Monday, April 9, 2007
Rangers reliever C.J. Wilson was nice enough to answer some of my questions for MLB Rumors through email. Wilson is a young hard throwing left hander in the Rangers bullpen entering his third season with the Rangers. He also has his own blog called Scorpion Tales: C.J. Wilson's trek through the '07 season.
ELI: What is Sosa like in the clubhouse? How has he been embraced?
C.J: He's great and everybody is happy to have such a legend on the team.
ELI: Why not use the blue glove?
CJ: When the blue glove was broken in, I used it every time.
ELI: What are the biggest differences in starting and relief? Which do you prefer?
CJ: If I could pick to start in the national league, I would do that, otherwise I would prefer to close.
ELI: How's Ron Washington?
CJ: Ron is awesome, he's realistic and positive.
ELI: You say you like Texas? Do you hope to pitch there for years to come?
CJ: Dallas is a great city, I am not a free agent so they're gonna have my rights for a long time it seems.
ELI: When did you start pitching? Have you always been a pitcher?
CJ: I was primarily an outfielder until I signed with the rangers in the 2001 june draft.
ELI: What would you say to kids who hope to become professional ball players?
CJ: I would say if you can continue to get better and stay healthy, it's possible. work harder than everyone else around you, and you'll give yourself a good chance.
ELI: Did you come up through the minors with any of the young guys on the team?
CJ: I played with feldman, tex, laird, and most of the guys that have been up and down like botts, rupe, tejeda, etc. We've had a lot of fun over the last few years. I also played against blalock, laird and botts in high school and junior college or in youth leagues during the summer.
ELI: Is there anyone on the team that has been like a mentor to you? Who?
CJ: In 2005, sandy alomar jr and doug brocail were great to me, last year I learned a lot watching and talking to Aki Otsuka.