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Orioles Q&A: Nate McLouth

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth recently spoke with Times Staff Writer Pat Stoetzer about his time in the minors, the "cool dudes" in the Orioles' clubhouse and why Alan Trammell was his favorite player growing up.

QUESTION:

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What's the feeling now that you're back in the majors after spending half of this year in the minor leagues?

NATE MCLOUTH:

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It's great, man. People's careers take different paths, and sometimes it's not always easy. But life's not always easy. You learn from tough times and you get better, and you just appreciate where you're at.

Q:

Were there times when you thought you might not make it back to the bigs?

NM:

To be honest with you, my mentality wasn't 'I've got to get back.' It's just, come to the field, work hard and have fun and enjoy what I'm doing, appreciate what I'm doing. I think if you can have that type of mindset, enjoying what you're doing, then things will work out.

Q:

You've been in a few different big-league clubhouses, how was it coming into Baltimore's camp a few weeks ago?

NM:

It's cool. There are some cool dudes. I didn't know a ton of guys. I knew a couple guys before I got here, a couple of the pitchers were in Triple A when I was there, things like that. But there's a bunch of good dudes and I certainly have fun with them.

Q:

Do you guys feel a buzz in the ballpark and from the fans, seeing that the Orioles haven't had a winning team since 1997?

NM:

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[When I was in] Pittsburgh, it was kind of the exact same way. I haven't been here to experience it, but for a couple days now. It's an exciting time, whenever a team's winning. Especially when a team hasn't won in a long time. I'm a Detroit Lions fan, and it's the same way. It's been a lot of years of losing and not making the playoffs. Last year, they made the playoffs and it was crazy. So it's a neat thing for us.

Q:

Your locker is right next to 20-year-old rookie Manny Machado's, do you remember your biggest obstacle when you were that age?

NM:

Just the mental part of it, realizing it really is the same game you've always played. And not making it bigger than what it really is. That's the natural thing to think, and something that he's got to overcome.

Q:

Who was your favorite player when you were growing up?

NM:

I liked Alan Trammell a lot, and Jim Thome actually, when he was in Cleveland. I was a Tigers fan growing up. That's why I liked those Tigers back in the late 80s and early 90s. But Alan Trammell was always my favorite.

Q:

Who's one current player you'd pay to see play?

A:

[Mike] Trout. I've never played against him yet, but you see the things that he can do that not a lot of people can do. I think I saw he just turned 21 the other day. That's pretty incredible.

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