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Orioles Q&A: Rill Talk with ... Pedro Strop

This week, I ventured down to the back corner of the Orioles' clubhouse to talk to relief pitcher Pedro Strop. I asked the hard-throwing right-hander about the group of guys in Baltimore's bullpen, what it takes to be a major-league reliever, his hat style, and more.

Question:

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This team has had a lot of walk-off and extra-inning wins since the beginning of last season. How exciting are those for the team?

Pedro Strop:

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Every time you win, it feels good. ... They really build up confidence, too.

Q:

What do you think has made the bullpen so successful since the beginning of 2012?

PS:

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We got a pretty good group in the bullpen. Combined with the way Buck uses us is even better because he knows where and what kind of situation to bring each guy in. He knows what he's doing, he knows what he's got back there. I think he's doing a pretty good job using us.

Q:

How fun is it being with that group of guys in the bullpen?

PS:

We've got a pretty good group of guys who take care of each other, take care of themselves. They're pretty good teammates. We don't get bored. We play around, we make jokes. But at the same time, we watch the game, we pay attention to the game, and we talk about the hitters. We ask questions to each other, it doesn't matter if you're old or if you're young.

Q:

Who's the funniest guy out in the bullpen?

PS:

I would say Darren O'Day. He's a pretty funny guy.

Q:

Being out in the bullpen with the same group of guys all season, how close do you get to those guys?

PS:

We're family here. We spend more time together than the time I spend with my wife. It's even better when those guys are easy to get along with. We feel like family.

Q:

If you weren't playing baseball for a living, what would you be doing?

PS:

I don't even think about it. But I would say, for sure I was going to be a big fan of baseball because I love it.

Q:

Who is your favorite baseball player?

PS:

Jose Reyes. I used to play shortstop and I really have fun watching him play, the way he plays the ball, his aggressiveness. He definitely was my favorite.

Q:

If you used to be a shortstop, when did you become a pitcher?

PS:

2006 was my first year pitching.

Q:

What's the most difficult thing about being a reliever?

PS:

Whenever you have a rough day, you don't have much time to be thinking about it. If it happens, just throw it away and just come back tomorrow

because that's what the bullpen is

. You have to be there everyday.

Q:

How come you wear your hat to the side a little bit?

PS:

You know what, I don't even know. Sometimes I try to put it straight, but after a pitch every time, I go and [move it] there so the hat goes back to that side. I think, you know, this is something that maybe when I was younger [I did]. But somehow it's a habit. I would say it's a habit. Like I could put it straight right now, but after I throw a pitch the hat is going to go back down there. I don't even know why I do it.

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