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Orioles Q&A: Rill Talk with ... Freddy Garcia

This week, I caught up with Orioles veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia. We talked about him joining Baltimore, the young players in the game today, adjusting to a new team, and what life was like growing up in Venezuela.

Q:

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You've had some really solid starts so far for Baltimore. How do you feel you've done?

FG:

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I don't know, man. Look at numbers and you know how I'm doing. As simple as that.

Q:

How do you put behind bad starts when they do happen?

FG:

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It happens, man. The only thing is you don't want to get hit when you do pitch. If you pitch, you will get hit at some point though. What am I supposed to do?

Q:

At this point in this career, do you feel like you've been able to help out some of the younger guys on this team?

FG:

If they have a question, I answer. I talk to them. Whatever they need from me, if I can help them, I help them.

Q:

When Kevin Gausman was up here, did you feel like you were able to help him particularly because he's just 22?

FG:

We talked about stuff. Now, he has to execute what we talked about, pitching or whatever. Now it's about him, how he's going to do his business. You can talk about pitching and stuff, but at the end you've got to go out there and pitch and do what we talk about. If you want to throw a changeup, we talked about changeups, you throw it when you're pitching and see what happens.

Q:

Being around so many different teams, is it now easier to adjust to a new clubhouse?

FG:

Yeah, it's baseball. You know a bunch of people, you're familiar with. For me it's been easy because I'm a really relaxed guy. I don't have any problem with anybody in any clubhouse. I try to be a good teammate, so that's all.

Q:

How much have you enjoyed joining this team?

FG:

It's been really fun. There's a lot of young guys out there, older ones. It's fun to be around this team.

Q:

How much have you seen the game change since you debuted in 1999?

FG:

It's still baseball, but now there are a lot of young guys that come up. It's still the same game, but I don't think it's changed much.

Q:

What's it like now being the older guy and seeing so many great, young players playing?

FG:

I think it's exciting for the fans because when you get to the big leagues, you're no prospect anymore. The fans, they have to be excited for all the good players coming up at an early age. ... You've got to do your job once you get to this level.

Q:

Where is your favorite place to pitch?

FG:

Anaheim. I like to go there and pitch.

Q:

Did you have a favorite player when you were growing up?

FG:

No, not really. Because I was into every sport. Back in Venezuela, back then we got like a black and white tv. When I bought my first tv in color, that's when I got my first paycheck, so I wasn't really like around baseball. I played every sport, basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf.

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