road: Chicago, San Francisco and Houston
Characteristic I admire in a person: Honesty
Favorite sports team outside of baseball: I don't have one.
Best time of my life/why: I'd have to say my career playing baseball. I think the reason being, it was my dream growing up. It's what I've always dreamed of doing.
Biggest disappointment: I came into the 2014 season in great shape, but the knee surgery was tough. It wasn't a lot of fun.
Most important attribute a baseball player needs: Dedication and consistency to their work
If I could change one thing about baseball: I think I like it the way it is.
I'm most proud of: The work I've put into my profession
Behind my back they say: I hope they say I'm a professional and play the game the right way.
If not a baseball player, I would have been: Early on I thought maybe an attorney. But having grown up, I really like psychology a lot. Maybe something in that field.
Toughest pitcher I ever faced: The guy who's given me the most trouble is Wandy Rodriguez. But, stuff-wise, I'd say CC Sabathia back in 2008.
Life after baseball will be: Hopefully, I have a beautiful family I'll be a part of and committed to. I would also like to relax and enjoy my life.
Most embarrassing baseball experience: I'd say the entire 2014 season. I played terribly. I got hurt. I never got it going.
My most memorable game: In 2010, I hit a walk-off home run off Houston pitcher Tim Murdoch, a lefty, which helped us clinch the N.L. Central Division. I hit the ball to center field. I remember rounding third base and seeing everyone at home plate and the celebration beginning. That was pretty cool.
By Rick Sorci
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