politics at Princeton and being the only male to win Ivy League rookie of the
year in two sports
It was tough my
first semester. I didn't like being away from home [ Dallas], and it was a
challenge having to balance basketball, baseball and that academic workload. It
taught me quickly how to be responsible and how to maximize my time. My senior
thesis looked at how the media influence public opinion. I used Jackie Robinson
as a variable to measure how racial stereotypes and attitudes in the 1940s
changed as a result of his integration into baseball.
On getting advice
from fellow 6'10" pitcher Randy Johnson
We were in New
York, and he took time to speak to me for 45 minutes in the weight room. We
talked about mechanics and how important it is [as a tall man] to find a
consistent delivery. Randy passed on drills and focal points that helped him.
I've taken a lot of what he said and tried to apply it.
A group of us
with the Rangers [last year] went to the White House when we were in Baltimore.
It was amazing to stand in the Oval Office. We talked about a few things, but
the war in Iraq was the main topic. What I took away from the meeting was how
real he is. What you see on TV is the same person you get in private. He's
extremely passionate and devoted and faithful.
On meeting his
We met in our
first class freshmen year, but it took us three years to wise up and start
dating. It was Spanish class where we met. She claims she was better [at
Spanish] than me, but I think she took my being quiet and soft-spoken for not
On her family's
great-grandfather was [former player, coach and G.M.] Lester Patrick, who was
very influential--they named the former NHL Patrick Division after him. Her
grandfather [Muzz] played for and coached the Rangers, her dad [Dick] is
president of the Capitals, and her uncle Craig was general manager of the
Penguins. I've gotten to be a hockey fan, but I'm still learning.