Q & A with Florida Marlins Outfielder Bryan Petersen

What keeps you busy in the offseason?

I like to travel a lot in the offseason. Last year I went to Costa Rica, and this year I’ve already been to the Bahamas and Taiwan. I go to Japan, Guam, and Hawaii in early December too. Other than that, just training, surfing, off-roading, spending some time with the fam, and doing anything that’ll get my heart beating faster.

You are pretty popular on twitter – what do you like/dislike about the Social Media outlet?

I don’t know, sometimes I think the negatives outweigh the positives. I’m allowed to speak my voice, but most of the time it gets misconstrued anyway or comes back to bite you. Then you get the zeroes that feel like their voice counts when all they can write are vulgar comebacks.  On the flip side, there are a lot of positive people and it’s nice interacting with fans, it’s pretty cool.

Every ball player with aspirations of making it to the Bigs had an idol growing up, who was/is yours and why?

Ken Griffey Jr. That guy was special to watch. Made sick catches, hit homers, swiped bags and played the game hard.

The game of baseball is filled with them…do you have any crazy superstitions that you practice? If so, what is the significance of them?

No not really, superstitions can become crutches sometimes. I mean if I go 4-4 and I feel like that certain shower head had hits in it the night before, I’ll probably go back to it. I got that more as a comfort thing though, not necessarily a superstition.

You pitched an inning of relief on July 20th – being an outfielder, how cool was that?

I loved it because it was a huge adrenaline boost. The only thing that I wanted to do was to make sure that I threw strikes. I didn’t wanna be out there for 9 batters for the sake of the defense, and my shoulder and elbow.

At what point did you realize you had what it takes to make a living out of playing baseball?

I don’t know if I ever have “realized” that. I know that from a young age I was very confident that if I worked hard everyday to better myself and played the game the right way good things would happen. I owe a lot to my family, coaches, and teammates along the way. I was never the kid who could roll outta bed and outperform everyone. I like to think I’m a hard worker that doesn’t take mediocrity very well.

Tell us how you felt when you got the call to the Bigs?

Relieved. Sometimes the minor leagues can be a huge drag. The light at the end of the tunnel can be very dim sometimes. It’s nice to know that your hard work has finally paid off and you get a chance to perform on the biggest stage in your profession. Obviously I was super pumped too, but it was almost a feeling of “wow, those 20 years finally paid off”. Baseball’s a huge commitment that not everyone sees. Everyone sees our paychecks, our good plays, our mistakes, and thinks they have a firm grasp on what it takes to be where we’re at.

The Florida Marlins were riddled with injuries to key players (Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez) all season long, do you see a positive bounce back year in 2012?

We have to…in order to compete in the NL East we have to.

You have any thoughts on the NBA lockout?

I’ve actually been asked this a lot the past couple days and my answer is <to them>, stop. Be Honest – don’t try to take what’s not rightfully yours. Be responsible – don’t think about tomorrow, think about twenty years from now. Be yourself – Athletes can’t play without owners and fans. Owners can’t own without players and fans. And most importantly, fans can’t watch without the game. So do everyone a favor and work it out so you can get back to playing the game that you love, owning a team that you love, and watching a game we love.

LSU at Alabama Saturday – who are you taking?

I grew up watching baseball and the X-games. Did you know Kelly Slater just won his 11th title? I’m guessing we’re talking about football, and my roommate loves LSU so GEAUX TIGERS!!!!

You can Follow Bryan on Twitter @Peteypipes or his blog

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