What was your welcome-to-the-big-leagues moment?
Coming up last August; going to Seattle; pitching against Ichiro, Edgar [Martinez]. Then, after winning the game, getting showered with beer by the team. I'll always remember that beer shower.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
In Oakland this year I threw a pitch, and one of my contacts shot out of my eye. I'm looking around, and I don't even know what to do. My vision's terrible without contacts. I told the ump, 'I've got one contact in, there's no way I'm going to see the strike zone. I don't think the hitter wants me to pitch like that.' They called time, and it took, like, 20 minutes to find my backups and put another one in.
If I weren't playing baseball, I'd be ...
in college, at UT [ University of Texas]. Maybe just to play baseball. I'd be a junior right now.
If I were commissioner for a day, I would ...
give it up. I wouldn't ever want that job. I think we're doing all right right now.
He allowed three runs in 13 1/3 innings, in starts against the Blue Jays and the Twins.