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DP: Is baseball cool in the African-American communities?
TH: No, baseball's not cool. I'm from there, I'm telling you. Nobody plays it.
DP: If you were 12 now, would you be playing baseball?
TH: If my dad were a major league baseball player, yes, I would. My kids love basketball and football, and they play baseball too. But basketball is [my son's] love. I'm fighting him, my own son. I'm a centerfielder for the Angels; he doesn't care.
DP: Kids get bored by baseball.
TH: I'm telling you, kids, the older you get, those balls are flying in the outfield [laughs]. It's a lot of fun when you're older. I'm having a blast. I've played 18 professional seasons. In football, you get drafted at 21, you're done at 22.
DP: What do you think of the immigration law in Arizona?
TH: I couldn't believe they came up with that, with spring training there. Guys go to a restaurant and probably won't bring their credentials. [They] get pulled over and go straight to jail? I don't think that's right.
DP: Do you think that the All-Star game in Arizona is in jeopardy next year?
TH: It could be, because you're going to get a lot of players from different countries, Latin players, and they might leave [their papers] in their hotels. They play professional baseball and they're there for a good reason, and they go to jail? That's crazy. I don't really get that. Yeah, it could be in jeopardy. Spring training could be in jeopardy.