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The Questions With Josh Willingham
May 22, 2006
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May 22, 2006

The Questions With Josh Willingham

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What was your welcome-to-the-big-leagues moment?

In 2004 when I got my first hit, it seemed like the game kind of stopped. They got the ball, and I was like, I'm really here. I've got a little baseball room at home in Alabama, and it's on the mantel.

Your most embarrassing moment?

My first big league camp, I was catching in an intrasquad game. I go to throw the ball to second before the first inning, I step on the strap on my shin guard and fall on my face. I didn't live that down for a while. They would reenact what happened and laugh.

Favorite off-day activity?

Getting a good bite to eat with my wife, Ginger. We like steak, the filet.

If I weren't playing baseball, I'd be ...

working with animals. I was a biology major at North Alabama. I'd probably do marine biology.

Willingham, 26, who has hits in nine of the Marlins' 11 wins this season, drove in his rookie-leading 29th run in an 8--2 win over Pittsburgh.

The Marlins go to Tampa Bay to play their cross-state rival Devil Rays for three games this weekend.