Hardly on the radar when last season began, Brandon Fahey was recalled from Triple-A Ottawa on April 30 when Brian Roberts went on the disabled list, and got a hit off Seattle Mariners veteran Jamie Moyer in his first at-bat. He wound up staying with the Orioles for the rest of the season, starting games at second base, shortstop, third base, left field and right field. The son of former major league catcher Bill Fahey, who played 11 seasons in the majors, Fahey, 26, hit .235 with two home runs and 23 RBIs last year.
How much did things change after your major league success last year? -- I wasn't getting any more attention. But it was almost like some people were scared or kind of shy to talk to me. I was the same person. I don't know how that changed things, but it seemed like they were more shy toward me, even some of my close friends.
What's your best Miguel Tejada story? -- It's not really a story, but just the way he is able to keep himself relaxed all the time, no matter the situation, no matter where he is. He just stays calm, no matter what. He calls me Flay-Flay. I think he means to say Fay-Fay, but it sounds like Flay-Flay.
What is it like to be the son of a major leaguer? -- It was an unbelievable experience. I feel fortunate because I was able to grow up around locker rooms like this. Just being around the game, I think helped me and let me know what I wanted to do later in life. I saw how all the guys were treated and they got to play baseball every day. They were all such great guys. I always said, 'I want to be one of them.' "
Who was your favorite player growing up? -- Will Clark, probably. He played with the San Francisco Giants when my dad was a coach there. I saw his first major league at-bat. He hit a home run off Nolan Ryan to dead center. I was there.
Because of your stature (6 feet 2 inches, 160 pounds), do people ever not believe you when you say that you are a professional baseball player? -- One guy, this usher in Seattle, kept looking at me as I got my glove and went out to batting practice. Finally, he goes, "Are you a player?" I said, "Yeah." And he goes, "You could make a lot of money betting people that you are a major league baseball player."