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You asked, and Adam answered. Notes from NatsTown sat down with first baseman Adam Dunn during the previous homestand with the questions you submitted. Check it out and see if your question was answered.
1. Jana Robbins, Woodbridge, VA: What did you do with your days off? You have made this year exciting. Thanks!
Well, Jana what I do on my days off, normally if they’re at home, spend time with the wife and kid and do whatever they want to do. But I definitely get a lot of rest and play a lot of X-Box.
2. Joey Robbins, Woodbridge, VA: What kind of gum do you chew out there when you play?
Joey, when I play I choose the sugarless Double Bubble. This one right here [takes gum out of his mouth].
3. Carol O’Hagan, Stafford, VA: How many packs of gum do you go through in one game?
Carol, I don’t know how many packs of gum I go through a day but I probably go through, probably 15 or 20 pieces in a game. I chew a lot of gum.
4. Kimberly Everts, Hagerstown, MD: Growing up, who was your baseball idol? Do you model your play after anyone in particular?
Kimberly, to answer your question about my baseball kind of role model growing up, I try to patent my game. I was a big fan of Larry Walker. For some reason, I don’t know why, I just liked the way he played.
5. Lucas Pillar, Great Falls, VA: Have you ever considered bunting for a base hit when the other team has the over-shift on? With only one infielder on the left side, it seems like they are asking you to send a hard bunt down the third-base line. When they start defending against it, it will open up space on the right side.
Lucas, to answer your question about bunting, I do think about it but I’m not that good of a bunter so I figured if it’s a good enough pitch to bunt it, I’ll pop it up and be really mad at myself. So that’s probably a pitch that I probably could have maybe hit a homer.
6. Robert Floyd, Furnace Mountain, VA: I’m really curious as to your thought process when you come to the plate. Are you thinking home run, or just hit it hard? Does your approach vary, depending on situation, pitcher or pitch count? I’d love to know what you’re thinking when you stand there at the plate and hold your bat up in the air – that has to freak pitchers out.
Robert, to answer your question about when I’m at the plate, kind of what I’m thinking, it kind of depends on the pitcher and the situation. If we’re down by one late in the game and I’ve got a chance to tie it, put us ahead, I’m going to try to tie or put us ahead. If not, if we need baserunners, I’ll try to work a walk or try to get a base hit.
7. Cassie Little, Ocean City, MD: I’m an Alan Ashby Fan too. I have seen numerous times on the Jumbotron that your favorite player was Alan Ashby because of his hair… you have grown your hair out a little bit but not to the extent that he did but can we count on you growing a fro and having a mustache like him for next year
Cassie, Alan Ashby was my favorite player growing up. I actually have become really good friends with him. But to answer your question about my hair, growing out like his, absolutely not. That was more of an 80’s mullet.
8. Neil Hendricks, Blacksburg, VA: How much video do you watch of opposing pitchers? Do you tailor your strategy based on who is pitching or do you have a general strategy when you hit?
Neil, to answer your question about how much video I watch, I try not to because it always looks a lot nastier and the pitchers look a lot better than they normally are on video. All I want to know is what they have and kind of their tendencies in counts, what pitches they throw.
9. Jeanie Barlett, Bel Aire, MD: What are your predictions for the upcoming College Football season? Now that Sam Bradford is out do you think Colt McCoy can lead the Longhorns to the title?
Well Jeanie, to answer your question about College Football, I think even if Sam Bradford was healthy and the tight end wasn’t out for the season, I think Texas would still kick their butts. I think it’s going to come down to whoever wins in the SEC and Texas.
10. Cary Kisner, Vienna, VA: Is it safe to say that you would have owned Rob Dibble had you and he played at the same time?
Cary, that’s a very good question about me and Rob Dibble. I think asking him, he would probably say that he would own me but I would like to beg to differ.
Here at Notes from NatsTown, we want to give YOU the opportunity to get to know some of your favorite players both on and off the field. Next homestand, slugger Adam Dunn will be answering YOUR questions–ask anything and everything. Submit your question(s) along with your name and city to us via e-mail at email@example.com
from now until noon on September 8th and we will post his answers
immediately. Check back and see if your question is answered! If your
question is selected, you will receive a free gift from the Nationals.
