As a former University of Alabama pitcher and football fan, which Tide victory did you enjoy more last season - against Florida in the SEC title game or Texas for the national championship?
I would say Florida, because of the rematch aspect and the hype. They almost hyped it like it was the national championship game. I got to go (to the SEC title game) in '08 and '09, and I went to the big one, too. But that game to me was the best I've been to in person, just watching the team dominate.
What's the most amazing thing you've ever seen an athlete do?
What Michael Phelps did in the Olympics was unreal. You have people training for four years to compete in one event, and he competes in eight events and sets records (and wins gold medals) in eight.
How will the addition of closer Rafael Soriano impact the bullpen?
In a big way. Last year, the phone would ring in the sixth, and everyone would look at each other like, 'Who's going in?' The phone would ring eighth and ninth, and the people that were still there were like, 'OK, who's going in?' Obviously, we knew J.P. (Howell) was the ninth-inning guy. But once he started getting a little under the weather, it was like 'Well, who's going up there?' With Soriano, we just know he's got that ninth, and we'll all slot in at the right spot.
Which coach outside of baseball, historical or current, would you most like to play for?
A lot of people don't like the guy we have, (Alabama football coach) Nick Saban, but I really like him. I don't know what he would be like to play for, but the guys really love him. There are others, too. Playing for Coach (Mike) Krzyzewski would be one. I grew up liking Duke basketball.
Forgetting the obvious team goals, what are your individual goals this year?
Just go continue to be consistent and build on the last two years and, hopefully, put up better numbers. But numbers aren't everything. If you're giving the team a chance to win, that's the most important thing.