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Rill Talk with ... Chris Davis

This week, I caught up with the Orioles' slugging first baseman Chris Davis. I asked about his hot start to the season, his recent bat smash, his favorite players, what he did at Longview High School in Longview, Texas, and more.

Q: Was the opening stretch of the season the best run of your career to this point?

CD: It was one of them. I think at the end of last year, the one in September I had was pretty good. But it's just one of those things where you get into a rhythm, you get comfortable at the plate, you're taking advantage of the mistakes the other team's making, and you're not missing any pitches that you shouldn't miss. It comes and goes. I think, as we've seen the last couple of weeks, or the last week, really, I need to be a little bit more patient. I think teams are trying to let me get myself out, as opposed to going after me, a little bit more. So you're constantly making adjustments in this game.

Q: How important has it been that the leadoff hitters are getting on base?

CD: It's huge. That's my role with this team is to drive in runs and I think when you get up to the plate and there's guys in scoring position you know you have an opportunity to really impact the game and I think it makes your job a little bit more worthwhile.

Q: Has it been easy transitioning back to first base?

CD: Yeah, I feel good over there. I think there was a lot of hard work that went into spring training, a lot of reps over there, and continuing to take a lot of reps over there. So I feel good, and hopefully the other infielders feel comfortable with me over there.

Q: Is first base your favorite position to play?

CD: I would say it's probably my most comfortable. I enjoyed playing the outfield a little bit last year. I think it took a toll on my body. But first base is probably my most comfortable position.

Q: Had you ever broken your bat over your leg before last Tuesday?

CD: I have. I have done that before. I said [Wednesday] it's not something that I'm proud of. It's something that happened and something I don't encourage anybody else to do, but we are all human and we take this game very seriously. And we work really hard, we sacrifice a lot of time away from our families to be here and be good at this, so it's obvious there are times where you're going to get frustrated.

Q: Did it hurt at all?

CD: No.

Q: If you paid for a ticket to watch any baseball player in the game today, who would it be?

CD: Giancarlo Stanton. I've heard he has legendary power. I'd like to see him play in-person.

Q: Who was your favorite player growing up?

CD: Ken Griffey Jr. ... I think that was kind of our generation's player to watch.

Q: What was your favorite part about growing up in Texas?

CD: We had a lot to do there. You could hunt, fish. I love the countryside. It's a beautiful state.

Q: If you weren't a baseball player, what would you be doing?

CD: I probably would've tried to play football. Or be a pastor or youth pastor, missionary, something like that.

Q: Did you play football in high school?

CD: I did. I was a defensive end/outside linebacker and a backup quarterback.