Here at Notes from NatsTown, we want to give YOU the opportunity to get to know some of your favorite players both on and off the field. Next homestand, slugger Adam Dunn will be answering YOUR questions–ask anything and everything. Submit your question(s) along with your name and city to us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org from now until noon on September 8th and we will post his answers immediately. Check back and see if your question is answered! If your question is selected, you will receive a free gift from the Nationals.
Here at Notes from NatsTown, we want to give YOU the opportunity to get to know some of your favorite players both on and off the field. Next homestand, slugger Adam Dunn will be answering YOUR questions–ask anything and everything. Submit your question(s) to us via e-mail at email@example.com from now until noon on September 8th and we will post his answers immediately. Check back and see if your question is answered! If your question is selected, you will receive a free gift from the Nationals.
You asked, and Willie answered. Notes from NatsTown sat down with fan favorite Willie Harris during the previous homestand with the questions you submitted. This utility player, who is known for his speed, acrobatics and energy, answered the questions with his usual flair. Check out what Willie had to say, and look for the video of the interview during the next Nationals home game.
1. Russell from NY: You play many positions on the field. Do you have a favorite? Would you come out of the bullpen and pitch if you had to?
Well Russell, I think my favorite position would probably be second base mainly because that’s where I came up playing all the way up through the Minor Leagues. Just more comfortable at second base. And if they needed me to come out of the bullpen, I’d give it a shot.
2. Diana from Bethesda: What’s the story behind your Michael Jackson at-bat music? Can you moon walk?
Well Diana, I think I can moonwalk. But I was just really paying tribute to Michael Jackson, the late Michael Jackson. In that series, I just wanted to come out to some of his music and kind of give the fans a little bit of that Michael Jackson that we’re all going to miss.
3. Kyle from DC: I hear you’ve been developing an alter ego a la Nyjer Morgan and Tony Plush. Can you tell us about him?
Well Kyle, you know, Tony Plush is a guy in between the lines. Nyjer Morgan is a guy that kind of floats around the clubhouse and the hotels away from the ballpark. But Nyjer and myself, we’re working on a name for me and we’re trying to come up with something that will fit me just like Tony Plush fits him.
4. Alex from Clarendon: What is your favorite baseball memory?
Well Alex, I think my favorite baseball memory would have to be winning the World Series in 2005. Being able to come off the bench and face one of the premier closers in the game, which is Brad Lidge, and be able to get a base hit off of him and score the game-winning run of game four to seal the deal, that’s by far my biggest moment in the game.
5. Geoff from PG County: If you weren’t a baseball player, what sport would you play?
Geoff, I think I’d probably be playing football. I was a pretty good punter in high school and I think I could go out there right now and punt one about 50 yards with the height and give my defense time to collapse on that receiver or that DB down there on the other end of that punt.
6. Nick from Alexandria: Is there any player you look up to? Who do you model your play after? Well Nick, my favorite player, and the guy I model myself around, is Ichiro Suzuki, mainly because he plays small ball and if he has to he can get you with the long one. But he plays fundamental baseball. He steals bases, he does everything pretty much right, bunting, defense, everything is pretty solid for Ichiro.
7. Andy from Silver Spring: If you and Nyjer Morgan had a footrace, who would win?
Well Andy, I think that could go either way. If we raced ten times, I think Nyjer would beat me three times. But if I was racing Tony Plush, he’d probably beat me seven times. So give or take, who knows?
8. Matt from Georgetown: Do you think Teddy will ever win?
Well Matt, I think that Presidents Race is set up, man. I was trying to get in there to be Teddy some kind of way one day just to get him one victory but I don’t think Teddy will ever win.
9. Mike from Virginia: You are a huge fan favorite. Are you as easy going off the field as you are on the field?
Mike, I’m a little bit more ‘easier’ off the field. When I’m here at the ballpark, I just want to go all out. I want to leave everything out on the field. Whenever I get an opportunity out there to help my team win I just want them to know that I’m here to play hard. Some days you’re going to have good days and some days you’re going to have bad days. You just gotta try to stay even keel, keep everybody upbeat, and everything will be good.
