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Orioles Q&A: Omar Quintanilla

Orioles second baseman Omar Quintanilla recently spoke with

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staff writer Jake Rill about joining the team mid-season, playing for a playoff competitor in Baltimore, manager Buck Showalter, and his favorite players.

QUESTION: What was your reaction when you first traded to the Orioles from the Mets in late July?

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OMAR QUINTANILLA: I was happy, of course, blessed with another opportunity, and glad to be back in the bigs.

Q: Was it hard adjusting to another new team after playing for the Rangers last year and the Mets the first half of this season?

OQ: Actually, no. The guys were great to me, so it was easy to adjust. Especially knowing some of the guys, playing with them or against them throughout the years, so that helped.

Q: How important was it that you played in the first 18 games after you were traded here to Baltimore?

OQ: It helped a lot, playing consistently, towards your hitting, and actually defense too. I'm just going out there and trying to do my part and play hard and try to help the team win however I can.

Q: You were on a tear when you first came to the Orioles, hitting .394 through your first 11 games with the team; what do you attribute that to?

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OQ: Just being patient, and seeing the pitches well, and just trying to put a good piece of wood on the ball.

Q: What's it been like playing for a team that's making a serious push at the postseason?

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OQ: It makes it fun, being in a playoff race. It makes you want to come to the park every day, and try to grab as many wins as we can. This team is great to play with. [My] teammates are exciting, and the manager's great, can't ask for more.

Q: What has it been like for you playing for Buck Showalter, and that he has given you consistent playing time here?

OQ: I think it shows that he has confidence in me. From my perspective, I appreciate that, that's why I go out there and put it all on the line, give it all I got, and do whatever I can to help the team win.

Q: Who was your favorite baseball player when you were growing up?

OQ: I'd have to say, hitting-wise, Ken Griffey Jr., and defensively, Omar Vizquel. ... Playing the same position growing up and watching him play was inspiring to me.


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