10. Todd from Chevy Chase: Have you always considered yourself an underdog because of your size?
Yes, Todd. I was told when I was in college that I could never make it to the Big Leagues and the guy that told me that is Mike Martin down at Florida State. Now when I go home, I just want to go and shake his hand and let him know, it’s not how big you are, it’s how big your heart is.
11. Ryan from Arlington: What’s your favorite thing to do or place to go in DC?
Well Ryan, I really don’t go too many places, but my favorite place would probably be that sushi restaurant down in Georgetown. Lot of life down there in Georgetown, but like I said, I don’t really do that much. I’d rather sit at home and watch Fred Sanford and Martin Lawrence TV shows.
12. Megan from DC: Who is the craziest guy in the clubhouse? Who is the team comedian?
Well Megan, I’m probably the craziest guy in the clubhouse, but the team comedian is by far Josh Bard. You would never guess it, but he’s the funniest guy I’ve ever been around.
13. Tyrone from Atlanta: What’s your favorite nickname?
Tyrone, my favorite nickname…I hate to say this, but Melvin Mora, with the Baltimore Orioles when I came up, he gave me the nickname ‘Hollywood’ mainly because I was kind of flashy and wore the wristbands with the tape and things like that. That nickname ‘Hollywood,’ I left that in Baltimore and became low key and didn’t want too many guys not liking me because of my swagger.
14. Maura from Bethesda: What’s the best prank you’ve pulled or seen pulled on a baseball player?
Well Maura, the best prank that I’ve seen was (laughs), it was on me actually. I’m sitting on the bench in Baltimore as a rookie, and I look down and my shoestrings are on fire. I don’t know what’s going on. So the guys, they got me really good. I’m jumping around trying to dump the whole water cooler on my feet just to put the fire out. So now I have cold feet and wet feet. But that’s pretty much the best prank that I’ve seen that has been done, and of course it was done to me.
15. Derek from Chantilly, VA: Which actor would play you in a movie?
Well Derek, I would have to say Martin Lawrence. So many people tell me I’m somewhat like Martin. My family, they say ‘you act just like that guy!’ Our demeanor and just the way we carry ourselves…I think Martin Lawrence.
16. Burt from Laurel, MD: What songs do you listen to when getting ready for a game?
Well Burt, I like to listen to Eminem ‘Lose Yourself’ mainly because it just breaks it all the way down for you. You only get one shot, and if you get that one shot you need to make the most of that one shot and try to do your best with that opportunity.
17. Christine from Hagerstown: How does the team stay entertained during all those rain delays? Well Christine, there’s all types of things we do. Some guys come up and play cards, some guys link up on the PSP and play golf, and some guys just lie around and take naps. It just depends on how you feel that day or what’s your demeanor. Everybody is different, but at the same time when that rain delay is over, we’re in between the lines getting after it.
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Here at Notes from NatsTown, we want to give YOU the opportunity to get to know some of your favorite players both on- and off-the-field. This week, fan favorite Willie Harris will be answering YOUR questions. Submit questions to us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org from now until noon on Saturday and we will post his answers next week. Check back and see if your question was answered! If your question selected you will receive a free gift from the Nationals.
Also, check out John Lannan’s answers from the last edition of Know Your Nats here!
You asked the questions and John Lannan answered them. Lannan gets the start on the mound tonight as the Nats begin a four game series with the Pirates. Lannan was lights out in his last start vs. the Padres, pitching 8.0 innings giving up only five hits, one run and one walk. He left as the pitcher of record but got the no-decision. Lannan has posted a quality start in nine of his last 10 outings and has recorded a quality start in 37 of 58 (64%) career assignments, including a team leading 14 this season. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 17 of his last 19 starting assignments in 2009.
Questions for John Lannan:
1. Greg from Potomac, MD: What do you think of your nickname “The Cannon?” What other nicknames have you had? Do you have a favorite?
The nickname the cannon, it’s ok. Cannon really reminds me of somebody who throws fast, like a cannon ball. So it just rhymes with my last name, I kind of like it. Guys usually just call me Lannan and that’s been my name since high school.”
2. John from Herndon, VA: What does it mean to be the ace of the staff? And are you it?
No, I do not think I’m the ace. I just like to go out there and give the team a chance to win every time I go out there. I know with confidence that if I’m out there, we have a pretty good chance of winning so that’s what I think on what kind of pitcher I am. I don’t think I am the ace. I think we got a lot of young pitchers and we all contribute.
3. Juan from CT: Who is the toughest hitter you have ever faced? What makes them so tough to get out?
All hitters are tough, but I have to say that Chase Utley is pretty tough just because he stands so close to the dish and he’s pretty patient and he’s just a tough lefty to get out.
4. Tony from Hempstead, NY: Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Scooby Doo is my favorite because he’s always solving mysteries and he’s always hungry. Kind of reminds me of myself.
5. Dan from Brooklyn, NY: What was it like pitching at Yankee Stadium for the first time?
It was great. I loved it. It was the new stadium, so it wasn’t the old one. It would have been better if it was at the old one but the new stadium was awesome. My whole family was there and it was just a great feeling for me and my family.
6. Yukari from Rockville, MD: If you could spend a day with any baseball player, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Cy Young… because I want to know what he did to be so successful back then.
7. Marie from Alexandria: What is your favorite restaurant in DC?
Right now, Matchbox. It’s in Chinatown. It’s a pizza place. It’s pretty chill and they’ve got great food.
8. Ron from Scotch Plains, NJ: If you could be any vegetable, what would you be and why?
If I could be any vegetable, I would be a tomato. Yeah. I don’t know why. I just made that up.
9. Katie from Fairfax, VA: What is the greatest feeling you have ever had as a baseball player?
Greatest feeling? I mean, every time I go out there on the mound. That’s why I love doing this and I love playing baseball, it’s because every time I go out there, it’s the same feelings. It will never go away.
10. Kim from Bowie, MD: Are there any pitchers that you model your play after?
Growing up, I always watched Andy Pettitte and Tom Glavine. But I have my own style of pitching. Those guys are great and they have different pitches and they’ve had great careers so I would like to model my careers after those guys. But style? I think I have my own style.
11. Mike Henderson: Have you had a chance to follow the progress of any of the pitchers the Nats have selected and signed so far in this year’s draft? Does anybody in particular stand out?
I’ve followed Storen. I met him when he signed with the Nationals so I followed him when he was in Hagerstown and he’s doing really well. He got promoted to Potomac so hopefully he’ll be up here in September.
12. Michael from Discovery: How do you keep motivated when the team is struggling?
It’s the game of baseball. You’re going to have your ups and downs. You just have to stay calm and keep on working hard. It’s a judge of character when you’re losing, so you have to stay mentally strong and good times are going to come.
13. Gavin from section 138: I’m trying to figure out the tattoo on the inside of your arm. Can you say what it is? Also, did you get a new roommate, or do you have to pay for all the rent by yourself now that Joel was traded? Did Nyjer move in?
My tattoo is a cross. It’s the same cross my grandmother gave me when I graduated high school so I did that and it’s my initials, J.L., on the bottom of it. And the second part of that question, Joel did move out and I have a new roommate. It’s Tyler Clippard.
14. Sandra from Bethesda: Did you have anybody growing up in Long Island who you considered a role model and helped you get to where you are today?
Yeah, growing up I had a coach, his name is Tommy Bean, and he really helped me out. He coached me throughout Little League and high school ball. He always told me that I had something special and I never really believed him but now he kind of rubs it in my face. He’s been a great supporter of mine and I’ve always looked up to him.
15. Susan from the United States: When you were younger did you ever think about being a professional baseball player or did it just kind of happen? Also, what would you be doing if you weren’t playing baseball?
No, actually as a kid I loved playing baseball, but I didn’t in a million years really think of becoming a baseball player. It just sort of happened later on in life. If I wasn’t playing baseball… I got my degree in marketing and management, so I’d probably be doing some kind of advertising and marketing for a business something or other.
16. Eric from DC: Have you ever thought about growing a good luck mustache? Will you? Never. I look like my dad, and my dad rocked a mustache in the late-’80s, early-’90s, and I’m not doing it. Sorry.
Here at Notes from NatsTown, we want to give YOU the opportunity to get to know some of your favorite players both on and off the field. This week, starter John Lannan will be answering YOUR questions. Submit questions to us via e-mail at email@example.com and we will post his answers later this week. Check back and see if your question was answered!